I recently joined a digital photography club. We started with 3 of us but now we are down to 2 as the other member has left for another job. So now the 2 of us go out regularly to photograph our surroundings and to encourage each other to get the best out of our digital cameras. My partner in crime as it were has a super digital SLR and I have a small pocket sized Olympus.
Our first exercise was to take some sunset photos using a tripod (or not)
the wild fennel plants – about 5 feet tall – make wonderful silhouettes
the following week we went to Turgutreis market, one of the largest markets in the area where you can buy almost anything: nargile water pipes
mobile telephone pouches
good luck ornaments which nearly always incorporate a blue bead for protection against the evil eye. I am not sure how Dutch clogs got to be considered good luck symbols and there’s no accounting for taste!
you can find these blue beads everywhere – on houses, in cars, as jewellery, etc.
hand crocheted edging for headscarves
handmade dolls. The expression “where did you get that hat” springs to mind
a glass of tea from the tea man
homemade jams and marmelades with their proud producer
dried red chillies by the stringfull
nuts and raisins
sweets galore – that weekend signalled the end of Ramadan and was going to be celebrated by the “sugar holiday” when children go round collecting sweets from the neighbours
strings of cinammon, cloves and a few nazar beads for good luck. I think the other spice is dried ginger.
old turkmen beaded decorations
dried sunflower seed heads
and zucchini flowers
altogether a feast for the senses.