This is certainly not an award winning photograph, but its one that brings back some fond memories in Turkey.
Balat was a part Istanbul that I wanted to see more than any other area of the city. Its crusted walls, its crusted buildings, colorful homes, twisting and turning narrow streets...what more could you ask for!
A big thanks goes out to Deniz for showing us around. As i've mentioned in my first note from Istanbul, if it were not for Deniz, Tosca and I would STILL be trying to find our way out of this jungle :)
As for the photo, I really liked the expression on the face of the father in the bg. And if you're wondering why the girl isn't looking directly at me, its simply because she's looking directly at Tosca. Clearly I need to 'get in there' quicker, I guess i'm more shy and I arrive at the scene like a vulture, picking up the scraps left behind haha
Tosca had already placed herself directly infront of the girl, so by looking at the photo you'd think I was more interested in capturing the toy car lol
anyways, I hope you like this family scene in Balat as much as I do.
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mursaloglu (8682) 2014-06-18 5:50
Great pic from daily life. Colors and compo is outstanding. Bravo.
Sergiom (61906) 2014-06-18 5:53
C'est le genre de scène de rue que tu aurais pu prendre à La Havane sauf peut-être pour la petite voiture. Sympathique de la part de la petite famille d'avoir joué le jeu.
dkmurphys (50144) 2014-06-18 6:58
Funny scene, I like this kind of images with friendly people. Well taken, have a fine evening.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-18 7:47
the title says it all really, a typical family scene that is repeated all over this troubled world of ours. So much love and happiness that I wish we could say all families are experiencing. Proof that you do not need riches and a fancy house to enjoy just being a child and parents. Thought provoking and beautiful imagery.
fabbs99 (16739) 2014-06-18 11:15
Fantastic shot of the family from Istanbul.I love to see the happiness on their faces.Very well done.Keep sharing.
danos (87873) 2014-06-18 11:49
nice this daily snapshot fom this family potrait with all of the members of it to be so happy for the photo.The huge car toy is a good focal element of the scene.
dta (67992) 2014-06-18 12:53
Hello Craig ,
the little girl seems to very proud of her littla car !
A charming scene , full od smiles and colors .
emka (80790) 2014-06-18 14:11
Hi Craig, I aslo wanted to see Balat and went there with Deniz :). Have you seen such an old car in which I have a photo, I sent it to you from Istanbul and it is on FB.
Nice scene, picturesque crusted walls.
See the note in my post.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jcpix (13704) 2014-06-18 19:49
You're just the jack of all trades, aren't you...wedding photography to family portraits now. :) I obviously knew you were taking us along your recent trip, but from the thumbnail pics, I thought this was certainly one from Havana...always pays to take a closer look, yeah?
A terrific shot, and you sure caught that aspect which transcends any picturesque setting, those fantastic smiles from everyone we see here. What a fun and happy result, one which carries good emotion and conveys the simple pleasures in life...and that which is the most important of all, family!
Good on ya' for seeking out the non-traditional opportunities, people in pictures..."who'd of thunk it??" :) Strong color, awesome textures and an all around good vibe. Enjoy the rest of the evening. Take it easy.
Cheers from the suns fury,
jjcordier (76916) 2014-06-18 22:19
Une jolie scène familiale colorée. La petite fille a l'air particulièrement fière de son bolide.
wolf38 (31282) 2014-06-18 23:16
Hi craig. People in everyday life. Strong colors. Truly an original photo. Here you are with the camera very close to the real life. The photographed scene is strong and everything looks very authentic. Well seen and presented.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
jhm (140585) 2014-06-19 4:55
This is real a specially family picture, a pity for the people, she life in poverty this is clear to see!
This type picture find I this always very well, on these way learn we different parts of the world know.
Nice daily life view about these area.
Perfect composition and nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
holmertz (42235) 2014-06-19 9:40
This makes me think of your photos from Havana, it's just that the cars are bigger and older there :-). Otherwise I think this view is fairly typical of Istanbul or anywhere in Turkey. Of all the countries I have visitied Turkey is possibly the nicest. The hospitality and helpfulness I have met there so many times is hard to beat. I like this shot, and do you know what? I really appreciate that you made it totally straightforward and plain :-).
All the best,
PaulVDV (23013) 2014-06-19 11:54
Before reading Gert's note I also had your Havana pictures in my mind.
I think the toy car is a wonderful element on this 'happy family' picture.
I don't mind so much that the girl doesn't look at the camera. A bit more regrettable is that the face of the son is hidden behind the sleeve. But he will look nice on Tosca's picture :)
A wonderful combination of this family photo with the weathered wall in a splendid vibrant purple colour.
Best regards, Paul
Sonata11 (33298) 2014-06-19 19:41
another very beautiful composition of family portrait. Indeed we can see so many places like this in any country. Wonderfully composed image. Like it. a lot. Best regards, Barbara
CLODO (30702) 2014-06-19 23:41
So, you've become a street photographer! Congratulations!
I like the smiling family half hidden by the drying cloth and the young lady proud of her new car!
clic (15308) 2014-06-20 8:46
A touching scenery indeed and the luxury car parked on brakes composes an ideal visual balance, compared to the leftmost happy trio.
Would you believe there are pinup girls posing pointedly with new cars on garage calendars!!
serp2000 (40612) 2014-06-20 10:15
amazing detail: a brick as a brake for car ;)
I really like this peaceful daily life scene from Istanbul, Craig. Fine details of the street, well seen!
Frankly speaking I'd like to visit this city once again after 2000. And to meet the TE-friends too.
delpeoples (53415) 2014-06-21 3:05
I prefer this to any architecture shot you can produce. It's adorable. The little gal is clearly captivated by Tosca, and I just love the photo bombing dad in the BG. The house is so characteristic and the flash car is the icing on the cake. Great work, this is such a compelling photo.
Warmest wishes, have a good weekend
COSTANTINO (56763) 2014-06-22 21:49
Hello dear friend
simple capture of this family looking at
the photographer the suprise is the
small car of the children
here we have a typically family scene
simply scenery with a family
have a nic new week
worldcitizen (7119) 2014-06-23 13:52
As others have already pointed out, this photo from Istanbul has lots on common with your Havana photos: friendly locals, crumbling yet brightly-colored walls, a car. :-) I like the happy atmosphere; it looks like the father is peaking out to say hello, as if he's popping out of a cuckoo clock! Too bad the little boy's face is covered by the hanging clothes, but hey, life's not perfect, right?! :-)
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-06-24 5:21
I do not know much about awards but I definitely like this one a lot :-) Mostly for its reality shown so well and also for the very cheerful and positive mood which pours through every bit of it despite the poor environment. The family looks well content and happy with their life although one can easily see loads of hardships they must encounter.
Well spotted and nicely executed!
Thanks for sharing
ikeharel (58847) 2014-06-26 2:01
Happy faces, always a joy to take such pictures, Craig.
Proudly showing her new Jeep, the kid is in joli excitement when you where there with a camera, and her parents approved.
Fine chosen perspective, poor neighbourhood, but people are content with what they have.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57362)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-18 5:27