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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Trip Back to Film Days

I was browsing some of my pictures a few days ago and I wanted to revisit my film days. Although there is much, too much to share; the following are only a select few. I did not spend a lot of time to chose them from my archive, only 10-15 minutes to go thru some of them. But these were the ones that I still have a personal connection to. Please note that the prints are old and the scans are not high quality.

Tea is a huge part of Turkish culture. Not only is it consumed at all times and for all occasions, it is also the symbol of hospitality, friendship and human connection. Years ago, we spent a week in a small Mediterranean village called Palamutbükü in Southern Turkey where my family has a summer house and we would spend the entire day on the beach. It was a pebble beach and we would start the sun bathing around 1030am. We would have delicious seafood along with cold Efes Pilsen beer at the restaurant by the beach. And a round 5-6pm, right before we would get ready to get back home for a shower and dinner, the restaurant would bring us tea, on the house. I really miss this little village.

One of my best friends, Fabrice came to spend some time with me in Los Angeles. I know Fabrice from the years I lived in France and we experimented and advanced our photography skills together. When he was in town, we had lunch at Louise's Trattoria in Los Feliz and I snapped this picture.

Contrary to many Parisians, I love Le Métro de Paris.

When I took Jennifer to Turkey for the first time almost a decade ago, I made sure we packed as many locations as possible to our trip. While we were seeing as many places as possible, I thrived to give her the taste of "living" there as opposed to visiting the country as a tourist. When we were in Pamukkale, instead of following the tourist tours and taking the exact same picture as thousands of others do, we purposely got lost in the back ways and had an amazing hike under a very gloomy, gray sky, which in turn provided the rain as we were getting back to the hotel. I love this picture and the memories it brings.

South of France, Montpellier. I was playing volleyball for the university team and we had a Beach Volley tournament in Palavas Les Flots. Of course I brought my camera and snapped gorgeous B&W pictures capturing the partly cloudy sky and the silhouettes of the players... Good times!

I might revisit my film and slide archive sometime soon... It's nostalgic and fun! See you next week!

1 comment:

  1. Continue revisiting film - your work was always solid and it's probably just my imagination running wild, but I (think) really am able to tell the difference -