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Turkey - One Photo Is Worth 1000 Words

I wish I spoke Turkish ...

When I travel I love to chat with folks, listen to their stories, and establish enough of an ease between us to take their portraits. It wasn't always easy in Turkey as many of the people I approached didn't speak English and I speak no Turkish at all. However, the magic of this country is the absolute warmth I encountered everywhere and somehow conversations took place with humorous and innovative 'sign language.' Sometimes, all I had to do was take out my camera and at others I turned to the younger generation like these two fellows to do my interpreting for me.

This handsome woman was one person who required a reason for taking her portrait. I explained that I noticed how she had put her outfit together. There were so many different design aspects but she made the whole thing work beautifully. I think she was pleased enough with my explanation to let me take this picture. Isn't she wonderful?

Outside Topkapi Palace, Leticia Barr, one of the other bloggers on this trip took this 'before' photo of me chatting with two women who were perfect models for how colorfully some of the women in Istanbul choose to dress.

The interesting part of this 'after' photo is that all the while we chatted, they smiled a lot. However, as soon as I pointed the camera at them I could do nothing to get them to change their serious expression. Then I stopped trying. After all, this was their culture, their photo and their choice. Lesson learned!

That same afternoon I spied a woman posing for what seemed to be a commercial fashion photo shoot.

When she was done with her photographers, she was kind enough to pose for my camera as well.

This good natured soldier in Istanbul agreed to pose for this silly photo with me. I explained the scenario to him, he liked it and then forgot to look stern when the actual photo was taken. Oh well...

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