Fatih Gönül  

Bilinmez - Unknown by Fatih Gönül

May 2020 - Bilinmez - Unknown

May 2020 - Fatih Gönül


About the Image(s)

Hi, I took this picture inside an old abandoned Genoese church in Istanbul and I’ve prepared a portfolio of 7. The feeling that the girl gave me was too different.
It may be criticized that the girl's eyes are closed however, this impressed me more. I name it ‘bilinmez’(unknown).
Because we’ll never know what she was thinking.

Camera settings: ISO 800, 1/200 shutter, f/2.8, focal length 70mm

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A very nice image. The only thing I would do is lighten up her face and hands a little. This would bring a little more detail to her face and hands.   Posted: 05/03/2020 13:33:31
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Fatih Gönül
Actually, I arranged that the light on the the face and hand of the man a little reduced so that it reflects the mystery.   Posted: 05/07/2020 08:51:40

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Merhaba, Fatih.
I see from your original how you have used the diffuse light from a door or window--I love that technique for portraits.
You image is so full of symbols and suggestions, I am very impressed. The use of the color red throughout suggests passion, or blood: lips, fruit, juice on hands, and her dress. Of course the pomegranates are symbols of fertility, and the woman holds them in front of her chest, like the ancient statues of Artemis. In contrast to those ancient statues, you have posed her in a very modern contrapposto posture. The closed eyes, as you indicate, suggest inner thought--perhaps she is dreaming of one day being a mother.
Perhaps you would be willing to show here some of the other shots from this portfolio.   Posted: 05/04/2020 00:26:54

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I like the "unknown" quality of the woman's expression. Like Stephen, I see her pose with the pomegranates as similar to the way a mother holds a baby. The red on her dress and hands also leaves a feeling of mystery. Beautiful image, Fatih!   Posted: 05/08/2020 10:00:41

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
Well done. The symbolism of every thing in the photo made me think she is dreaming/thinking about wanting/having a baby. Pomegranates are consider a fertility symbol is some cultures.   Posted: 05/11/2020 15:00:19

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Fatih, you have received wonderful responses to this lovely image. I personally, like the darkness to the lighting on her face. Perhaps she lost a child and the thought of the juice on her hands symbolizes that or reminds her of something that touches her heart.

This image, for me, has a great impact, creativity, and a heart-gripping story. I look forward to seeing more of your images from your portfolio.

One thing I would like you to consider is the darkness of her hair on the right side of the frame. I fear in competition the lack of detail in the shadows will not award you with what this image deserves.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 05/15/2020 12:21:19

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
I agree with other comments above that the way the lady holds the pomegranates as she holds her baby. In some religions, the pomegranates symbolize fertility, beauty, and eternal life. Her closed eyes also have the meaning in dreams, and her hands with fruit stains mark as blood stains.
The image is intriguing, and forces the viewers to think further than the subject's appearance. For the lighting, I'd prefer to lighten the background a bit to separate her hair from the wall.   Posted: 05/22/2020 06:05:30

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
This is a haunting image... very well done. Her eyes shouldn't be open, she is deep in thought, deep in her mysteriousness. Her face in the shadows is well done, I don't want more light there. But I agree with LuAnn, possibly a little more light on the right, so you don't lose her shoulder in the details in the shadows... but that is not necessary to the story either. Superb image   Posted: 05/25/2020 10:06:19

Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
Love the lighting in this image and your choice to crop the window out bring your attention directly the woman holding the pomegranates. I agree on lighting up her face and hands just a little. You don't want to take away the dramatic impact of the image. Love your image!   Posted: 05/27/2020 11:47:43