Weekly Photo Challenge: BEYOND

This week’s challenge is to find a photo that conveys ‘BEYOND’.  While a photo is being framed around one subject, a subject of equal or greater interest is embraced in the shot, adding depth.  Here is my response:

While walking across the Galata Bridge, connecting one part of Istanbul to another, I happened across a group of about 30 men lined up along the bridge, fishing poles dangling in the water, cigarettes dangling from their mouths,and the day’s catch flapping around in buckets.  I pulled back to take a picture of these rugged-looking fishermen trying to catch the family meal on a damp, gray November morning.  What I didn’t realize, was what I caught BEYOND them, in the background.

 

Fishermen on Galata Bridge, Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque in background

Fishermen on Galata Bridge, Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque in background

 

On closer inspection of another photo, I noticed the fishermen framed by both the Suleymaniye Mosque, and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly referred to as the Blue Mosque.

Fishermen, Galata Bridge Istanbul, Suleymaniye and Blue Mosque in background

Fishermen, Galata Bridge Istanbul, Suleymaniye and Blue Mosque in background

 

I love the juxtaposition at work here, and all over the city of Istanbul…truly a city of East meets West.

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