Lepeshka or 'non' is the typical bread sold everywhere in Uzbekistan. Everywhere you go you can see bread sellers wheeling these around in old-fashioned way, using big-wheeled strollers straight from the tandyr clay ovens that are tucked away in the crevices between buildings in the old city. It's light, fluffy, glossy crust and when it's piping hot it is addictively delicious..
For the Uzbeks, 'non' is sacred and more than just food; it's a sign of well-being and traditionally in rural areas, the first thing people bring with them as a gift is 'non' and when leaving, the host won't say goodbye without giving them another 'non'. It is placed under the head of a newborn baby as a way of wishing it a long life or It is put between the legs of a baby who has just taken his first step to provide a blessing for its path. Mothers have their sons take a bite from 'non' hoping they will soon return from war safely and when someone leaves the house he should bite off a small piece of 'non', which will be kept until he comes back and eat it.
Traditionally, 'non' is never cut with knife but it is broken into pieces by hand before eating and it's considered disrespectful if placed upside down. The Uzbeks are so proud of their tradition, culture and history, and 'non' is not only a prominent part of their cuisine but it's a way of life..
Shot taken at Krytyy Market, Bukhara
WS1 - Precious 'non' closeup, taken at the same market
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EstudioChispa (1890) 2013-08-06 8:51
A fantastic shot and a wonderful note, Abmdsudi! Bread is life, and non is delicious. Seeing these loaves in the market makes me hungry!
pajaran (49690) 2013-08-06 9:21
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na tradicionalni hleb ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Ja mnogo volim da jedem hleb spremljen na tradicionalni nacin.
Very interesting and good text with the given data ...
Nice view of the traditional bread ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
I like to eat a lot of bread stored in the traditional manner.
All the best.
SnapRJW (30115) 2013-08-06 9:43
Hello Abmdsudi - Just looking at this bread makes my mouth water, how delicious it looks, fresh and wholesome and the staff of life. A fabulous DL scene, beautifully photographed with the large golden rounds in the FG and a detailed market scene behind. Yummy! Warm regards Rosemary
ourania (28400) 2013-08-06 9:49
an effective dynamic composition in a vertical frame, a scene with superb depth that allows us to enjoy the view of the delicious "non" and to learn certain things about daily life in Bukhara. I love the warmth and light brought to the picture and surely to the market and to people's mood by the long array of "non". There's a fine sense of movement in the frame and the scene has preserved its spontaneity and naturalness as the people do not seem aware of your camera. The texture and colour of the "non" are marvellous -in the workshop picture as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Silvio1953 (118330) 2013-08-06 10:26
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely daili life composition, nice scene, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15348) 2013-08-06 10:27
magnificent daily-life scene and good note bring us close the story of the "non".Looks delicious!You captured the scene excellently from aside without ingerention in their activities,which makes the scene more natural.
saxo042 (37062) 2013-08-06 12:11
This is really an interesting street scene, with these colourful women. But it is the positions of all the bread that draw the attention to this picture. They dominate this well composed scene entirely.
holmertz (38697) 2013-08-06 12:16
These last few pictures of yours from Uzbekistan are remarkably good and this one is also highly interesting, not just great to watch. My first reaction was that this bread would be very much the same as the bread of Iran, Afgfhanistan or any other country in that region. Now, looking closer, and especially when watching the WS photo, I see a great difference. I have never seen ordinary bread in this part of the world, sold at ordinary markets for ordinary consumtion, so nicely made with different patterns created by the baker. I take that as a proof that this bread means more than just bread. Maybe a way of life, and definitely a part of the cultural heritage.
Fis2 (83230) 2013-08-06 13:40
Next fantastic reportorial photo.
Excellent frame and colors.
I like this daily life shot.
Periko (2525) 2013-08-06 13:46
Your extensive note complements very well this picture of daily life in that country. The frame and the light show nicely the bread.
AROBN54 (11471) 2013-08-06 18:01
What an absolutely wonderful note, abmdsudi. It gives great richness to your photo and an insight into a way of life. Marvelous saturation of color and splendid detail. I love the emphasis given to the bread with the activity in the BG secondary. It really is beautiful looking bread, too. Many thanks for your lovely photo and very informative note,
worldcitizen (6655) 2013-08-06 18:39
This is a great cultural photo, filled with interesting details. This bread is not only an important part of daily life and a delicious food item, but it also seems to be a work of art. I like all of the different designs in the center, and the way you placed some of the loaves in the foreground to be prominently featured. Your note is also very informative, and I like the WS photo, too.
kato (11630) 2013-08-06 20:52
You're capturing well this scene by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the sweat round bread and the bread sellers in roadside. It seems that the fresh bread in which the nearby pan crematory was made is sold in the roadside stand as it is. It's also impressive in working woman's traditional clothes. The whole is harmonized well by various color combination.
macjake (54124) 2013-08-06 21:11
wow, we don't see too many photo's from Uzbekistan on TE!
so much to look at and be interested in.
I wonder how different the Non is here compared to the traditional Non in India.
I've never seen the Indian type as large as this.
interesting to view the cultural attire of the people too.
love your shot once again!
mirosu (12754) 2013-08-06 22:26
Another excellent photo from small street market, this time very tasteful. You have captured excellently all the nice details. Framing in portrait format works very well here. Greetings, Miro
Cricri (103145) 2013-08-06 22:34
Belle scène de marché, la vendeuse de pain, qui doit être succulent, certain que j'en achèterais un, j'aime gouter les spécialité de tout les pays, bon gros plan et format avec plein de détails en arrière plan, bonne note
jjcordier (74564) 2013-08-06 22:35
Excellente photo. Une scène de marché pleine de vie et remarquablement composée. Bonne utilisation du grand angle pour donner de la profondeur à l'image.
mjw364 (7004) 2013-08-07 0:57
Give us this day our daily bread...
Nicely composed using the bread to create FG and lead our eye into the shot as well as creating a pattern. Well done.
I love fresh piping hot naan bread - delicious!
rychem (20885) 2013-08-07 8:07
Fantastic and symbolic scene, where people have bread there is no hunger, well seen, well done
danos (84383) 2013-08-07 9:04
nice the view of the well baked bread from this very good reportage shot from the city.I like the vertical format as the light and the colour management of the image.
claudeD (31261) 2013-08-07 9:17
very fine daily life picture showing this very interesting scenery. I like your composition, very fine colors and perfect sharpness for this picture. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
eldancer1 (26110) 2013-08-07 9:54
No, not merely bread but it's what sustains life as well as what defines a culture. Great capture of the interaction between the seller and buyers. I like your pov and it has good dof with nice details. Love the colorful outfits. Well done, tfs.
dale54 (6461) 2013-08-07 13:10
abmdsudi hi,great note very interesting..very well taken,love all the colors too! dale
jemaflor (82128) 2013-08-08 4:12
Well framed, I like the wide angle result to see very well your subject in the Fg, Good presentation with people, niec colors management.
Graal (96014) 2013-08-08 10:58
interesting market and scenery. Fine natural poses peoples during the sold bread and buyers. Good vertical composition. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
adramad (36317) 2013-08-08 11:49
What a great image you captured here ... I like how you show us these breads front row seat as the image it creates a great perspective, making us follow the view by the bread stall, to stick with the people and the view of the street, a beautiful royal scene everyday life,
Beautiful very natural palette.
Great management of light and very good sharpness.
Very well done. I like.
Have a good evening.
dkmurphys (47690) 2013-08-08 22:48
Delicious street scene. I would bite from your image, the food looks great. Another spectacular scene through it's simplicity. Well taken.
Urs (14082) 2013-08-09 1:13
First of all an first class note, very informative, which matches the interesting shot of the bread stall. It looks crispy and fresh, I almost can smell it. Well done
jhm (136728) 2013-08-09 4:32
Just looking at this bread makes my mouth water, how delicious it looks, fresh and wholesome and the staff of life.
This type bread is my unknown here in Belgium
Colours and presentation be superb.
Excellent composition, good notes too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Gigidusud (14001) 2013-08-09 10:00
Beautiful market scene with the breads that seem very appetizing. Well done!
willperrett (6426) 2013-08-10 12:04
I wonder/suppose if/that this "non" is very similar to the Indian "naan": it certainly looks like it. Great vertical format which gives us the depth of field. Your usual great candid street shot.
COSTANTINO (52862) 2013-08-11 3:08
what a beautiful and fresh shot...
its time for lunch and this scenery
changed my mood,it looks so alive
that I can touch and at them
greetings,you brought this food
into my house
thanks for sharing it with us
delpeoples (52783) 2013-08-12 4:28
This bread and your description - are absolutely mouth watering. You've made me hungry. I love the textures and colours of the bread, your Workshop is superb and worthy of a post all on its own. I can almost smell the aroma of these hot breads as they are taken from the oven. The inclusion of the vendor and the buyers add to the dynamism and genuine sense of daily life. Excellent work, I hope it's ok if I add this to my Food Theme.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful evening
Angshu (55035) 2013-08-13 2:43
Lepeshka or Non looks fairly like what we call as 'Naan' in India & eaten the same way as you mentioned in the last paragraph...I'm thus sure that the origin of the two breads is the same, most probably from Uzbekistan or neighbouring countries, from where the Mughal invaders brought in the food to India.
Lovely daily life shot indeed!
fotka (3343) 2013-08-13 4:37
An excellent daily life shot from Bukhara's market. The flat breads look delicious and some are nicely decorated.
Very good quality photo with perfect pov, colors, light and sharpness.
Have a nice day,
nikkitta (13953) 2013-08-13 16:21
Creative capture in vertical to put this typical bread (seems delicious) as protagonist, hope you eat and enjoy some
Like the scene so full of life and taken at the right moment with one woman in action and the seating one looking at her
Like also the saturate colors
Greetings and TFS
Bread is life
Waylim (25172) 2013-08-16 14:53
You ceraintly have travelled to many interesting part of the world not many has been to. This is a really good shot with excellent depth. and image rich in culture and daily life as weel as traditions, which your note explain very well. I can imagine the importance of these bread more then rice to many asians country or baquette to the French and Pasta to Italian.
Love the golden brown, bake to perfection. That is how I mike my bread, a little bit on the dark side.
maloutim (9633) 2013-08-17 2:04
I was attracted to this photo as I was immersed in the blog of a young friend who has cycled from the extreme west of France to South-East Asia. These last two days, I was actually reading about his stay in Usbekistan, and I had seen one his photos at Tashkent market, showing these lepeshkas . So, I was very pleased to see your post, as Giom, my friend hadn't had time to explain it all.
I really like your photo which shows the real life of a market in Uzbekistan.
Thanks for sharing.
shevchenko (19051) 2013-08-19 19:50
Lively daily life shot that showing people selling and buying bread at an open air market, nice to see unique local bread that in thick and big size, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
adores (35106) 2013-08-26 16:37
Markets are always so full of life. A very good daily scene and the bread looks really good. I noticed they even put the pattern of little flowers there. The note s also very good.. By reading it, we understand how important bread is in people's life.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41284)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 320 Raw
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-06 8:48