This is the last installment of nostalgic photographs, you can see the previous three posts for more. These photographs are a mixed bag of places, things, a few flowers from the days I used to photograph on film.
The group starts with several photographs from Ayvalik, a sunset, and what follows present typical Ayvalik colors. They are mostly from the mid-1990s, my notes say 1996. Then you will see photographs from Kuzguncuk where the spirit of the district shows in whimsical decorations on the walls and around the entryways. They are followed by a lost view of Istanbul from Salacak. That shoreline is now a wide road for automobile traffic, who needs the rowboats! The colorful spread hanging on the line is from the back streets of Pera, not far from Galatasaray I believe. The ceiling of the Chora church/museum and the remains of the last Byzantine palace are most likely taken on the same trip as they are near each other. In the Byzantine palace remains, there is a person for scale whom some may recognize.
The ceiling of the Chora church/museum and the remains of the last Byzantine palace are most likely taken on the same trip as they are near each other. In the Byzantine palace remains, there is a person for scale whom some may recognize. The outside and the inside views of the large doors of Aya Yorgi Church was the backdrop for an earlier photograph of the girls in front of its wall. I did not take any photographs inside as it was not allowed, but if you search the name in Google you will find tons of photographs from the interior.
The lotus flower is from Wickford, RI. I believe it was around 2004-2005 when I was still straddling digital and film. The waterlily is from Binnaz and Ergun’s garden. The last photograph that shows a bunch of flower pots in front of a door shall remain anonymous as to the location or the date as I have no notation even in the file name. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say it was taken in Ayvalik, possibly in 1996 when I was there with Elif.
A retrospective look at one’s photography is fun and educational. I am not sure if it is a good thing, but, looking back to all these years, I think I can say that my vision and style have not changed. I was as eclectic as I am now in my interest in subjects. I was photographing life as I saw it, I still do the same. What do you think?