Durmuş, July 2011

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    Part of the set "troglodytes and squatters in Cappadocia" - and here I really think that the B/W version is better, leaving our imagination free to see the colours (in the comments). Photo taken with a small Ixus camera that I still use once in a while, specially in Cappadocia.

    Contrarily to most of the other people in this set, Durmuş is much richer and he has deliberately chosen to live as a sort of hermit in these caves: they are part of his largish plot of land out of town, he likes to be on the spot to water the fruit trees and vegetables ; he is not poor, having built a small pension when he came back from Germany ; he is not single, the father of a large family ; his wife, in poor health, is living most of the time on the coast with one of their daughters and having been living away from his family for decades when in Europe, he is happy on his own : this is his way of retirement, to "cultivate his garden".

    >>>>> You can also see on this other (more ancient) photo, and other photos in the comments : the other cave, inside and outside, where he lived previously on the other side of his "garden".

    Pacific Lime (Catching Up!), newlune, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. © noborders 74 months ago | reply

      a detail of the previous photo, that I'll give to him the next time we meet :
      He bought his camera in Germany, some 30 years ago :

    2. Pacific Lime (Catching Up!) 74 months ago | reply

      Beautiful patterns everywhere! Fantastic choice in B/W!

    3. omerozd 74 months ago | reply

      his camera seems to be rangefinder and i think it has a schneider lens :)

    4. © noborders 74 months ago | reply

      Thank you !

      Ömer, I'll enquire about that camera next time I meet him !

      ... Some months earlier, I had taken a photo of the whole room that you can see in larger size :
      Durmuş in his new cave, April 2009

    5. bev glint 74 months ago | reply

      Another set of great photos. I love the colours and patterns. He has chosen a peaceful way to retire.

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