Since leaving the town of Çanakkale we have traveled to Assos, near the Greek island of Lesbos. The difference between Istanbul and Assos is extraordinary… my bitter feelings towards Turkey and this culture have been totally flipped. In Assos, our group stayed in a “motel” on the beach, so close I could taste the salt in my mouth every morning I woke up. After gaining a solid sunburn, and great hospitality of the assumed family that ran the motel, I decided I never wanted to leave.
Sadly, no more photos to post… I have been shooting about three rolls of 35mm color film a day, and last night I finally dragged out the Rolleiflex and I’ve gotten through about 3 rolls since then. The pace of this trip doesn’t necessarily allow for me to actively use the medium format camera, so it’s nice for downtime.
I’ve had more interaction with women lately, which is reassuring. Even if we can’t communicate there is a certain amount of connection through eye contact and facial expressions. I’ve trained myself to be more selective with who I make eye contact with, and when I smile. Photographing people is easier with a language barrier too, which I wouldn’t have guessed.
Tomorrow the group will visit more sites and a museum… the normal routine. I like the in between time the most though :)