Turkey : 1972 Archive

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by ReD, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Turkey 1972
    Zenith E – Kodachrome converted to BW

    Istanbul street market

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    Leaving Istanbul about half a days drive into Asia we came across this log cabin settlement


    Group Photo

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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cool! Would love to see more if you have it! :smile: and if you have any stories to share about the trip, please do!
  3. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Not many more but I'll see what I can dig out
  4. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    A few More

    Blue Mosque Istanbul
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    Blue Mosque Interior
    Hand held on B flicked the button & hoped – hence shake

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    Central Turkey
    Goreme Cappadocia
    Worth Googling & Visiting
    Settlement Dates back millennia – region is soft volcanic rock which has been carved out to form houses, monasteries, nunneries – supposedly early Christians but I suspect settlement took place earlier.

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    View from a rock dwelling –
    Had to climb up a vertical shaft to get in then found a large boulder there which could be rolled over the shaft for protection against invaders. The boulder must have been carved inside the room. Some rooms had beds & seats carved out.

    The rock is easily carved – you can pick up a stick & carve away.

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    Nearby are subterranean cities holding 10,000 & more inhabitants all carved out of the rock – they keep discovering new cities. At the time of this trip only 2 were open to tourist / public. One city was a random maze of tunnels and rooms, the other was later period, more geometric, cubic, with churches cruciform on plan. Sometimes we found ourselves crawling through narrow air shafts instead of main avenues.

    Interior shot of carved out church

    Hand held on B flicked the button & hoped

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  5. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Love these "from the archives" type posts. Great stuff.
  6. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Can’t put my hand on other slides at moment – will post if they turn up.

    The Story ….

    In 1972 I decided to go to Cyprus work there for a while & then maybe head off to Egypt. Packed my bags took train to Paris & from there hitch-hiked to Munich. Stayed in Munchen for a few days to take a look around the Olympics games village being completed.
    Found my spot on the Autobahn held out my sign saying “Istanbul” & got a lift from an American family driving a Winnebego. (Think the Simpsons with Homer being a paranoid anti-communist married to a Turkish lady returning home to show off her gold jewellery to the Turkish cousins.) Munich – Yugoslavia -Romania – Turkey.

    2 days later with Homer having had 3 hours sleep (“Can’t trust them commies Boy!”) we arrived in Istanbul & I joined the 70’s revolution.

    Hung out in some local bars & cafes - main tourist Head café was the Pudding Shop.
    Answered an ad to share petrol on a drive through central Turkey & teamed up with two Americans Doug & Steve. Doug had bought an old VW Beetle for 10$ from a German crossing the Yugoslav border to dump the car (apparently Germany had strict penalties on car disposal). Filled the tank & off we set.

    Route was Istanbul – Ankara – Kayseri – Neveshir - Cappadocia then onto the Mersin on the south coast.

    We drove through mountains, plains, salt deserts, deserts, & rock outcrops. Sometimes we got lost.

    It took around 2 weeks before we arrived in Mersin. We said our farewells, exchanged addresses & I boarded the ferry to Varosha / Famagusta Cyprus. I worked there for a few months, never got to Egypt. Caught the other ferry to Venice & hitched home to UK.

    Sadly I lost all contact with Steve & Doug.
  7. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Sounds like a proper adventure! :thumbup: I like the additional pics, too! :smile:
  8. Me too wouldn't mind seeing more from this adventure.
  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Fabulous to see one of my favourite countries at a different time.
  10. porchard

    porchard Veteran

    Feb 3, 2013
    Devon, UK
    Great set of shots - thanks for posting.

    It's great to see the enthusiasm on here, for these photographs - especially since the technical image quality is not that great by today's standards. It's a useful reminder that perhaps we obsess rather too much about this aspect these days. We should enjoy the quality of the images themselves, and worry less about sharpness, blah blah blah... (or is that "yada yada", if you happen to be across the pond?!:wink::smile:)
  11. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Good point
    My memory of these slides was that some were a bit thin but that they were all sharply in focus - ok they are better when projected on a wall but these scans now show deficiency - maybe I was less critical back then. Also possibly partly down to using a Cheap Veho scanner. I posted some comparison shots with a STX1 film & the F660 digital on the Fuji thread earlier this week & soft focus is also apparent from the STX1 lens I used - has a certain charm of its own but sharpness is lacking.

    I also discovered some old macro shots last night which I could have sworn were the bees knees in sharpness - not so.

    I also think we are more forgiving of old equipment - if I bought a digital camera with the same results it would be sent back.