Hedo, Beach Water-sports Salesman Turkey

Having once owned a home in Turkey I was privileged to have visited the country many times over a ten year period.
This as you would expect also meant I got to make friends with some of the locals and those who worked in the area during the busy summer months.
Hedo was someone I always knew would be in the same place on the beach with the same big smile selling tourists water sports.


Asur At Dawn, Aegean Coast Turkey

This image was captured during one of my many trips to Turkey.
I set out just after dawn to walk along the beach to explore and capture anything that took my fancy in the glourious if not a little harsh morning light.
I had only walked for less than 5 minutes when I noticed this gentleman who I later discovered was called Asur sat smoking a cigarette enjoying the beautiful morning over Gumbet bay.
After a few nods to each other I decided to approach him to ask if I may take his picture.
He spoke no english and my limited Turkish was not any good but we got by and I positioned him with an iconic Gulet in the background.
He must have enjoyed his 5 mins of fame as he insisted I take more images of him on the balcony of the hotel beach bar he worked for !
I returned a year later with some prints but never saw him again.

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Boy In The Bay

I captured this image while out for a stroll one evening during my recent trip to Turkey.
It’s not often these days that I go out and just follow my nose with my camera and rarer still that I don’t use a tripod.
Most of my work these days is fairly planned out at least to some point or other so to go out and simply walk & explore is bliss. This takes me back to a time when I was learning my trade and the camera was welded to my eyelid wherever I went!
It was a beautiful evening and I came across 3 young lads jumping off a small wooden pier into the bay at Gumbet.
It wasn’t long before they spotted my camera and started to play to the camera which would normally be my cue to pack away. I decided however the light was just too good to walk away and besides I was simply enjoying the fun too much and getting too many great captures to end it.
Despite being grab shots the images still got a good dose of post production to help portray the mood of this beautiful sunset over the Aegean.


The Gumbet Windmills

I travel to Turkey quite a lot and I’m fortnate to have a home there from which to explore the many areas of historical interest that the country has to offer. On this particular trip I left my friends to enjoy an evening meal together and borrowed my turkish friend’s car to travel & capture the Windmills in the beautiful evening light.
The Windmills are located on headland high above the bays of Gumbet and Bodrum and give a wonderful view over the sea and mountains.
I’d been told about this location many times by Turkish friends but unfortunately on arrival I found it a little disappointing compared to the vision that I had built up in my mind.
I decided that seeing I was not being commissioned to shoot a faithful representation of the place that I would stay truthful to my own vision (as I often do) of this beautiful location by moving a few elements around and clean the place up a little !
My main disappointment at the location was the fact that the stunning view behind the windmills was not clearly visible so I decided to rectify this by raising the sea & mountains.
This was accomplished by capturing the precise images I needed then in post cleaning out a couple of the more derelict windmills so that the view could been seen behind.
This image was also made into a Photography Training Video called “Moving Mountains”