Ottoman Shoes For Sale

•July 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Shoe Collection, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

The shadow of the Ottomans is still visible in many clothing styles worn throughout Turkey today. Although I haven’t seen Ottoman-style leather slippers like this worn by anybody I know in Ankara, presumably somebody wears them if they are on sale at the shop in the Ulus neighborhood where I took this picture. Then again, these could be just for tourists. That doesn’t mean that old-fashioned Ottoman dress isn’t still alive and well in many parts of the country. Shalwar pants like those worn as far east as Afghanistan are still in fashion for men and women in southeast Anatolia, starting in Tarsus.

Mediterranean History: Mountains And The Sea

•June 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Another Sailing Ship, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

Whenever I visit the incredible coastal stretches that bring Turkey’s mainland together with the Mediterranean, the Aegean, or the Black Sea in the north, I come away with one overriding impression: a soaring rocky mountain range over clear blue sea is a thing of beauty. This picture was taken off the deck of a small sailboat in the waters near Fethiye. I decided to go for a textured treatment to add a sense of history and culture – thanks to Flickr user Skeletalmess for the textures.

Belington Train Yard

•May 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Something a little bit different – we’re in America for a couple of months here, and I just had the chance to take some pictures out at this half-abandoned train yard in West Virginia. I’ll be working on some more pictures here to post up in a gallery on

Antiques in Ulus: Found Still Life

•March 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The handcraft traditions of Anatolia are many and varied. Here in Ankara, a copper tray, a carved wooden shutter, and old floral embroidery share the stage with tribal Turkmen carpets and late Ottoman upholstery.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/8, 1/100 sec. Thanks to Shadowhouse for the overlaid textures.

Antalya Door Detail

•February 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Antalya Door Detail, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

Looking upwards, a view of rotting wooden balconies and vintage plaster door details on an old Ottoman style house in Antalya.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/9.0, 1/30 sec., jpeg processed in Camera Raw with a texture added in Photoshop.

Two Doors With Stairs

•January 25, 2011 • 1 Comment

Two Doors With Stairs, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

Street scene in the Cappadocian town of Avanos, central Turkey.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/13.0, 1/30 sec.

Patara Archaeology: A Street Under Water

•January 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Patara Pillars, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

This is one of my favorite sights to see in Turkey. Driving along the Mediterranean coast, your car passes tomato-growing greenhouses before arriving at the tiny village of Patara. On the other side of the village, grassy fields and hills emerge, broken only by a few pillars, cows, and the odd amphitheater. Driving up the dirt path towards the ruins, my wife was stopped by an older village woman in the traditional headscarf. Julie rolled down her window. “Have you seen my goat?” asked the woman. “I lost him right around here.”

Continuing on a few hundred meters down the road brings a sandy parking lot into sight. Walk towards the sand and you will discover a 20-kilometer stretch of white sand that is also a nesting site for – what else – loggerhead sea turtles.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/22, 1/20 sec.

Passing In The Street

•January 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Passing In The Street, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

This picture was taken in the older area of Ankara within the castle walls, where a little girl was seated selling bracelets and keychains as an older man passed her on the street.

The girl is covering her face because to the right and out of the picture, a local photography club was passing by on a photo walk, and she didn’t want her portrait taken. People around the world have various reasons for shying away from a camera – once in Ecuador, I had a woman approach me in a market and ask me not to take pictures because her friend was afraid her soul would be stolen away. In conservative Muslim cultures, including those found in parts of Turkey, married women in particular will cover their faces or turn away because for them or their families, modesty requires it. A photographer needs to know and understand the people around him, and respect their feelings or beliefs.

I know this girl a little and often buy bracelets from her for my own children when passing by. She was laughing while covering her face, and I think her reason is one that can be understood by anyone in any culture when faced with a strange camera: she was embarrassed. Cultural beliefs may be different from place to place, but underneath some things are just human nature.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/7.1, 1/40 sec.


Avanos Clay: Watching From The Wall

•December 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A child rounds the corner of an old house now used as a pottery workshop in Avanos, Turkey.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/400 sec.

Down The Street

•December 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Down The Street, originally uploaded by Josh and Julie.

Old houses and young children on the back streets of Ulus, the old town at the center of Ankara.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/5.0, 1/25 sec.