I captured this shot at the Esendere (Turkey) - Sero (Iran) boarder. Due to "computer problems" the whole boarder was shut down for 8 hours, ironically just 10 minutes before I arrived it was still working. Anyway, under these circumstances I had still a marvelous time. Throughout the 8 hours I made contacts in (Irani) Kurdistan worth 80 hours of waiting, and I was able to capture this photo.
Thanks to the long waiting time everyone was familiar with everyone, therefore I had all the freedom in the world to take pictures. This particular shot was taken during sunset time, I arrived at the boarder in the morning...
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tchefi (1417) 2010-09-10 10:35
Une bonne idée, le choix du noir et blanc et de la grande longueur.On ressent bien la patience de ces gens qui semble résignés.
pauloog (11739) 2010-09-10 11:08
A strong view of the waiting men in an attitude that would give me the cramps... A fine human document fittingly brought in black and white as the cloths they are wearing.
tomescuc (3291) 2010-09-10 11:40
a common view in Turkey, I think, especialy in the more rural and poor areas .. back to photo, i see why you chose this tight panoramic crop, perhaps i would have preferred a bit more room above (but personal feel here), and I like the mood here with all these men waiting for apparently same thing.
gabrielpat (7163) 2010-09-10 12:01
A nice and original photo of daily life...they wait and Inchallah...
Ilducabianco (940) 2010-09-10 13:16
Interesting photo for the use of B/W and for the clever POV slightly sideways to the wall where the men are supported for a greater depth.
iainsp (2626) 2010-09-11 7:41
it is a wonderful shot and the panoramic crop works perfectly. And it is a perfect solution to the age old problem of asking for portraits in a culture and language where it is not always easy: just hang around for eight hours and suddenly everyone is family.
A fabulous shot when many of us would have been so pissed off that we would be too angry to take a decent shot. Well done, Iain