Ata Kemal Sahin  

Weary Soul by Ata Kemal Sahin

November 2020 - Weary Soul

November 2020 - Ata Kemal Sahin


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Life was already difficult for the elderly people in my country and now Coronavirus hit them so hard. As their retirement income not enough, they should continue working to survive! I tipped and tried to talk to him, but was kindly rejected; probably, he has a mental breakdown! He looked like a retired official and that’s why he was wearing a -old habit- tie while beating darbuka / goblet drum. Anyway, you can easily read his life journey from his tired face and eyes.

I used PS to edit and convert to bnw. Exif: 7D / 50 mm prime. f3,2 1/100 ISO 100

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

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Ata,
Thank you for sharing.
I like the contrast, white shirts vs dark tone of face/arms.
Looking at the details of his face, eyes, wrinkle, and expression, I instantly detect the story, toughness of life and melancholy, as you mentioned. In that sense, this image is good story telling image, I think.
Technically, I prefer to see better sharpness on this face. Also the background (leg of statue? and white bricks) destruct my eyes, I would burn a bit in PS.
But overall, this is a good story telling image in my view!   Posted: 11/03/2020 03:49:39
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Haru, thanks for your comment. I've thought like you after shot, but the main focused point is his left hand here. Could you kindly re-edit? Thanks my friend.   Posted: 11/03/2020 04:37:38
Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Understood your intention now that you focus to show his hand, which is different from my take. Then forget my comment, please.   Posted: 11/04/2020 04:31:28

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Ata,
I like this very much for its uniqueness. It is very unusual to see a man playing the drum dressed in a white shirt and necktie. As you say, it suggests his fall in status. And he looks very unhappy, instead of being happy to be making music. You are very sensitive to people.
Technically, I think you did very well to shoot at 1/100 and capture his right hand in a little blurred motion.
My only suggestion would be to remove the legs (of a statue I think) from behind him and fill in with a copy of the brickwork.
Was this gentleman part of a musical group, or playing alone? Was music being made for an event, or on the street to make money? Did he have a basket out collecting money donations?   Posted: 11/03/2020 21:24:51
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Hi Stephen, I'm following the US Election results and wishing all the best for USA and the World. You're absolutely right that I should remove the legs of statue. He was playing alone to make money and has a basket. Thanks for your comment.   Posted: 11/04/2020 00:16:26

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Very good picture! The old man was meditating while playing. The old man's movements, expressions and clothes conveyed rich stories and emotions.   Posted: 11/07/2020 19:00:26
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks Ying.   Posted: 11/11/2020 00:29:48

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
This picture is all about mood. You get instantly attracted to the sad face. No emotions, no spirit, just plying the drum. As always, your pictures tell great stories. In my opinion, the legs of the statue should not be removed as they are part of the story, a man playing on the street. The only change I would suggest is to lighten the light parts in his face to enhance the hopeless expression.   Posted: 11/08/2020 01:28:37
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks Arne.   Posted: 11/11/2020 00:30:52

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Ata, you continue to take us on a study of the faces of Turkey. I don't think I'd change anything in this image. The man's face draws the viewer's eyes and tells the story.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:28:14
Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Thanks Bill.   Posted: 11/11/2020 00:29:10

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Another good story teller.
Oddly enough, the first thing I see is not his hands but the mask on his neck. That is really the sad sign of the time.
I actually like how one hand is stationary while the other one is in motion.
His forlorn expression make me think that his heart is not in the music he is playing but some other sad thought .
Hope that this scene will not last much longer.
Thank you very much for sharing again.   Posted: 11/30/2020 13:08:42