The bread being loaded into the horse-cart was certainly fresh when this picture was taken, but that was 36 years ago, in August 1974.
This is a back street in the city of Edirne in the far west of Turkey, close to the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. It's a giant step from my last upload from near the Soviet border but from the same journey. This was my fifth visit to Turkey in as many years.
Edirne is mainly known for its many great mosques, including the masterpiece, the Selimiye Camii, built in 1575 by the famous architect Mimar Sinan. But at least in the 1970's there were still a lot of traditional civilian Turkish buildings such as in this photo. I hope most of them have been declared a cultural heritage and preserved. I doubt that they still deliver bread by horse-cart, though.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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dta (65694) 2010-10-12 2:58
Hello Gert ,
What an outstanding contribution to TE ! 36 years old ! I would like to see the picture of the same place today . May be a few things has changed .
The composition is great , too , with both the daily life scene and intersting pieces of rural architecture .
Excellent quality of the scan .
halilguven (417) 2010-10-12 3:42
Kompozisyonu ve konusu harika bir kare.
vishaal (1038) 2010-10-12 4:05
Gert, my friend, what kind of magic you create from these scanned photos ! It is amazing for me. Simply, I don't have any words for the quality of your photo. It is superb. The colors, the sharpness and the overall composition as well..all are wonderful.
My best regards,
jasmis (57824) 2010-10-12 4:59
1974! Incredible. Your drawer has no end. Superb document from the past.
Regards my dear friend.
Ilducabianco (940) 2010-10-12 6:30
Interesting scene of daily life, well illustrated by the decisive moment seized.The fact of being a photo of 36 years ago makes better understand its good quality.
umutlu101 (13483) 2010-10-12 7:50
zaman yolculuguna çikarma güzelligi bu fotograf sanatinin.
sanki yeni 4ekilmisler gibi güzeller.
ayni yerlerin bugünkü hallerini ayni açidan fotograflayip WS de yayinlamak mümkün olsa ,mükemmel ve sergilik bir seri olur bence.
tober (8797) 2010-10-12 8:15
Hello Gert, veeery very beautiful and nostalgic photo from the historic town of Edirne. The picture quality is much much better than todays so called "modern" cameras!
Last spring, I visited Edirne and saw that some of the those old houses are nicely restored, while some of them are unattended and even in ruined condition. Horse-carts are still active but not for this purpose. Just for for carrying people for a nostalgic entertainment.
Looking forward to seeing other photos of your from Edirne.
Best regards, Tolga
P.S: Do you remember which part of Edirne is this? Next time, when I go there I will try to find the same vantage point and take today's version of this photo. The dome at the end of the road could be a nice clue but I couldn't identify it.
serp2000 (39558) 2010-10-12 10:10
Wonderful documental photo. Spirit of time. Excellent capture of this moment. Perfect colours and sharpness.
All the best wishes,
saxo042 (37268) 2010-10-12 14:06
A very fine picture! I do agree with some other comments, that it would be very interesting to see very new photo from this location. This view looks like one hundred years old (if you don´t look at the cables). I think the central motive here is the carriage and "mr. Pink" loading bread into the wagon. The colours of the building here are very attractive. Indeed a very fine street scene from so many years ago.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-10-12 14:43
Good evening Gert,
Digitalization does not seem to have degraded the quality of the photograph of origin. The light and clearness are excellent. The contents of the photograph are a pleasant, interesting document with a skilful framing. Cheer.
Have a good evening
agjika (3616) 2010-10-12 16:16
This is an incredible shot. The wooden building in the back seem very interesting. And you have captures the very moment of handing over the bread.
Thanks for sharing
stevesaba (8135) 2010-10-12 19:44
Another great scan from your earlier trips to Turkey. I had a good laugh about the title...you are right the bread would be very stale now! But what an interesting photo, with lots of details to study. The architecture seems unique, but slightly reminiscent of other countries. And I see the bread man is wearing a cap. I was reflecting that in the early 50s in Vancouver we had a horse-drawn wagon delivering milk to our door. Hard to believe now. Fine work as always, warm regards,
everlasting (14618) 2010-10-13 2:24
What a great documentary image. A fine example of an old scanned photo!! The atmosphere and spirit wonderfully captured.
patdeph (35748) 2010-10-13 5:35
a picture full of charm,with nice colors!I love this atmosphere!Excellent!
abmdsudi (42618) 2010-10-13 7:10
Another classic! with vintage horse cart and rows of fairly old looking houses. Can almost feel the quiteness of this place, far from hectic life, easy going it seemed. Wonder whether this village is still around in same landscape. Nice piece of reportage, Congrats, TFS
wolf38 (31270) 2010-10-13 22:57
Hi Gert. Also this photo is again a strong historical document. What will have changed since then. I like the combination of people and their living environment. Overall a good and compositionally well-balanced photo. Regards, Wolfgang.
jhm (138230) 2010-10-14 4:40
Hello Gert ,
What an outstanding contribution to TE, 36 years old almost not believe, really a wonderful picture, without cars alone horse and carriage.
I really enjoy seeing pictures like as this.
Very well commposition, nice done, my compliments for scanning. TFS.
Kielia (23351) 2010-10-14 5:25
a very interesting and excellently composed impression of rural Turkey accompanied by a very interesting note. The light and the moody colors create a fascinating atmosphere. My compliments also for the quality of the scan!
Glint (6165) 2010-10-16 13:03
the bread may be stale by now but certainly not this photograph.Very interesting traditional architecture,with lots to interest the viewer.
Incidentally, I remeber icecream being delivered to the streets where I lived as a child by horse and cart.
mafegan (8624) 2010-10-17 16:00
If I ignore the wooden cart subject matter there is sufficient sharp detail to indicate this could be a recent capture. Only the blue/mauve/white variations in the sky, which I often notice in scanned slides, would suggest otherwise. Cheers, Marlene
Angshu (55401) 2010-10-18 21:10
A fine documentary post & a fine slice of daily life from a small Turkish town, depicted here. The quality is excellent & when I saw the year of the picture, I was pleasantly surprised! Wonder how this place would be looking now...if there has been any change in the last 3 decades! Fine post!
adores (36183) 2010-10-21 14:20
Another good old daily scene!The transportation is simply fantastic here - it probably doesn't exist anymore!Good colours and sharpness. Good work with the scanner!
BennyV (13770) 2010-10-22 12:49
Just stumbled upon this one...
More brilliance from the archives, this really is such a wonderful docu shot. It feels like travelling in time. I wonder how much of this scene is still standing these days... Thinking about it makes me sad. Or let's say 'mixed emotions', at least...
Just keep sharing them. It's great to see your oldies here in their afterlife.
Ricx (13495) 2010-10-23 3:53
Morning Gert, I like your sense of humour.. Do you wonder, when looking at this photo, how much this street scene has changed over all these years? Are there any man made places immune from change in the fast and developing world we live in. A great transfer from film to digital, keeping good tones and sharpness. Great shot. Rich
marina7 (8053) 2010-11-01 13:21
That's a nice image from everyday life in rural Turkey. Very journalistic with great details and well-composed.
Good light and point of view.
Vasa (16760) 2010-11-10 17:46
your witness from Turkey is really splendid. You find the richness in your documentation and you are right to keep on you your camera. Serbia should be proud of your new visit. In Edirne, here, you got the superb and warm atmosphere. Completely for my soul. Many thanks, friend.
fanni (14377) 2010-11-24 12:36
oooh Is it a virtual excursion to the Past?
This looks like an illustration from an old book of short stories - one of the most interesting photos I've seen!
Excellent shot, very interesting composition... and an excellent scan & PP (colours, sharpness... etc) !
PS. maybe I should start saving all your photos from TE in case TE suddenly stops existing???
wojtpod (774) 2010-11-28 0:55
You show very interesting scene of daily life in Turkish province. Good frame and nice colors.
CycleEyes (24) 2011-02-15 21:00
This photo reflects something special about our distant past, a special photo in the old album. I would like to have any picture taken this way the street from my childhood...
Thanks for sharing.
fabbs99 (16163) 2012-08-13 8:56
Very nice and warm image of the Turkish countryside exhibiting the delivery of bread by horse cart. The colorful image of the the houses around and the tiled rooftops make it an interesting sight.Good framing and excellent composition with great sharpness.
kato (11630) 2013-02-28 22:07
You're capturing well this daily life by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the pasroral scape with a row of old/traditional houses and the winding back street. It's impressive in bread delivery by horse-cart, too. Probably, it was found useful in the local resident. It's tasteful for house design at left side with colorful wall and blue window frame being subdivided.
ourania (30147) 2014-01-27 13:56
this scene must have looked so casual and natural in its day, an ordinary part of daily life in the quiet town. It feels like a rare document now and is fascinating. We can observe and understand so much through your simple and effective composition. I like very much the long perspective of the traditional houses and the presence of the people, who have been captured with great timing. Textures, light and colours are magnificent. From the most attractive element to the tiniest detail, everything looks meaningful and precious through the filter of time. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,