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Her name was Ursula by DeviousClown Her name was Ursula by DeviousClown
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Taken on the 30th of June 2009, in Tripoli.

I was with Nour, my girlfriend. We were sitting in an open space in the ancient Tripoli Souk.
People started moving, looking, staring at the same place.
That women, dressed from head to toe in black, walking with chains and a lock on it appeared suddenly.
People's reaction was priceless. She walks fast, and provokes everybody staring for a long time, provokes anyone trying to make contact or trying to touch her.
She looked angry at some people. She didnt say a word though...
We were surprised.
A military man (photographed in the Clichés of Tripoli), tells us that this woman is seriously crazy/insane.
She's from Iranian origins.
He said that she wasn't always wearing this outfit.
That she's a very beautiful woman underneath...
I couldn't take a picture at the time.

After a couple of hours, walking in Tripoli, taking a picture of Nour behind the same background, she comes walking towards us. I jump on the occasion, and ask her if she would like to be photographed.
She doesn't say a word. She gets in the frame, she hugs Nour, starts caressing her back and hair in a weird manner. She seems to be smiling. I take pictures.
Nour gets out of the frame. And she looks at me, and give me this position.
I take the picture. I look at her with gratitude. She continues her way without saying a single word.

People who've seen me take a picture of her come to me "How the hell did she accept? She's a crazy person! She's violent when someone talks to her..."etc --> Everyone was very surprised of the kindness she was able to give us.

A couple of days later, we were driving in Jbeil, we see her on the road, waiting for the bus. We stop the car. She's behind us. We observe her from the mirrors of the cars for a good couple of minutes. A man, a taxi driver, knocks on my door. He asks us if we know her. We tell him we saw her before.
He's like 'I tried to offer her a ride, she kicked my car with her foot, who the hell is she? what is she???... '
We just say we don't know...
We get out of the car to say hello. She sees us. She remembered us right away. She's surprised. She screams. She hugs Nour very tightly. She tells me hello with enthusiasm.
Her eyes are colored. Her skin is very white. She really seems beautiful underneath...
She asks for our names, she tells us we're beautiful and cute together. I ask her if we can see her, in order to give her the pictures we took... she asks for our phone numbers. The bus comes. We give her our numbers, expecting hers in return, but she doesn't have any... she will be the one phoning us.
I ask her for her name. She says "Ursula".

Then again, a couple of days later, she phones us (always from different phone booths) a couple of times telling us she'd like to meet us because she has problems...
We finally set up a meeting with her. Same time and place, in Jbeil...
We get there on time. We wait for 30 minutes. She's not there. We go.
She calls me after a while. She was late. I tell her we cannot comeback, but we could set up a meeting again...
Ursula kept talking to me for around half an hour.
I am going to respect the conversation we had.
It was a lesson in life...

She never called again...

She said she wanted to fly.
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cocoaberi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IkiiAeed Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I love how the story goes.. :) (Smile) Heart 
TearsOfWolf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm speechless. If it is really true, it is an amazing story. And an amazing picture.
merdal Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
don't believe your shit
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012   Photographer
massh-a Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
i havent been to deviantart in ages. and today i see something posted on facebook with the name deviousclown that rings a loud bell. i click on it and here i am. i know this woman. everyone in tripoli knows this woman. people say a lot of stuff about her. some say she lost her husband and went crazy, some say she was abused and went crazy, some say she sells her body for money, because she's crazy. i always thought she has a story.
i don't know if you've seen the picture circulating lately on the internet and i think it was on tv, some people took a shot of Ursula dancing and were using this footage/picture to portray how happy muslims were to the release of that mawlawi guy. Almost every tripolitan knew however who this is, and that she always dances or gestures or moves or seems to be talking to herself.
great picture, and interestingly written description. (that woman though, not that women.) very captivating picture and posture.. :) and amazing job on the editing as always Elias. :)
ghazayel Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing story! ..
Retrubutionist777 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This story is so sad, and also very well written. I'm a writer, and the way you end it is so skillfully done. You tell the reader what happened without actually saying it. "She said she wanted to fly." Which instantly makes you realize with horror that Ursula wanted to fly so she jumped off a building. Very sad, especially since it is a true story.
Tozzlez Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
This is amazing...
Marahuta Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Her story made me cry. So touching... :happycry:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
haunting image and story behind it...
outstanding photo
linawifeofL Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Now I can't stop wondering what her story is...
JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
a m a z i n g
kapreski Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I know that girl, Holly shit man you're lucky for not being...
nice photo
productno49 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice picture.
I used to live in tripoli el-mina
TouchMyMeeow Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
wow amazing...beautiful
edredon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
shadowless911 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Some good writing skills, and even better photography ones. :)
djailledie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Quelle histoire etonnante!
Lebaneseness Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
please tell me you've taken some photos of people looking at her, that would complete the story, that would be the story.

great work Bro, as usual :thumbsup:
Manwathiell Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
I read every word you wrote and I found them extremely fascinating. You were pretty brave to approach a woman that everyone else would not. She certainly has a scary outfit. While reading your story I fell into the spell of your experience and I made a thousand stories in my head of what she was/thought/lived.

Giving her your phone numbers was also something I'm not sure I would have done. However, meeting her and being there makes the whole difference when it comes to taking that decision. It's feelings we get and sensations we feel that make us decide.

For some unknown reason I am glad that you talked to her and that she was so happy to see you the second time. It seems that you did her good and that is a great feeling to keep.

The photo is extremely interesting. Shows once again how different cultures and behaviours can be... and still inside, we are somehow the same.

Well done, I like it very much.

lostknightkg Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Exotic :clap:
Mayfair710 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010   Photographer
what an amazing story elias...and coupled with the photograph, even more incredible. thanks for sharing this poignant moment.
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Fascinating story...and the image tells a million more. Great work Elias :clap:
hyperactive-activate Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, breathtaking! :D
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Jun 30, 2009, 3:32:52 PM