The iron fence which had turned a dark grey receives a fresh coat of black paint.
This picture, taken last week, is from Çankırı Caddesi, a very busy street in the older part of Ankara, the Turkish capital. While most of the street is lined with hotels, restaurants and seedy nightclubs and with a noise level reminding me more of New York, behind this fence is a quiet area of ruins of Roman baths.
I borrowed the title Back to Black from a song and a CD by the late Amy Winehouse. It could also symbolize my feelings now that summer is over, vacations are over and it's back to work (the little I do as basically retired).
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lousat (98221) 2012-10-08 8:39
Eheheh...a very original capture mu friend! It's time to paint before the winter,i seen the same scene in my country too,beautiful idea to take this daily lif scene,perfect exposure,details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
bayno (18344) 2012-10-08 9:22
you framed well the funny scene, funny also the title, good light and colors, it seems to me an awkward position to paint, very sharp image...
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-08 10:26
Another very nice Turkish daily life shot here, Gert. Framed very well, with the camera following the fence and the painters down the slope. Nice title as well - undoubtedly a good end of summer shot.
ciakgiak (30433) 2012-10-08 10:34
davvero simpatica questa scenetta con gli uomini intenti alla pitturazione della ringhiera! Molto buona la qualità, eccellenti i colori e la luminosità.
Un caro saluto
boa (7715) 2012-10-08 11:15
och välkommen tillbaka. Av bilden att döma så har du haft en behaglig temperatur i Turkiet, det kan behövas när vi har en lång vinter framför oss..
En fin observation av de här två målarna mitt uppe i arbetet. Bra färger trots det starka ljuset, jag gillar också bildvinkel med diagonalt perspektiv.
Besökte du de Romerska baden?
saxo042 (37968) 2012-10-08 11:30
Välkommen hem igen! Jag antar att de röda handskarna hade en viss betydelse när du valde denna bild som den första efter hemkomsten. Nåja, de stör ju inte... Perspektivet med det långa staketet görs sig bra i bilden och de båda målarna tillför ju naturligtvis liv och intresse.
pajaran (66294) 2012-10-08 12:01
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija.
Majstori rade svoj posao.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Nice view and a moment ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good lyrics and compositions.
Masters do their job.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-10-08 12:45
I like daily life photos. The is only a tiny bit of red in the photo, but somehow manages to force the eyes to dart through the image. Nicely captured.
ourania (51103) 2012-10-08 13:09
welcome back and I wish this winter will be better than any of us expects it to be! I like very much the point of view and composition of this photo, how the frame is filled with the perspective of the fence making us focus on the two workers who, in their turn, seem very concentrated in their work. I 've just thought of Tom Sawyer painting the fence:) The lighting is great and the natural colours quite vivid. The difference between the old hue and the new coat is very obvious. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
tyro (26142) 2012-10-08 15:43
An interesting note and a fine photograph too - I was especially interested in the type of brush this man is using - might be a thought when I need to paint a fence again!
The line of the fence and the placement of the two men in the picture are just right and this composition makes what would otherwise be a very ordinary event quite an attractive image.
Fine colours, excellent sharpness and detail and excellent exposure too.
Nicou (151958) 2012-10-09 0:58
En pleine peinture, quelle scène ce ces travailleurs quei refont la grille, sueprb eiamge et cpatage vivant.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (58218) 2012-10-09 3:24
Welcome back! Men at work, excellent composition with black iron grills all around makes the picture in contrast to them and we can see what they are doing in the environment. A nice piece of image, excellently exposed, you have done well to control it to convey the real daily life here by paying attention to this particular workmen as central figs but still offering lots of the detail too. The overall colors are good, clarity is spot on. This sort of reporting gives a strong accent of local flavour. But wonder why they use red gloves! I find unusual. Well done and thks for sharing.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-10-09 6:35
Welcome back! summer end, a very original capture from Ankara, Men at work, excellent composition of the street look. A nice piece of image, excellently , you have done well to control it to convey the real daily life here! A perfect by paying attention to this particular workmen! with point of the red gloves and black iron Well done and thanks for sharing.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-10-09 8:12
The title also reminds me the song of AC/DC.Very good composition and POV.Superb colors and deatails.Very nice job.Well done.TFS
Have a nice week
mohammad_H (10126) 2012-10-09 8:16
Attempt to make the beautiful attractions of the city, so others can enjoy it
Good resolution and boasts a beautiful black
Have a nice evening
dkmurphys (65112) 2012-10-09 9:57
I like this simple daily life scene. Nothing complicated, just pure life moments. Well taken!
UlfE (14641) 2012-10-09 10:24
Välkommen tillbaka från din resa. Jag gissar att du har fullt med fina bilder.Den här tyder i alla fall på det. Mycket intressant att jämföra med dina två föregående bilder. Arbetet på bilden kunde mycket väl ha utförts för trettioåtta år sedan, men utan tvekan ser man att detta är nutid. Stegen, klädseln och bruken skvallrar att bilden är tagen relativt nyligen. Annars ser jag att dina fotomotiv inte ändrats så mycket. Bilden som sådan är väldigt fin med bra skrärpa, fint ljus och bra färger. Tack för titten och ha en bra kväll!
marabu61 (11331) 2012-10-09 13:24
Välkommen tilbacka, nice to see you back.
Yes summer comes to an end and we have to prepare for winter again. Even worse for you in Sweden. But then on the other hand, autumn and winter can provide some great photo opps.
Your picture fits your note exquisitely.
Graal (103038) 2012-10-10 1:13
good reportage about the daily life. Fine caught moment of guys by work. Good title from song of Amy Winehouse.
Have a nice day.
serp2000 (45970) 2012-10-10 6:04
Very very interesting street scene. It reminds me classic of Mark Twain's story of how Tom Sawyer Painted his fence... How knows, may be these men change this work to something too. Attractive photo! Thanks!
Kielia (24077) 2012-10-10 8:02
welcome home! This is an excellent daily life shot with a fantastic perspective. The fence is really fascinating. But this time it is the note (and the title) that makes the image interesting. I am also afraid of the dark and cold winter – and I am already now looking forward to spring!
Nard (6972) 2012-10-12 3:25
A nice street scene with a god black and grey diagonal. The first man has a funny position and they should not forget which way they paint the grid.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-10-12 9:16
Very nice documentation of the daily life of working people. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Fis2 (107346) 2012-10-19 11:47
Good reportorial photo.
I like colors, light and perspective.
Have a nice evening
CLODO (35938) 2017-04-21 1:51
I owe you some royalties! They seem less relaxed than my painter but more acrobates!
"Nothing special" pictures needs a smiley from me!!!