A bride, a groom, a cow, a cigarette and a big wedding

October 24, 2008

This week two separate photographers, Anahit Hayrapetyan and Inna Mkhitaryan, submitted pictures from a mass wedding of some 700 couples in Nagorno Karabakh. It’s not hard to see why this one stood out. Capturing the bride, the groom and the cow, given as a gift to the couple from sponsors of the wedding, in the one frame, Anahit has provided an environmental portrait of one of the newlywed couples.

View this week’s You Witness slideshow here.


It’s so nice to see a cow looking festive. That’s exactly the way I want the cows to look at my wedding…


This is a stunning image, the sort of photo I dream of capturing. The composition and timing are perfect.

Posted by graham lawrence | Report as abusive

As a women, I don’t particularly like this photograph. I imagine there is a reason why the woman and the cow keep equal distance BEHIND the man. Argh!


I would hate being the woman. He seems more in love with the cow than her!

Posted by Meme | Report as abusive

Who did the Cows outfit? I just HAVE to know!

Posted by kat g | Report as abusive


As a *woman* (because I’m only one person, unlike the several that your use of “women” portrays), I’m constantly disappointed that people can not only turn a simple photograph that celebrates a moment quite beautifully, can not only point out a sexist, racist, or other “degrading” quality that they see, but when the do so, post their comments with total disregard for the fact that incorrect spelling and grammar only lower themselves – and the group they claim to represent – even further. If you want to fight for equal rights of any group, the easiest way to do so is to become blind to the differences. I am a woman engineer who works in the trucking industry and have always been interested in cars and the biggest difference I have found between myself and people with your way of thinking is that instead of being the first to notice that I am the only female in the room, I’m the last.

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