Photographer's Note

This photo was taken in Istanbul..

A nice winter day. It was afternoon. Four of us were drinking raki in a large fishing boat, which has its paint and paste faded and dried, and the spaces on the frame broadened due to spending whole summer, maybe the last few summers ashore. Hamza, Mustafa Captain and a man with a strange name… now at the moment I can't recall his name, were my companies. That man was the most loquacious of us. In fact, all he could do was laughing rather than speaking. When I said "now, its my turn to treat you to a bottle of raki," he objected saying, "No, your money is not valid in Uskudar. Furthermore, you are our guest."

Opposite to us were the glittering Besiktas ridges. There was the deep blue Bosphorus between us. At the beginning, we were hearing the roar of water, like a waterfall, flowing towards Semsipasa. But after drinking a few glasses of raki we began to hear nothing; only when we glanced at the pebbles along the shore, and the small waves washing them, we were hardly hearing something. Sometimes a steamer was passing offshore and the flooding sea was rocking the rollers ashore. There on the rollers were caiques in various colors, vessels and passenger boats in red, blue and yellow colors..."

Orhan Veli KANIK (Famous Turkish poet and writer)

PS: This photo was taken with my old film camera Minolta.. Because I scanned at home the quality has dropped..

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