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Monday, October 31, 2011

Izmir marshes

Izmir marshes have been domesticated long ago and are now drawn in perfect lines and rectangles. The Gediz Delta not only supply salt but shelters over 200 species of birds, I will come back soon with some pictures of a few of them. This Friday morning the sun burns the eyes but doesn't succeed to mild the freezing wind blowing in the plain where no hill or tree can even try to stop him. My fingers start to feel the cold but fortunately later on that day I will sit with a t-shirt drinking a cool beer under the yet welcome heat of the autumnal sun. The marshes are a huge area and after you pass by the main gate the straight and narrow road leads you through the marshes to the confines where some of the equipment is visible at work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Be different

This one is from my archives, taken a couple of years ago with my LX2. The stadium is almost deserted under the midday sun. It seems you may hear in the far Ennio Morricone's music playing. Seats look all the same but still some try hard to be different. Just reel life in an empty place.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Supper's Time

It is supper’s time, the crowd already deserted the gulf shore to reach homes or restaurants and seek for a warm meal. Days are still quiet burning but nights get rapidly cold after the sun meet the horizon. Two kids in the skatepark discuss the last figures before heading for home.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

After the Rain

We face less than 60 rainy days a year in Izmir. Scotland sees over 180 to compare but when I say rainy, well, here this doesn't means 24 hours pouring buckets, this is more like a strong rain for somewhere from 10 minutes to a couple of hours and often the sun shines again in the half day following the rain. Here was a typical view of such a day in Alsancak, the active commercial, urban and recreational center of Izmir situated on the south shore. This is made with my DMC LX2, a compact with a Leitz lens. The picture is masked as I would have made under the enlarger to reflect the max of gamut within the paper limited scale.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I bend but do not break

Very bad weather on the Izmir's shores, just a couple of hours without heavy rain and only a few taking a walk.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


A daily paper under his head the old uncle with his clean cloths seems so comfortable sleeping on the bench, why would he go home? world troubles, falling stocks, staggering leaders, flooding rivers ... all seems really far from his daily preoccupations.