Anatolian Landscapes is the result of a long train ride from Istanbul to Adana, going through the plains, mountains, villages, towns, and experiencing the rapid change of the scenery, photographed from the moving train with no second chance to shoot again. Consequently, each photo is close to being unique.
Take A Train To See
One can see more when not driving, even better, when riding on a train. Looking out, all the scenery and all the people you see remain anonymous. I like that. It is a last-ditch effort to separate a photograph from reality. Inextricably tied to the real world, photography and reality seem to be forever chained together. By keeping these locations and a few people anonymous, I wanted to emphasize the photographs rather than “who, what, where” issues; even the young woman who nonchalantly shakes a blanket from a second-floor balcony with no railing will remain anonymous. The large banner above a local bus that says “Welcome To The Town of Fethibey” and certainly identifies the location. Although I could have removed it from the sequence, I chose to emphasize this bond between a photograph and reality momentarily only to let it slip through the fingers once more in the following photographs. I intentionally chose a format that mimics the vista, wide and expansive. Consider the few square-format photographs as punctuation marks, and take your pick for a comma, a period, or an exclamation mark! This is Anatolia; high, low, cool, warm, rough, smooth!