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February 28, 2001
The photographs below were taken by my father (before I was born) on frozen (and near unfrozen) Lake Arin, using a beat-up Kodak Retina IIc -- which is a rangefinder camera whose lens is pushed out by a bellows. We as a family have managed to hang on to that camera as well as some quirky accessories, and it just occurred to me that it would be cool to pass it on from generation to generation. I wonder what one does to get one's kids interested in photography? There are so many elements vying for their attention nowadays, aren't there? (There was a story in the paper today about how the bean counters of a handful of American conglomerates essentially guide universal youth culture today -- guide it toward their products and the lowest common denominator, that is. I found it hilarious and depressing at the same time...)
For those who can read Turkish, by the way, the Library of Congress here in Washington has a copy of the memoir* that these photos and others appear in. I will eventually include sections from this book in the EYE archive. It's a great study in the art that today we recognize so well: throwing young men and women (specifically in this case, doctors) into a hell you're slowly cultivating. Doesn't look that way from the photos, though, does it?
There's a whole lot more:
* Arin Mektuplari by Oryal Gökdemir.
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The current banner photo is a picture of my father by my mother. And as mentioned above, all the main photos today are by my father.
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