This is just a fun treatment of a portrait of an abandoned house near the eastern shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. It might be a little different from the way I’ve handled pictures like this in the past, but I think I like the feel of it.
Time for something a little more artistic. This scene was captured in the failing light of late afternoon, along a stream in the valley above Bekiruşağı Village, Malatya in eastern Turkey. Vedat and Seyit were off down the valley to my right, picking apples and pears from Seyit’s orchards and speculating on my strange obsession with taking pictures of the trees.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-400, f/7.1, 1/20 sec.
Bright color is always appreciated in Turkey. The colors of the çicim-style woven rug displayed for sale on this Ankara wall are nearly surpassed by the aqua green of the door a foot away.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/4, 1/125 sec.
This door was found in the village of Guzelyurt, 40 or 50 miles southwest of Avanos, but the similarity to the Avanos door shape is obvious. Behind this orange wall, the back half of the house vanished into a hillside, with all the rooms carved out of the rock that forms Monastery Valley.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-100, f/8, 1/40 sec.
With this post and the next one, I want to highlight a village architectural tradition that’s easy to notice in the Cappadocian villages in central Turkey. This door in the town of Avanos features a typical corner detail that provides great framing for the colorful paints used throughout the town.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/11, 1/160 sec.
Departing from the Anatolian theme here a bit: Castellorizo (or Meis to the Turks) is a tiny Greek island sitting just a few miles off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. I found these flowers growing against a whitewashed stone wall a couple of streets back from the harbor. The texture, randomly enough, is a closeup of a page from an old Jewish hymnbook I found in a desk somewhere.
There’s doubtless a hauntingly beautiful story for the ages that goes behind this door, but unfortunately I would have to make it up. One of the constant tensions in my head as I take pictures in Turkey is between the desire to communicate what I see, and the sense that what I see is always less than the whole truth.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, 1/40″, f/9