Ata Kemal Sahin  

Innocent happiness. by Ata Kemal Sahin

March 2020 - Innocent happiness.

March 2020 - Ata Kemal Sahin


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There are approx 2 million gypsies in Turkey and an important majority of florists are gypsy women. When moms are selling flowers, their kids walk around and make something funny. I cropped original copy to keep your focus on kid's face.

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11 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Merhaba Ata, you have captured a charming shot of this child, showing his face and hands clearly. He does not have much--no toy at all--just a water bottle to play with. How innocent he is of the inequities between the classes. I am guessing that his mom does not own her flower business, but is hired at a modest salary to vend the flowers.
We hire the Roma people to do the hard work in our garden in Turkey, cutting the hedge and trees. They work very hard to eke out a living. But at least they are citizens and residents, and not in the plight of the refugees.   Posted: 03/03/2020 16:25:53
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
That's true, even if they're legal Turkish citizens, it's not easy to find an office job or to be an employee in a factory; so they work as street florist, car washer, waste picker, windscreen beggar etc. They have very strong culture, men show respect to women and family life is so important that's why their birth rate is high. All gypsies are expected to marry a gyspy within tribe. It looks a bit complicated, doesn't it? Thanks for your comment Stephen.   Posted: 03/04/2020 01:06:02

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A very well captured and the story behind it makes the picture touching.

The cropping works well, but I think you should have used the available space in front of the bottle. I don`t know how well you are acquainted with Photoshop, but it would also be better if you had given some more space over the boy`s head.   Posted: 03/08/2020 17:01:29
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Arne.
Your suggestion is ok and could be done, but this means smaller size of face details. My target was to show boy's face and bottle -as big as possible- and the funny story that's why I did not take care of any other detail:)   Posted: 03/09/2020 02:10:25

David Henderson   David Henderson
Nice image, B/W is well suited to the story line. I wonder if you could darken the background slightly and lighten the boy so that it make him pop out of the image.   Posted: 03/10/2020 20:04:14
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Good idea. Thanks David.   Posted: 03/12/2020 06:17:36

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
A pictures with strong stories.It will be better if leave more space on the right and above.   Posted: 03/12/2020 15:45:56
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Ying.   Posted: 03/13/2020 09:12:20

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
This is a really nice shot of this boy his water bottle toy. I like your crop, which draws the viewer's attention to your main subject(s).
Is he pretending to drink from the wrong end of the bottle or is he pretending to play a musical instrument? Kids have great imaginations, regardless of where they are living or their station in life. I remember the gypsies from my time in Istanbul. I thought they were generally treated with contempt.   Posted: 03/17/2020 10:43:06
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
I'm not so sure, possibly he had a leak at the bottom of bottle and was really drinking:) Gypsies are great example of a tight culture and I like to photograph them. Thanks for your comment Bill.   Posted: 03/17/2020 10:56:53

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Nice story.
I agree with Arne's suggestion in cropping.
If the objuctive is to keep the face and bottle as big as possible, then cutting the left side and the bottom of the sweater will give to feeling of more room in front of the child .
There is nothing wrong with non-standard size crop until you are printing the image..even then there are ways to around it.
In our competition courses we were told that non-standard crop actually draw attention to the image.
Blue and aqua are nice colors because they can be converted to many many different tones in monochrome .
  Posted: 03/24/2020 15:09:24