Triggered by a Leica IIIa, thanks to Dennis and Chris, I have been writing about old cameras and sharing photographs from the film days of photography. It may feel like an archeology dig, “long, long time ago when people used sensitized plastic strips inside their cameras,” but I bought two rolls of B&W film today and even successfully loaded the notoriously difficult to load Leica IIIa.
In this post, I will share a collection of B&W photographs ranging in date from the early 1960s to 1980s. The opening photograph is probably the earliest one among them, taken somewhere near Karaman when we stopped for breakfast at a dairy. As I was admiring the thick, heavy cream (kaymak) rolled neatly, I saw this girl waiting to fill a bottle with fresh milk. I must admit, it is one of my all-time favorites.
Diocaesarea, known as Uzuncaburc is on the Taurus Mountains not far from Silifke on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Home to several temples and other Roman ruins mixed with current village life. I asked a little girl if she knew who lived there earlier and left these historic ruins. She thought for a moment and said: “tourists lived here before us!” Not too far from Silifke is another interesting site, Kanlidivane, where I photographed the shy village girl against the wall.
The three mosaic photographs are from what is now Misis Mosaic Museum. Misis is near Adana and, as I recall, the mosaics were on the floor of a small house. As we entered, the attendant splashed some water on them so that we could see them more easily! If you search for the museum, you can see similar photographs, even in color!
Goreme is similar in rock formations to Utah’s Bryce Canyon but on a smaller scale. What we call “hoodoos” in Bryce are called “fairy chimneys” in Goreme. It also houses many early churches carved into the rocks that kept them out of sight. Some of them are surprisingly large. In one of the photographs, you can see the tell-tale sign of hand of man.
Kadincik Dam is a power plant lake around the Taurus Mountains. The dam project was undertaken by Cukurova Elektrik, where my father used to work. We visited the area and I was struck by the rock formations and took a series of photographs. You see a few here.
Then, we go to Andirin and a village not far from it where I spent time with a good friend. The women on the flat roof were spreading bulgur wheat to dry. And the woman with a scarf was my friend’s mother. You will see a relative of theirs proudly showing the bird ready for or coming from a cock-fight.
The old man and the three kids are from my second visit to Doganca, the little village in Thrace that started my photographic interest. Although I cannot date them, my guess is the middle 1960s is when I took them.
Those were the days, I would develop my own B&W film and make my prints in a converted kitchen darkroom! This is the second batch of the film-days photographs. There will be one more, whether you like it or not!!