(photo taken @ ISO100 [+ photoshop] when sitting on a veranda under green grapes ; I was in front of them on cushions on the floor, the hands on my knees).
This is a long story and for the ones who don't have time to read the whole of it, here are the basics : the 3 gentlemen on the left are Kurdish, during the conversation they told me how many children they had. The 1st on the left is the champion : he has... 15 of them ("and maybe more to come !") ; the 2nd one has 11 children and the 3rd, "only 10".
The guy on the right OTOH has married a younger sister of the man in the middle but he is a Turk and has a very poor record with a mere 8 children, aged between 22 and 2.
(As an additional photo to the story, I've added a WS photo of the women in the sitting room, to compare : I'd like to know what you think about it, IMO it is interesting but probably not much value apart from documentary... Still, your ideas are welcome !).
This is also a travel site, so I'd like to tell more : I was kindly invited to stay for 2 days and nights in this group of houses although there were many visitors and 1st I was told that the reason for the crowd was because a 1st child (and a boy) had been born (+ part of the family living in Adana was there too because of summer holidays).
Following is the other reason for their presence, but sorry if the tale is a bit long and if the start is very personal (but necessary to understand the whole story).
Everywhere in Turkey, the 1st questions I'm asked are my first name, why I'm travelling alone, what is my age, what have I done of my husband and how many children I've got ; I am now used to it and about my husband, if I feel in danger (rarely !) I tell that he is coming soon but otherwise, nowadays I dare explaining the truth : that I simply *forgot* to marry because my life was so interesting and busy with my job that I did not want to quit and my regular travels to India & around ; I always thought that I would marry at some point, but much later : "I still have time"... then later on, I realised that it was a bit too late but no regrets, so I'm still travelling, - at which the ladies often approve, telling me : you did the right thing, you are free and without worries and you can see the world ! The men though never seem to understand and I've got already many marriage proposals in Turkey which are often coming from so unlikely persons ! Sorry for this long tale about me...
Hearing this, the 2nd man on the left (my host actually) told me that he was a widower but wanted more children "to compete with his neighbour" (not really serious !), and as I was single, I would be welcome to join him ; I replied jokingly that I regretted not to be available, anyway I did not want a boss now and liked my freedom, so for the rest of my stay there, he called me "my lioness" :)))).
Only just before my departure did someone by accident explain to me the main reason of that big gathering : they were mourning the death of the wife of my suitor (she had died a few weeks ago), but he did not want to appear to suffer in front of a stranger (and brave enough to crack many jokes) : another proof to me that people in Turkey go very far in terms of hospitality and dignity !
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quillo (11850) 2008-08-31 2:02
Hello Catherine, a very agreeable photo of the daily life in Turkey, an image that turns out to be to me very familiar, is the small peoples where alive sound also habitual, I like as you have received the moment in which none is dependent on the capture.
ChrisJ (91276) 2008-08-31 3:02
A good group portrait & daily life scene, with excellent sharpness, colour & lighting contrasts. Bon Dimanche!
tehanu_f (6896) 2008-08-31 3:26
despite the nightmare of having zillions of mouths to feed, they seem to be quite content! ))) your little camera did its job very well here what with the relatively difficult light. I like the warm atmosphere a lot.
Glint (5911) 2008-08-31 4:34
the warmth of light here reflects the warmth of their hospitality. I liked your note...all of them. They aways explain what we are seeing and help us become to know and enjoy the company of the people that you meet.
mesutilgim (72978) 2008-08-31 5:07
Selam dear Catherine,
The capture is wonderfull, but the story competes it !
Very nice warm colors and perfect pov. The man at far right is quite typical; they need only a few sqcm's and can have great comfort !
But the story is really great. Amazing.
TFS and best regards
cknara (556) 2008-08-31 10:14
I like the lighting effect & the composition.
Taken at the right moment during the conversation.
Prometheus (854) 2008-08-31 12:47
very nice work
nirvana73 (0) 2008-08-31 12:55
klasik Türk insanı
bakışları çok güzel
güzel bir kare
paylaşım için teşekkürler
not: bence Türkçeniz çok iyi
jasmis (57614) 2008-08-31 13:13
Superb male atmosphere. It is a pity of plastic chairs...
Regards my dear friend.
MrCairo (0) 2008-08-31 22:37
I like dreaming of man from right side ! Very interesting moment.
bantonbuju (51747) 2008-09-01 0:26
four men, four different poses, four lives lived, for histories to be told...
broglia (3598) 2008-09-01 16:18
What a wonderful story Catherine, and I can imagine you have plenty more! And I'm really impressed with the quality from your little IXUS - wonderful detail and marvelous colours.
Warm regards, Roberto
MarianneS (15338) 2008-09-02 0:41
Voilà une scène bien sympathique. On sent que l'atmosphère est agréable.... la douceur d'une belle soirée d'été, la bonne compagnie, en toute détente.
Parmi tes ws, j'aime beaucoup celui du berger, un vrai bol d'air.
Bise, je te souhaite une belle journée.
hatti52 (12784) 2008-09-02 0:51
cok keyifli bir fotograf
plastik sandalyelerde oturuyorlar ama mutlu gorunuyorlar)
amazon (12110) 2008-09-02 7:13
senin artık bu kültüre ait olduğunu düşünüyorum sevgili cath,baksana en ücra köyün günlük hayatına kadar girip o hayatı tam merkezinden anlatmayı çok iyi beceriyorsun,yerinde olmayı cok isterdim,ya da peşine takılıp köy köy ülkemi gezmeyi )))
Polonaise (5802) 2008-09-02 8:02
How do you do produce these gems of yours ???
It pulls me in... Into your world, Katarzyna...
The stories, the photos...The perfect symbiosis between them..
Stunning work, sister...With every new post...
BTW: What did you do with your husband, Cath - again...?
ninaL (21348) 2008-09-03 0:07
Excellente scène "entre hommes".
Une lumière orangée incroyable.
papagolf21 (79548) 2008-09-03 5:34
Bonjour, chère Catherine,
Encore une série très réussie. Des images vraies, ce qui donne aux compositions un aspect beaucoup plus intéressant.
Félicitations pour ces reportages très réussis.
batalay (33405) 2008-09-03 12:25
Your fabulous photograph is complemented by a sensational note. I like the first part, and I like even better the second, where you philosophize and think out loud.
cyrrhus (2878) 2008-09-04 7:42
Toujours aussi infatigable sur TE! J'en ai raté des images et des histoires durant mes deux mois d'absence... Ici, en lisant tout, je me suis bien rattrapé :-)
J'ai été attiré par l'ambiance de la photo parce qu'elle est vraie et que l'on ressent qu'elle a été prise un peu à la dérobade. Quand on lit l'histoire, on devine toute l'intimité et la qualité des relations que tu as pu nouer avec ces gens. J'admire... Merci de nous partager tout cela
rtg (132) 2008-10-23 1:52
nice POV! very well captured image.. in fact the the 4th man actually looks sort of depressed about his failure..