Restoration next door? No, not here on Spring Green Rd, but in Ayvalik, Turkey. Ergun sent me a few photographs last September that he took inside the house next to theirs as it was undergoing renovation. A few he sent were promising abstract photographs and I encouraged him to take more. The building undergoing the repair was a typical Ayvalik house but the most attractive feature was the missing roof, removed during the restoration which allowed light to enter the rooms in the most unusual way.
By the time we went to visit Turkey in October 2016, he had taken quite a few more and I decided to create a book for him. Doing the preliminary work while in Turkey, I had it printed at MagCloud, my usual source for this kind of printing, and it came out quite nice. While we visited Ayvalik for a few days, one day I heard that the building was open with workers inside. Following the cue, I got permission from the workers to move around and continued taking photographs for myself. Aside from our sensibilities, the major difference was the covered roof by this time, making the lighting in the rooms quite normal.
Don’t Ignore Ordinary Subjects
Photographic opportunities arise in most unexpected places in the form of unusual subjects. When such an occasion comes your way, take a stab at it; who knows what interesting photographs you may produce. The pock marks on the walls were there to ensure the new coating of plaster would stick properly; I had no idea, but they looked cool! The scaffolding inside also provided interesting lines, along with the contrasting room colors, inside-outside juxtapositions, etc.
Here are Ergun’s photographs, note in some of them the bright light from the top, even the sky showing in some. The exterior photographs are from their balcony looking towards the house under restoration. Again, you can see the sky through the window in some of them.
My Take On The Restoration
Here are my photographs, in slightly different lighting and quite possibly changed interior with some closets being drawn out. It will probably come out as a very nice house reflecting local style and sensibilities.