Ata Kemal Sahin  

Tired Warrior by Ata Kemal Sahin

May 2020 - Tired Warrior

May 2020 - Ata Kemal Sahin


About the Image(s)

She was knitting on the street to sell washcloths, ear warmers, headbands etc to survive in a hard life. I grew up watching my grandma clicking needles together for hours. Knitting is a traditional art activity and is not only for old ladies, but for young women and men today. I’m really impressed by her tired face expression. I converted color image to bnw in photoshop, cropped a bit from sides and adjusted highlights, contrast.

17 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
An interesting motive and a good camera angle. It looks like she is knitting the products she is selling. The eyes go to the lightest part that in this case is the plastic sheet in the foreground. I will therefore suggest to darken this quite a lot. Maybe, also lighten the hands and the face slightly. Apart from that, a good picture.   Posted: 05/05/2020 03:20:53
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks Arne.   Posted: 05/09/2020 07:02:47

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Transition to B&W is successful compared with original. It created mood, which I really like.
I felt her face is a bit dark, loosing light, vs. original has soft diffused light.
You did not cropped plastic sheets on right because you wanted to tell some story of her hard life?   Posted: 05/09/2020 04:37:31

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Yes, bnw tells a different story and air-bubble sheet roll was an important detail on this shot. Thanks Haru.   Posted: 05/09/2020 07:05:07

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
You did a great job of getting this shot, with the woman's face and hands in clear view. Workers like this are common, surrounded by their craft materials and shipping/packing materials. So this is a very good capture of this woman's circumstances. It is probably someone just like this who knitted so many of the wool socks we have purchased at the markets over the years.   Posted: 05/09/2020 16:34:43
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Old part of Istanbul e.g. Eminonu has always crowds and tourists are keen to buy hand made stuff. We went into coronavirus lockdown which began on Mar 21st and surely missing those lively days. Thanks Stephen.   Posted: 05/10/2020 03:23:51
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Yes, we have been there, to the city ferry, the Egyptian Spice Market, and Güvenç Konyalı restaurant. What memories! How I hope we can go back in a couple of years.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:21:13
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
See also Group 14 this month, where Arun Bagga also has a nice shot in Eminonu.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:16:24
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for the info Stephen. I saw his last photo and commented.   Posted: 05/17/2020 02:24:00

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Very good story telling photo, also is a very good example on turning colourful to B&W.
I would lighten the face and hands, darken everything else.   Posted: 05/16/2020 21:18:00
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Ying.   Posted: 05/17/2020 01:26:40

David Henderson   David Henderson
The image definitely tells the story of a tired out worker. Nice and sharp with all her wrinkles showing up. The mono conversion works well as it focus on her face and hands. If a great shame you did not get a shot from in front so you could have taken that plastic out of the picture.   Posted: 05/17/2020 02:55:53
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Yes, you're right; but this was a spy shot as she refused another photographer who had asked to take a photo in front. Thanks David.   Posted: 05/17/2020 04:02:01

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Another interesting individual to study. Every one of your images takes me back almost 60 years to my time in Istanbul. Thank you! I like that you found a way to get the image without getting permission and your composition is good in spite of that. Very nicely done.   Posted: 05/18/2020 12:50:56
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
One of important detail I remember from the 60s is our steam train trips to get from East Turkey to the West, 2.5 days! Surely missing those beautiful days! God Bless our children. Thanks Bill.   Posted: 05/19/2020 05:45:05

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Great conversion that tell a story.
The distraction of the red color had been toned down .
I agree with Ying's suggestion to lighten the face and hands, darken everything else ; especially the bright white part at the doorway in front of her.
Thank you for sharing such an interesting sight .

  Posted: 05/23/2020 14:08:06
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Angela.   Posted: 05/25/2020 02:37:00


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