Turkish people in 12 photos
I have never been good at taking photos of people, as I never knew how to approach them. I didn’t know if it’s better to try and take a more natural but sneaky photo or, quite on the contrary, ask for permission and be prepared for rejection.
As we had to spent 2 weeks waiting for our Iranian visas in Trabzon, an opportunity arose to do a photography walk with Elias, another traveller we met, who also wanted to gain more confidence at taking pictures of people. Below you can see the effect of our walk: “Turkish people in 12 photos”.
It turned out that asking for permission is certainly the way to go. Most Turkish people felt excited at the prospect of being photographed, sometimes they even asked us to take a photo of them after seeing two foreigners with cameras around their necks. This also created some unique opportunities to interact with the locals, as we were invited into many shops and cafes, and I was even offered some free food in exchange for taking a photo!
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This photo was taken in a traditional Turkish tea house, which is usually reserved only for men. Read more about Turkish tea houses and take a look at more photos.
Man selling oranges. Markets are usually the best places to capture people and their everyday lives.
Three old men taking a break in the sun.
Take a look at the beads which one of the men is holding. They are called tespih, are used for praying and usually consist of 99 beads (corresponding to the 99 Names of Allah). Younger generation uses them as stress beads rather than prayer beads, and they are very popular both among young and elder people.
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A hairdresser at work.
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Man selling axes.
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Turkish shoe-shining. This profession is still done by some in Turkey which often use a traditional brass stand.
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Man in a furniture shop.
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Man and his mannequins. Can you spot the man? :)
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Baker at work.
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Jolly homeless man and his cardboard boxes.
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Boy with his broom in a puddle.
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Chainsmith at work.
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As Muslim women cannot be photographed, I have only pictures of those women who approached me and explicitly gave me their permission to take a photo. Here is a picture that Elias took of a super friendly mother and daughter who were so excited that we visited their country, they gave me a kiss!
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Here are some photos taken by another photographer and turned into this cheesy carpet art, quite popular in Turkey.
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Streets of Trabzon.