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On the Tourist Path
06-AUG-2005

On the Tourist Path

Ankara, Turkey

I went up to the old part of town today to try to find some "pathway" shots since the entire citadel area is full of paths and very few roads. These ladies crochet purses and such to sell to tourists, and getting through them unscathed can be a somewhat daunting challenge. But today, for some reason, maybe because my husband wasn't with me, or maybe because I knew several of their daughters (who sell bracelets and whom I had photographed for another challenge and had actually mailed them the photos), they invited me to take pictures of them -- which amazed me, since in general headscarved women around here go out of their way to avoid being photographed. Even the older lady, who was a bit hesitant at first, later asked me to take a picture just of her. One of them went and woke her baby so I could get some photos of them together; others called their kids for pictures. Then they put a headscarf on me and one of the daughters took a shot of me and another one of me holding the baby. Of course, in the end I had to buy a purse ($4.00) and a few bracelets (.80 each) but it was quite a delightful afternoon.

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Yiannis Pavlis30-Dec-2006 15:17
Another outstanding street shot Helen! I love the tones and you have captured their expressions magnificently. Your work is always a pleasure to view. v.
Daniel Wickwire02-Oct-2005 22:59
A great capture here. Wonderful gallery!! Daniel.