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 being renovated. A few he sent were promising 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 was told that the building was open as they worked inside. I got permission from the workers and moved around taking photographs for myself. The major difference, aside from our sensibilities, was the covered roof by this time, making the lighting in the rooms quite normal.
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 deliberately made 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 taken from their balcony looking towards the house under restoration. Again, you can see the sky through the window in some of them.