Posts Tagged: old

Near East Collage, Handmade

In front of a shop on the street in Ankara. From top to bottom: a hand-woven kilim, probably Armenian or Moldavian; a hand-embroidered souzani, possibly from Uzbekistan; and an old hand-carved wooden trousseau chest made in Turkey, whether Ankara, Istanbul or one of the towns closer to the Black Sea.

Shalwar At The Tea House

Drinking Cup At Village Fountain

The village of Yörükköyü becomes something of a tourist destination in the summertime, with its old Ottoman architecture and lazy mountainside setting, but when I walked through in January it was like a ghost town. I found this pewter drinking cup hanging on a stone çeşme, or fountain, like those to be found throughout Turkey’s villages and largest cities.

Blue Car With Green Hill: Safranbolu

I like this one a lot for some reason. I think the color of the car works well with the green in the grass, and meanwhile the hill and the houses make for a nice composition together. This is Safranbolu again, still in the old town, with these houses providing an example of what the 18th and 19th century Ottoman architecture looks like when it hasn’t been restored.

Wooden Door With Sloping Roof: Safranbolu

Thought it was about time for another door. This one appeared almost directly across the street as I set out for a morning walk on a cold foggy day in Safranbolu. The town, in northern Turkey, is perhaps the most comprehensive preserved example of traditional Ottoman architecture, with nearly all structures in the old part of town dating back 100-600 years, and many of the houses well restored.

Five Windows; Two Chimneys.

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.

Mediterranean History: Mountains And The Sea

Whenever I visit the incredible coastal stretches that bring Turkey’s mainland together with the Mediterranean, the Aegean, or the Black Sea in the north, I come away with one overriding impression: a soaring rocky mountain range over clear blue sea is a thing of beauty. This picture was taken off the deck of a small sailboat in the waters near Fethiye. I decided to go for a textured treatment to add a sense of history and culture – thanks to Flickr user Skeletalmess for the textures.

Antiques in Ulus: Found Still Life

The handcraft traditions of Anatolia are many and varied. Here in Ankara, a copper tray, a carved wooden shutter, and old floral embroidery share the stage with tribal Turkmen carpets and late Ottoman upholstery.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/8, 1/100 sec. Thanks to Shadowhouse for the overlaid textures.

Antalya Door Detail

Looking upwards, a view of rotting wooden balconies and vintage plaster door details on an old Ottoman style house in Antalya.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/9.0, 1/30 sec., jpeg processed in Camera Raw with a texture added in Photoshop.

Patara Archaeology: A Street Under Water

 

Patara Pillars, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

This is one of my favorite sights to see in Turkey. Driving along the Mediterranean coast, your car passes tomato-growing greenhouses before arriving at the tiny village of Patara. On the other side of the village, grassy fields and hills emerge, broken only by a few pillars, cows, and the odd amphitheater. Driving up the dirt path towards the ruins, my wife was stopped by an older village woman in the traditional headscarf. Julie rolled down her window. “Have you seen my goat?” asked the woman. “I lost him right around here.”

Continuing on a few hundred meters down the road brings a sandy parking lot into sight. Walk towards the sand and you will discover a 20-kilometer stretch of white sand that is also a nesting site for – what else – loggerhead sea turtles.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/22, 1/20 sec.