Friday Lens Affair #75

Hattusa Woman Turkey

Today I’m featuring superb B&W photograph of woman from Hattusa in Turkey. Taken by Corinne Vail from Reflections Enroute Blog. I usually do not host black and white pictures in this series, not really sure why. Maybe because travellers usually take colourful photos. Or simply taking black and white pictures is much more difficult. Black and white photographs must be impeccable because you can see every single little flaw on them!

Corinne and her husband Jim are one amazing and very inspiring couple! Travelled together to more than 60 countries together! You can as well follow their adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Picture Story: Spinach woman in Hattusa, Turkey

Anxious to get out of the house on a warm spring day, we drove to the Hittite site of Hattusa. We love looking at ruins, old rocks, foundations of temples and houses, imagining how life was back a few thousand years ago, but this day was just a little different.

In Turkey, it’s no big deal to see a shepherd with a flock of sheep, a few cows, a couple of dogs, and maybe even a donkey munching away on the grasses in an archaeological site.

It’s normal, but on this day there were people everywhere, all bent over and picking something. Curious, we asked this woman, who was filling her skirt with little green shoots, what everyone was gathering. Spinach. Wild, baby spinach. She was very excited about it. She and her daughter had picked quite a bit. We chatted for a few minutes, but the call of the spinach got to her and she went right back to work, giving us a friendly wave goodbye.


25 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #75

  1. Lovely shot that works well in black and white.
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  2. The Wandering Wanderluster

    Wonderful photo. I love black and whites they capture portraits better than color.
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  3. I love the shot! Details on her face are mesmerizing…bravooo et cheers :)

  4. Sofia

    I love this photo. She reminds me of my Aunt; a great cook, a hugger, a good person, but is really strict to everything, like almost everything. I love her so much! :) And this is a great shot.

  5. That’s so intriguing! I’m too shy to talk to locals and so I always end up wondering what they are up to. This picture is beautiful and love the spinach story :)
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  6. Van

    Black and white photography is definitely difficult and I’ve never really tried it but you did an amazing job there, Corinne! I love the portrait! And generally I enjoy portraits of people from another culture. I usually concentrate on pictures from landscapes and architecture but I’d be glad if I ever manage to take such a great portrait on my travels!!

  7. Jay

    What an amazing photo. I like how you captured her with a little smile and the shadow on her face. It’s very eye catching and a very calming photo.
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  8. Gorgeous capture, i love the smile and the details of the portrait. Also the photo is better presented in black and white with all those textures.
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  9. Marysia, Thanks for having us on Friday Lens Affair, and thanks for the compliments everyone!
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  10. Meagan

    I love this! I’m usually not crazy about shadows on the face, but I love the detail from her head wrap on her face. Lovely photo!
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  11. I loved the monochrome capture. Beautiful.
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  12. Becky Padmore

    Very effective shot, nice work :-)
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  13. This is such a great character shot and story. Great work.
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  14. Elena

    Fantastic picture! My boyfriend likes shooting on B&W film and the portraits look particularly great this way.
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