Old Man and His Dreams

Ilker Goksen

Joined April 2010

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This photograph was taken in a coffee house in a small town located on the slopes of Taurus mountains that stretches along the southern Turkey. Coffee houses are very common in Turkey. They are usually places where old and retired men go and sit all day long without any sense of time or care in the world drinking Turkish coffee or black tea and smoking cigarettes. Inside, they are usually covered with a thick smoke cloud and smell of black tea brew that fills your lungs the moment you step in.

So during our trip with a group of photographer friends, we stopped by this village for a short break and were welcomed by the people sitting in that coffee house. As we sat down to rest for a few minutes, we had the opportunity to have conversation with some of the local people. The guy in the photograph told me that he lived in that town all his life. He is a farmer and has land and some farm animals which earns him his family’s living. Also, he seemed quite proud while telling me that he has a daughter attending a university in a city on the south of Turkey. Somewhere in the conversation, I grabbed my camera to take a few photos of him. When he saw my camera, he said if I was going to photograph him, I have to photograph while he is smoking.

My website: www.ilkergoksen.com

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