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Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique From time to time its been suggested that RFF have a mentor Photography help section in terms of Technique - how to shoot this or that. 1st of all I had to find someone whose work I really like. 2ndly that photog had to be willing help others. That's the catch: so many excellent photogs just are not wiling to make the time for that, or just as likely, simply don't give a damn about helping others. SimonSawSunlight is an excellent up and coming photog whose work seems to go well beyond his 24 years.

You can view Simon's work at http://www.simonbephotography.com/  and www.facebook.com/simonbphotography Simon has been published in in FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), LFI (Leica Fotografie International) and more recently in Radiate Magazine. He also recently had a large solo-exhibition in Berlin. Not too Shabby! So, let us begin this adventure and see where it goes. Thank for taking this on Simon!


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Old 06-08-2014   #1
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istanbul dissection II

...some pictures may need context, or maybe they don't. if they do, feel free to ask.

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Old 06-08-2014   #2
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Thanks for sharing this series, Simon. There's (as always) an ever present mix of dynamic approaches dependant on the subject matter.

I've already seen and loved the final image on this page via your Flickr stream. Very admirable piece of reporting - it certainly provides a feeling of access to otherwise seemingly inaccessible situations to most.

Can't wait to see more.
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As they stand, these appear to be meaningless snapshots.

Perhaps adding captions to give them a context? For example, what are the signs held up by the man and the woman saying? Why is the pigeon tied up? Who are the people, in what appears to be a living room, and what are they discussing?
Meaningless snapshots?

I think that is a poor & harsh turn of phrase. Ergo, all images without text that are candid are "meaningless snapshots"?

Not everyone needs to be spoon fed all of the answers all of the time. Indeed, some of use like a few questions. It makes us think a little more.
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To SEE these scenes, to compose like you did and to snap in the perfect moment makes your pictures anything else than meaningless snapshots. The pictures start the imagination
machinery in my head and once again Im stunned by your eye!
When I dont understand why you took a special photo, I like to come back and look again until the mystery is solved.
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Great shots! I love Istanbul and your photos show different characters of the beautiful city!
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I think sometimes the backstory of an image pops the magic bubble a good image exists in. These are really strong stand alone images Simon, really very good.
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Great shots Simon, as usual I in a state of amazement with your eye for things out of the ordinary, and Istanbul brings it out even more. Keep it up.
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Excellent. One of my all-time favorite series!

No context required, and any suggestion otherwise is ... meaningless!
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Great, evocative photos, Simon. Thanks.
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I like the whole set, but especially the 2nd from the last. Is that the Bosphorus in the background, that separates Europe from Asia? Very compelling image, and well done.

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I like the whole set, but especially the 2nd from the last. Is that the Bosphorus in the background, that separates Europe from Asia? Very compelling image, and well done.

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thanks! yes, it is the black sea end of the bosphorus (europe to the left, asia to the right), with the construction site of the third bridge in the background, which is a really really stupid idea, as a lot of erdoğan's political "prestige" projects...
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I love the first shot, and the wild street dancing.
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Sejanus actually did You a favour with his snarkiness
I quite like those 2 words for the 'Title'....... Meaningless Snapshots: Istanbul ( finish the Title how You deem Fit )
Their far from meaningless yet the simplicity and silliness of those two Words draws my Curiosity in

much prefer it to your Original title which I find too heady for my Taste .... just my 2 stinkin cents, and please don't let it ruffle your Feathers
Its just my POV...

As for the Photos,
I Adore shots 4 ,5, 8, 9, 14 .... Plays True to your Style & Form

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Sejanus actually did You a favour with his snarkiness
I quite like those 2 words for the 'Title'....... Meaningless Snapshots: Istanbul ( finish the Title how You deem Fit )
Their far from meaningless yet the simplicity and silliness of those two Words draws my Curiosity in

much prefer it to your Original title which I find too heady for my Taste .... just my 2 stinkin cents, and please don't let it ruffle your Feathers
Its just my POV...

As for the Photos,
I Adore shots 4 ,5, 8, 9, 14 .... Plays True to your Style & Form

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thank you very much helen, and no worries, my feathers are quite hard to ruffle as far as such things are concerned.
...and in a way, they all are "meaningless snapshots" and that's ok.
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Some time ago I've made this picture of Anadolu-Kavagi. On your pictures I see that they are making a new bridge at the north end of the Bosporus.

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Some time ago I've made this picture of Anadolu-Kavagi. On your pictures I see that they are making a new bridge at the north end of the Bosporus.

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yes, because they are idiots... that's a nice picture, i wish it would still look that way...
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Like all things creative, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For me, I love the entire series, Simon. I like how you "see" things. And, like Sejanus, the questions provoke a longer look at the images to try and decipher my own take/story for the image. Well done!!
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Every time I look at the boy climbing the metal railings (#7), it makes me wince.

My favourite? #13.

Thank you for sharing, Simon.
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yes, because they are idiots... that's a nice picture, i wish it would still look that way...
I agree, it is one of the most impressive views on the Bosphorus.

So much has been destroyed in Istanbul since the sixties.

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Beautiful images, well picked Simon. no explanations/captions needed. Good photos should stand on their own without words and all of these do.
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Alas, I find myself cast, on occassion, as the little boy asking why the Emperor is naked or, perhaps, as the slave holding the laurels above the victor and whispering "Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!".

I think it's a reaction to the ridiculous levels of hero worship sometimes found around here.
... the little boy didn't notice the heroic sartorial aspects of the Taksim square thing then?

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As they stand, these appear to be meaningless snapshots.

Perhaps adding captions to give them a context? For example, what are the signs held up by the man and the woman saying? Why is the pigeon tied up? Who are the people, in what appears to be a living room, and what are they discussing?
Here is the translations of the signs held up by the man and woman

They kill. Kids shouldn't go to buying bread.
Don't send your children to buy bread. They might get shot.

These are possibly taken on the anniversary of Elvin Berkan's killing by Turkish police on the way to a local shop to buy bread. The killing took place during the Gezi protests last year. He was only 14.
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Really like #8. The separation of the man playing the instrument is well done considering how dark it appears. Wow the heat got turned up on this thread pretty quickly.
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Simon, I've been looking through your portfolio and some of these photographs are very nice. I really hope you get to do more project based work in the future, I think the photos are so strong individually but perhaps they'd be even better if they were edited into distinct bodies of images as in a photo essay like your Istanbul protest work.

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My two cents: Simon makes a mistake in thinking that 'everyone' knows what is going on in Turkey/Istanbul. Most people don't. This said, I find it an interesting set of pictures. Some, where people show placards with a text, may need some clarifications, either in the introduction of a series, or individually.
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It's great work, Simon, as always. I, too, like finding the meaning in pictures for myself.
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the very nice pictures are enough for me.
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For some reason the photo that intrigues me the most is the one of the pigeon on a string -- that's a story.
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The mystery of the pigeon on a string. On Sundays, some distance from the usual tourist haunts, they hold an outdoor pigeon market, homing pigeons, tumblers, and such. The sellers will test fly the bird for a prospective buyer, they tie a string to its leg, launch it and it flies into the air, only to be hauled back by the string. This one apparently landed back on the ground instead of being caught. A great place to wander with a camera.
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# 9 is my favorite. You got it
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