View from the castle in Ankara’s center.
Safranbolu is a city in the northern part of Turkey’s Anatolian region, getting up close to the mountain ranges near the Black Sea. Safranbolu is named after the saffron flowers that grow there, but today it is mostly known for its early 19th-century Ottoman houses that led to the town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
An Orthodox Jew walks through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem.
Well, it took long enough, but I have finally uploaded some images from our visits to America here on the site. Here’s a selection, featuring images from Maryland, Indiana and West Virginia. I’ve included some textured and vintage-styled shots of architecture, nature, trains, and of course doors. These are also available for purchase as fine art prints. Enjoy!
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.
Street scene in the Cappadocian town of Avanos, central Turkey.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/13.0, 1/30 sec.
An old house in the village of Kurecik, Malatya, Turkey. In a region where it’s still not hard to find abandoned church buildings a century or two old, the arches over these windows belie an architectural tradition older and higher than a square stone Turkish village house might normally be expected to reflect.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-400, f/11, 1/200 sec.
While Eren and his best man wait at his father’s house, Mehmet sets off on the (traditionally) epic journey to secure a bride and bring her home to his son. In this case, the journey is not all that epic, since Ayşegül lives not in a distant village but just down the hillside in Eshenler, and she is not being bought, captured or traded for but rather going happily, of her own will, and fully prepared to start her new life with a fiance that she has known personally for some time now. But just as anywhere else in the world, today’s ceremonies are the reflection of yesterday’s realities, and traditional Turkish village weddings today always incorporate the triumphant journey of the bride from her parents’ home to her husband’s.
All the women in attendance are present at the bride’s departure; by contrast no men participate except the head of her family and the father of the groom. The other men attending the wedding are around the corner where the bridal car waits, ready for Ayşegül to finish her journey.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/13, 1/200 sec.
The first official act of Sunday afternoon is the bride’s much anticipated emergence from her family’s house, to board the bridal car and embark on a ceremonial journey to the family home of the groom. Waiting for the moment, all the men invited, or otherwise interested, congregate here across the street from the house.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/13, 1/60 sec.