I took this shot in 1988, the year I seriously got involved with b&w photography.
By then -and still, I guess- pigeons have been an indispensable subject of photograph lovers in Istanbul. These lovely birds offer picturesque scenes with mosques, boats on the Bosphorus (the straits separating the European and Asian sides of the city), the Golden Horn (the inner bay named by French orientalist Pierre Loti) and the silhouette of the old city.
By looking at these old pictures, I am also getting a taste and clues for the good old 1980’s Istanbul, the way people were dressed, sometimes old American cars of the ‘50s that were still in use for collective taxis, or the construction of a bridge such as the one we are crossing nowadays over Golden Horn.
Scanned from analog, cropped, applied Neat Image & gradual toning.
For other shots of the same series:
Istanbul, 22 years ago...
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stny (18) 2011-06-29 2:27
Bu nostaljik fotograf ,şimdiki ustalığınız ve başarınızın boşuna olmadığının kanıtı.Elinize sağlık,karelerinizi keyifle izliyor ve ders almaya çalışıyorum.
thaprem (2558) 2011-06-29 5:58
Lovely.... The composition speaks well.
Might have had a tone to improve the depth in IMHO.
Wanda1 (15000) 2011-07-01 0:44
I see you also had Pentax film cameras, I have a Pentax K1000 which I love and produces I find the best B&W shots together with Ilford film. Your scan is of good quality and I find your image timeless. I like the pigeons in various stages of flight and on the stairs. Nice with the man busy filling the dishes with seeds and placed in the foreground of your image.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3911)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1988-00-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax KM, Pentax-M 50 1.4, Ilford FP4 Plus 125
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Istanbul, 22 years ago... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 0:38