Pinning impressions of Central Asia, one image-sharing pinboard at a time
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Interested in Central Asia and engaged in social media? Not from the region but fascinated by what it has to offer and wanting to find out through images on the web? Then there might be e website out there just for you…
Pinterest, one of the latest photo blogging platforms, is being used by citizen journalists, traditional new outlets and creative people alike. Sharing images (all of which lead to website links) and creating boards, or galleries, full of one’s favorite things—from fashion, to cooking, bridal and quotes—is what Pinterest does best. This “pinboard-style photo sharing website” is no stranger to Central Asia; from pictures of fabric patterns to travel destinations, ‘Pinners’ are crazy over the region and what it has to offer.
After arriving at the website, type ‘Central Asia’ in the top left hand corner search launch and begin exploring the yielded results through pins, boards and people. Culture, culture and more culture; embroideries and antique tribal ceramics are just the beginning of what images await. Particularly searching for boards, under the ‘Central Asia’ search result, one is happily overwhelmed by the ceded results; Uzbek cultural heritage sites, Kazakh architecture and landscape, Ala-too Square in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Turkmen political leaders’ statues, adorable Tajik children dressed in traditional clothing and more.
So, if Central Asia seems like an interesting far place, too far away for a not-so savvy traveler but close tech savvy web users, Pinterest may well be the perfect place; an educational database of images that capture the life of the regions land and people.
Are any neweurasia followers out there on Pinterest and happily ‘pinning’ images of Central Asia? If so, let us know!