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May 30, 2009
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1/80 second
Focal Length
35 mm
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Date Taken
May 29, 2009, 6:00:48 AM
Turkish Yogurt by spyed Turkish Yogurt by spyed
I enjoyed this old man, he had such a kindness about him. And the man above him was making sure he could get his yogurt container open, it was hard to open and his hands shook a bit.

This moment was snapped on our first day in Istanbul, and in our first outing to get some food at about the middle of the day. It made me realize where I was.....and that is very near "home." (I'm half Greek) - my family is only 5 hours by car from here.

I love the passion, and the humanity of the people in this part of the world. If you want to photograph street, and many of you can do so far better than I can... there are probably few places where truly insightful human condition moments occur as frequently as they do here in Turkey, Greece, Italy, etc. that individually contain so much meaning and depth. People express themselves here in ways cultural barriers don't allow elsewhere. And it's so beautiful.

But Istanbul in particular, I have found magic here in the few days I have spent. I have fallen for this place, and I look forward to coming back when I have more time.

Interestingly there is a long and negative history between Greeks and Turks, but the cultures are so similar it is silly that barriers exist at all. As they only exist in minds, and minds can be altered. I hope this happens faster. There is so much to gain.

Anyway while this photograph has that sweetness, it also has this fantastic waiter who didn't know I was taking a photo, and he is just priceless. The juxtaposition of the two (the sweet exchange, and this waiter being bored out of his mind and in a full spirited posture of 'bleh';) makes this a photo I really like.

Of course, I butchered it technically. Let me submit and edit some more to see what the photo settings were because there's too much grain here....... OK after looking at it I don't think my settings were too bad, basically in this instance I could have used a camera with a faster sensor. Sigh. Anything else you think I could have done to make this a bit better? Higher ISO more detail? I don't know...
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wallpapers247 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The title made me :D and the picture is Very random jUst aS RAndOm aS my caPitAls but, meh, I like it. Fave'd
MelikeBirsenAtes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Hi, it is a long story how I found this photo, but I fell in love both with photoghraph and your comment.
I live in Turkey, and lived a long time in Istanbul where I too adore.

Note: Negative histories between nations are creations of bureaucratic characters and politics.
MT-000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
aw.. makes me emotionnal lol
happyspork Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
My name is Saira and I'm a student at Simmons College. I'm currently taking an introduction to photography course, and each week we are required to write a few words about images related to what we are studying. This week, the theme is juxtaposition. I was wondering if I could write about your photo for my class? I will include your full name and the date it was taken. Thanks!
knofla Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
ScrambledMeg Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student
This is a really sweet picture. I wish i knew how to describe things better, but it feels warm and fuzzy and almost tears in my eyes. Your Artist's Comments did a better job of describing it. I guess this is a waste of comment space... but thanks for making my day (my parents wouldnt let me go to the dA world tour in NY :c) a little better.
christenart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I'm going to have to hand it to you. I really love this piece! It shows the simplicities of life, and how much meaning there really is behind things. You can't tell someone's life by a simple photo. I loved how you depicted that the old man was shaking and may have needed assistance opening his yogurt cup for breakfast. The writing below was truly a work of art in itself. This really inspired both me and my friend to do some B&W photo shoots of everyday life. Definitely worth a favorite!
Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student General Artist
perfect moment in time :D
TheShadowMachinery Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Yes, I can see what you mean. It indeed seems like too real to be real.
Very good composition.
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