Today is the 75th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. In honor of the day, I am uploading one of my few photographs from Anıtkabir, where he was laid to rest. The following is what TurkishMedia.com has compiled about this set of statues:
Sculptor of the Men's Group Statue in front of the Freedom Tower is Hüseyin Anka Özkan. A solid, static style is observed in this group statue. In the front are figure of a bonneted soldier without rank and an intellectual with his left hand holding a book behind whom in the middle is the figure of a peasant or a shepherd. According to the decision of the committee which commissioned the statues, sculpture groups located on both sides of the entrance at the beginning of the Lion Road should express the deep pain felt by Atatürk's death. They must prepare visitors to enter the monument respectfully. Here, while the figure of the shepherd or peasant processes emotion, the figures of soldier and intellectual are taken to highlight that the future will be guaranteed. Intellectuals and military will lead, people will connect with the Republic emotionally.
Bugün Türkiye Cumhuriyeti'nin kurucusu Mustafa Kemal Atatürk'ün ölümünün 75. yıldönümü. Günün anısına, onun toprağa verildiği Anıtkabirden birkaç fotoğrafımın birini yüklüyorum. Aşağıda TurkishMedia.comun bu dizi heykellerin hakkında derlendikleridir:
Hürriyet Kulesi önündeki Erkek Grup Heykelinin heykeltıraşı Hüseyin Anka Özkandır. Bu grup heykelinde katı, statik bir üslup görülür. Önde rütbesiz, kaputlu bir asker ve sol elinde kitap tutan bir aydın figürü ile bu ikisinin gerisinde, ortada bir köylü ya da çoban figürü yer alır. Heykelleri görevlendiren komisyon kararına göre, Aslanlı Yol başında girişin iki yanında yer alan heykel gruplarının Atatürkün ölümünden duyulan derin acıyı ifade etmeliydi. Ziyaretçileri anıta saygıyla girmeye hazırlamalıydı. Burada çoban ya da köylü figürüyle duygusallık işlenirken; asker ve aydın figürüyle de geleceğin garanti altına alındığı vurgulanır. Aydın ve asker öncülük yapacak; halk, duygusallığıyla Cumhuriyete bağlanacaktır.
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kato (11630) 2013-11-10 23:32
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the sculptor of the Men's Group Statue in front of the Freedom Tower. It's interesting as showing it's historical basic bone in Turkey that the statue is soldier, shepherd and intellectual. You are holding deep love in the homeland. And, it's also impressive in greenery of backdrop and blue sky in November.
ikeharel (73559) 2013-11-11 8:56
Accidently, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died on the same day that was a horrible date for Jewes in Europe Nov. 10th is the 75th momerial-day for the Kristalnacht.
Nevertheless,there is a great connection between those dates: If Turkey would have Atatürk after this time, it would probably not join coallission with Germany in WW2.
My private thought only.
Fine photo for the great man memorial.
ChrisJ (116108) 2013-11-11 9:23
Punchy light contrasts and an apt upload for the commemoration of the untimely death of Ataturk, a shining light in the same dark era as Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. Superb warm cold colour contrasts between the yellow stone and blue sky with just a little oe in the highlights. Have a great week. Off to Istanbul tomorrow for my resident's permit.
ourania (47858) 2013-11-11 10:02
this is a fine depiction of the significant monument, intended to inspire emotions as well. There's a very good perspective and your point of view is detatched as the glance of the three statues has not direct impact on the viewer. You probably wished to place them against a contrasting backdrop and, given the very strong, light, I agree with this choice. In spite of the brilliant light and colours, though, the suggestiveness and solemnity of the monument comes through very effectively indeed. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
resat1972 (7576) 2013-11-11 11:10
çok değerli bir arşiviniz var
muhteşem bir fotoğraf
pajaran (62566) 2013-11-11 12:46
Interesantan teskt o spomeniku, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan spomenik.
Lepo secanje na Yashica i film.
Imajte lep dan sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
An interesting article about the monument, with the given data ...
Good work, beautiful monument shown.
Nice memories of Yashica and film.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-12 5:04
Today you have posted a fine photograph from your homeland in remembrance of the man who founded the Turkish Republic. I don't know much about Turkish history but I have heard of the name before as my favourite football team (Liverpool FC) won the European Champions League final at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul a few years back.
Nice angle you have taken this shot from showing in good detail and clarity the Men's Group Statue at the front of the Freedom Tower.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-11-12 7:38
Great capture of this statues and a good reminder for everybody. Good pov and it has good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-11-25 2:47
Dear Murat, good detail of that memorial monument, excellent resolution, blue sky and good light, fine photoo comment about these statues, no I didn't change location, I just put my nationality of country, thanks, Kind regards
jmdias (65603) 2013-11-30 0:13
very nice framing where the sculptures and the lines of the walls around are perfectly positioned. excellent light and details. beautiful image despite the job scan and the time.
pierrefonds (68171) 2014-04-22 17:55
The trees are helping to frame the statues. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the statues. The light seem to be very strong on the statues which is affecting some of the details. Have a nice day.