Ata Kemal Sahin  

Opposite Directions by Ata Kemal Sahin

June 2020 - Opposite Directions

June 2020 - Ata Kemal Sahin


About the Image(s)

Kadikoy is in Anatolian site of Istanbul and always crowded as there are plenty of cafes, restos, fish market and greengrocers. One of pastry shop there is my fave since my childhood and I sometimes visit to eat cremeschnitte and surely take lifestyle photos before taking a sip from my coffee mug.
I wanted you to focus on men from different cultures walking in opposite directions that’s why I cropped from sides and re-adjusted highlights, contrast, brightness and converted to bnw.

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

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Ata, Thank you for sharing the interesting image.
I like to concept of the image.
From pictorial point of view, Personally, I wanted to see contrast between the two persons in tone range. That would give viewers more stronger message of "Opposite Direction".
Other than that, I have no other critique for improvement. It is nice and sharp, good lighting, etc.
I wish the person on the left is walking the street rather than standing, which also emphasize "Opposite Direction" in my view. But again, I like your concept of the image.   Posted: 06/02/2020 02:09:58
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Haru. Yes, his walking speed was lower than other.   Posted: 06/09/2020 02:38:07

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Merhaba Ata,
I think you did a good job capturing this contrast. I see the man on the left with his customary cap, jacket, and pants, and holding his prayer beads behind his back. The man on the right has recently purchased fashionable clothing and carries a "man bag."
The close crop focuses very well on these two.
(I wonder how they each vote. They might represent "tradition" and "business" and both vote the same.)   Posted: 06/05/2020 12:09:35
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Stephen, thanks for your comment. Yes he was wearing traditional villager cap, counting and reciting tasbeeh. Regarding votes, it's same as yours ie difference between South & Central USA and West USA.   Posted: 06/09/2020 02:53:16

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
You are constantly evoking memories for me! I like the story you're telling us, the inclusion of the Tesbih (what we 1960's Americans referred to as "Worry Beads"), and the very real physical difference between a native and a visitor. I wish there were more open space on each side of the image for the men to be walking into.   Posted: 06/08/2020 10:59:53
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Bill. Yes, your suggestion can be an alternative. Luckily, you can watch the original.   Posted: 06/09/2020 02:55:58

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
A very symbolic picture, in particular in these days when different cultures are opposing each other. Well seen and well done.   Posted: 06/09/2020 15:13:48
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
I was lucky to capture that moment. Thanks Arne.   Posted: 06/13/2020 09:07:35

David Henderson   David Henderson
Good captured, the speed of the captured was spot on with no blur on either feet. Mono conversion and crop is good but I agree with Haru that you need to create more contrast between figures.   Posted: 06/15/2020 03:27:36
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Good idea David, thanks; but clothes, caps and shoes already have cultural differences.   Posted: 06/15/2020 06:21:38

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
This is a very story-telling street photo.
It would be better to loosen the composition.   Posted: 06/22/2020 19:15:22
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks for your comment Ying.   Posted: 06/24/2020 07:50:59

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
I like both your capture and your crop.
Your story can be easily seen too.
Blue is such a versatile color that if you wish to make the modern man's jacket brighter it can be esaily done.
Looking at the original image, I see a motorycle to the left and a traditional man sitting down to the right.
I feel that if you expand the crop to the same extent on each side this is a different view but will express the same theme.   Posted: 06/23/2020 10:39:04
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
No limit, purple tasbeeh has the same rights:) I did not want to enlarge the theme just to focus on both men, but your perspective surely tells more about the story. Thanks Angela.   Posted: 06/24/2020 08:02:33