Fifteen photographs from this collection were published in the International Lens Magazine, August 2019 issue under the title Anatolian Landscapes. See the related post.
Anatolian Landscapes is the product of a long train ride from Istanbul to Adana, going through the plains, mountains, villages, towns, and experiencing the rapid change of the scenery. I photographed from the moving train window with no second chance to shoot again. Consequently, each photo is close to being unique.
Take A Train To See
One can see more when not driving, even better, when riding on a train. Looking out, all the scenery and all the people you see remain anonymous. I like that. It is a last-ditch effort to separate a photograph from reality. Inextricably tied to the real world, photography and reality seem to be forever chained together. By keeping these locations and a few people anonymous, I want to emphasize the photographs rather than “who, what, where” issues. Even the young woman who nonchalantly shakes a blanket from a second-floor balcony with no railing will remain anonymous. The large “Welcome To The Town of Fethibey” banner above a local bus clearly identifies the location. Although I could have removed it from the sequence, I chose to emphasize this bond momentarily only to let it slip through the fingers once more.
I chose a format that mimics the vista, wide and expansive. Consider the few square-format photographs as punctuation marks, and take your pick!
This is Anatolia; high, low, cool, warm, rough, smooth!