Photographer's Note

This is from Trabzon, a pleasant medium sized city mainly built on hills overlooking the Black Sea in north-eastern Turkey.

I have no memory of taking this photo, and there is no mention of it in my diary from this journey in the summer of 1971. I would describe it today as a typical "nothing special": just people on a bridge. I completely agree that the colours of this scan of an Agfacolor slide look old; they ARE old. But after I rediscovered the photo recently it has become one of my favourites from that journey.

Here is a larger version.

To me it's all about the three children. A girl and a boy examining what was below the bridge, another girl possibly running an errand for her parents. They are now in their mid 50's. Do they remember this moment?

After seeing this photo for a while I had a look at my digital pictures from a short visit to Trabzon in 2012, on my way to Georgia. It turned out that I had crossed the same bridge again, with only a vague memory of doing it 41 years earlier.

So just for fun I will add two relatively recent photos from here as workshops. You may want to see the rather huge difference. One WS was taken just before I entered the bridge, the other when I had nearly crossed it.

I sincerely think the old photo is a much better composition. I even prefer the nostalgic film colours to the digital brightness.

You can cross the bridge yourself by googling the map coordinates 41.00443 39.71799.

In 1971 Trabzon had a population of about 75,000. Today it has grown to roughly 250,000.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12402 W: 572 N: 23804] (101880)
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