The title is a little bit provocative, as it was probably just a succession of coincidences, but what happened to us while visiting this city made us think that we were on a different planet.
Adana isn't a small town, it's a big vibrating city with modern architecture, Starbucks coffee shops, fashionable shopping malls and probably foreign visitors once in a while, yet, most of the people that we came across would look at us like they have never seen westerners before, with nervous chuckling, indiscreet whispering to their friends and looking at us with insistence, more than it would have happened in the most remote village in India or Myanmar.
As we visited the mosque, a guy came rushing to me, insisting to get his picture taken, and as I refused, he became aggressive and shouting at me until I warned him to get out of my way in the same tone of voice. Once we came across the river to get this angle from the other side, a man was masturbating in front of us and other passers-by, comfortably sitting in the park, and coming not far from us to wash his hands in the river after he did what he was busy with...
Then while waiting for the blue hour to arrive, another man came to me, looking at my camera which was on the tripod, turning around it and scrutinizing it, only a centimeter away from his nose, telling me he was working for a magazine as a reporter...
That is only some examples of what happened to us, but our stay in this city made us feel like if we were in the weirdest place on Earth, from the way people received us at the hotel, to the juice seller on the street that was talking to himself all the way.
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Bartleby (13238) 2013-10-23 10:58
étrange mésaventure en effet! Je n'aurais pas été rassuré! A part Istanbul, où je n'ai pas eu du tout le sentiment dont tu parles, je ne connais pas le Turquie. Très belle image à l'heure bleue en tout cas. J'ai d'abord cru que c'était la mosquée bleue. Pose juste longue comme il faut et le jaune des minarets pour le contraste. Top!
macjake (45574) 2013-10-23 12:30
haha...now THATS a note!
It always amazes me how society seems to turn a blind eye to such people. I'm talking about the man masturbating in public...people just seem to walk away and let him do what he's doing. What if there are kids around?
Well, at least he washed up i guess lol
beautiful photo my friend!
the large Mosque is obviously the key here, and in a funny way I've always thought of these mosques looking like spiders with long legs! weird right?
excellent exposure over 3 seconds, wonderful light and clarity.
well done my friend
daddo (20621) 2013-10-23 16:50
Hi Andre. Your experiences are the weirdest i have read about from people visiting Turkey. Reminds me of the fable of the blind wise men and the elephant, each grabbing a piece of the elephant and giving their interpretation of the whole animal. The one grabbing the tail came to the conclusion that an elephant is like a rope.
My wife and I have been to Turkey twice and visited remote places in Cappadocia and the along the Black Sea, in addition to the cities. Most of the interactions have been positive and many heartwarming, to the extent that we are planning to visit again. As for the locals' reaction to us as strangers, we received gestures of welcome or at the worst- indifference. Never intrusive or bemused behaviour. In Melbourne years ago I was in a queue at a coffee bar and saw a soldier in uniform masturbating and I could have been left in no doubt about the Australian servicemen and their morals and our society's sense of propriety!
It is a source of great amusement to me to see how different the experiences can be when people travel abroad. Your lot seemed to have been prepared to see only the negatives.
Regardless of all that, the photo is an accomplished one. Regards. Klaudio.
worldcitizen (5613) 2013-10-23 17:23
Wow! It sounds like you accidentally slipped into some kind of strange alternate universe! You definitely had some bizarre experiences, but the photo is very nice! :-) I like the placement of the mosque, and the lovely exposure that accentuates the slender and tall minarets. Perhaps you did slip into the "Twilight Zone" while in Adana. Weird things happen sometimes, right?! :-)
jcpix (6504) 2013-10-23 19:50
Well, sure enough...the title got my attention right away! :) Great story behind this shot, it adds even more interest and a touch of humor into the visual. Amazing what and who we come across in our travels, and I'm sure this is one you won't forget any time soon.
A lovely, sharp and detailed photo of this mosque. The timing enhances the entire appeal, you certainly caught that period of transition from day to night with precision. A small detail, but I really like the starburst effect from the lamps at the bank of the river...just that added touch of effect. A soothing display and range of blues, very well done! have a great day ahead.
All the best,
jjcordier (67180) 2013-10-23 23:18
Il t'est arrivé de drôles d'aventures ici, très étonnant! cela ne t'a quand même pas empêché de réaliser une belle photo de cette mosquée en début d'heure bleue.
dkmurphys (42431) 2013-10-24 0:36
Perfect blue hour capture! I like what you did with the lights management. Great work!
Mics (186) 2013-10-24 0:40
Yeah, I got a little roused with the title and made me more interested to read your note. What an experience! Nevertheless, you still managed to see and capture the beauty of the place. Well done!
Have a nice day ahead of you :-)
adidas5nb (2863) 2013-10-24 5:39
lovely light management and clean perspective .the frame is so attractive.
sevy (14267) 2013-10-24 5:46
Tout comme Philippe, à première vue, je croyais voir la mosquée bleue à Istanbul. Un endroit que je rêve de visiter. En plus c'est un rêve qui ne sera pas très difficile à satisfaire.
J'aime bien ici la variétée des tons bleus, couplé avec les teintes dorées sur les minarets, ça donne une certaine élégance. Ca valait le coup de tenter la photo.
Par contre, vue ce que tu racontes, je ne suis pas certain d'inscrire Adana sur ma liste de voyage.
mesutilgim (72900) 2013-10-24 11:51
Very nice capture from my country ! Good pov and layout.
I remember when this mossque was been built by one of the wealthiest families of the Country, the Sabance Family there was huge debates within architects countrywide, as it is a bad copy of the traditional mosque architecture of Turkey.
Very nice and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
holmertz (31226) 2013-10-24 12:31
This is an interesting picture of a 20th century mosque imitating the 16th century. The blue hour looks great. But really this time your note is the most interesting thing (and I am so curious of what happened at the hotel:-).
I had several similar experiences in various parts of Turkey in the early 1970's when I travelled extensively all over the country for several years in a row. But not so many weird things just in one place, and nothing at all in Adana although I stayed there for several days. But 40 years ago Turkey was very different from what it's like now. Most people were not at all used to meeting foreigners, the country felt very much behind the times and very provincial. It was clearly not a part of Europe in those days, like it is now.
I had stones thrown at me in some places, even in Diyarbakır I was hit in my back by a large stone (like a fist) thrown at me in the courtyrd of a mosque. In another city in the far east I had to barricade the door to my room because some men were trying to get in. Strange things happened all the time, but I still loved the country because the vast majority of people were so nice.
When I returned to Diyarbakır more than 30 years later the city was totally different and all those backward attitudes seemed to be gone. I had hated the city the first time and fully enjoyed it the second time.
I guess you must have come across a very unfortunate and mathematically almost unlikely series of coincidences in Adana.
rigoletto (32746) 2013-10-24 16:40
I read (with lots of grins) the whole note and your typical long answers. Quite interesting as always. Considering all these things happened to you in different places on earth, i could say that, a walking lightning rod you should be to attract so many weirdos. You should come back to TR and i'll send you to a local witch who will cast away the bad luck hanging around you :))
And those locals from my land should be definitely crazy at least for the reason of trying to offend such a towering guy like you. Happy they should be for still being able to breathe... (don't worry, Midnight Express is a kinda fiction as LoTR is)
For the photo: one of the classiest sabanci mosque photos around...
Angshu (52890) 2013-10-26 8:48
We never went to Adana, short of time...But your note, after reading, made me split with laughter...I also read each and every thread and your answers...Fascinating indeed! In fact I was trying to visualize as I remember your towering frame "I warned him to get out of my way in the same tone of voice." ;-)
Superb picture...its amazing to see the 6 minarets in this mosque a-la Suleymaniye! Wonderful exposure in the blue hour & brilliant details!
PS : I always had a moustache...sometimes I trim it...Deniz had also the same question surprisingly after seeing my new profile picture ;-)
emka (64124) 2013-10-26 12:16
beautiful photo of this big mosques with six minarets like by Sultanahmet. Splendid composition etc.
How much to read with this photo! I read your story, long critics and replies. It is really amazing and strange that so many weird things happened in short time and quite unexpectedly. But fortunately even it was for sure unpleasant and disgusting nothing serious happened. (with the story in hotel it was to be worry about). I was lucky that travelling to sometimes remote places and alone or with a small company I have only good memories. I found the people nice and helpful everywhere. Only once I was scared when I found myself in the middle of Gipsy settlement and the boys approached me with the small stones. It was in Slovakia. And one incident shouldn't make opinion about the people in the country. Mad people can be everywhere. As you noticed :) I have just returned from Turkey and I found the people there wonderful. And after this note I would be very curious to go to Adana. But I suppose that nothing weird would happen.
When everything ends well, you are safe back, it is something to tell the others to make the story exciting. What would be the travelling worth without some adventures?
bostankorkulugu (41300) 2013-10-28 3:22
i keep saying the same thing... turkey is becoming more religious and less moral day by day... a horrible combination... well sorry for what you experienced there but the shot looks so good as expected...
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (30026)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
- Exposure: f/16, 3 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-23 6:48