Somewhere in Anatolia...

Somewhere in Anatolia...

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alexander stefanatos


Premium (World), thessaloniki

Somewhere in Anatolia...

Turkie
Anatolia Cappadocia

In Cappadocia, remote Anatolia, Greek traces still remain plenty and quite evident in towns and villages as their tenants hastily abandonned them and fled away after the Treaty of Lausane(1923) put an end in the war between the two countries, settled their original present borders and imposed an exchange of population. More than a million Greek refugees fled from Turkie to Greece leaving behind thriving jobs and fortunes and taking only bare necessities with them. Descendants of them still take pilgrimage trips looking for remaining traces of their houses often getting friendly welcome by the present tenants Turks and also support in their search.
As my camera was also looking for such traces once, fell upon a small kid that perched on a cut tree trunc looked at me with curiosity but eventually granted me a friendly smile of friendship and acceptance. I knew history in details. He, obviously, knew nothing about conflict or hatred. He had nothing to give me but his smile.I had a small piece of chocolate for him. As we separated in silence I waved at him and he waved back. Not a big deal but in such a simple manner we felt friends....

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  • s. sabine krause 18/11/2015 15:01

    : ) what a great disarmingly genuine, heartwarming and hilariously conspiratorial smile! it involves the whole face, from mouth to sparkling eyes, a sign of the great wordless rapport going on between him and you! beautifully captured, alexander! an irresistibly charming picture! greetings, sabine. p.s:. i'm sure he's practicing to become the best levitator in the village! ; ))
  • Inez Correia Marques 16/11/2015 17:24

    He is sweet, hope he has a good future... at peace.. if we only recognise one another as equal... a wonderful story
  • adriana lissandrini 15/11/2015 23:27

    a delightful scene, magnificent light, excellent b / w
    I love very much the expression of the child
    my compliments Alexander, a magnificent photo!
    caro saluto Adriana
  • Christos Banos 15/11/2015 20:53

    Para poly kali fwtografia!
    Einai xarma ides9ai o pitsirikas etsi opws ton fwtografises! Ekmetaleftikes poly wraia ton fwtismo!
    Polly kali douleia!
    geia sou, Christos
  • Adele Oliver 14/11/2015 21:38

    such an adorable little girl, and wonderful how you captured her sweet expression in front of the impressive stone wall ... great light, beautiful tonality !!!
    greetings, Adele
  • Giampiero Mazzoleni 14/11/2015 15:39

    Un bellissimo ritratto, mi piace molto la luce e il BW, bravo !!
    ciao, Giampi
  • Patricia González Schütz 14/11/2015 11:56

    Very nice shot and narration...nice view of those stones and the child's shy smile.
  • sparkling light 14/11/2015 11:35

    So peaceful. I wish it would be so everywhere.
    Jost
  • SINA 14/11/2015 9:13

    WAS FÜR EIN BERÜHREND SCHÖNES BILD DES KINDES MIT SEINEM SCHEUEN LÄCHELN
    WUNDERSCHÖN LIEBER ALEX
    HAB EIN GUTES WOCHENENDE UND HERZLICHE GRÜSSE VON MIR KRISTINE
  • Harold Thompson 14/11/2015 9:06

    Good interaction with the lad and smile to go with it
    :-)) Harold
  • Franco Uliviero 14/11/2015 8:46

    La foto è particolarmente interessante concentrata nello sguardo di questo ragazzo e nel contesto ambientale fotografato.
    Interessante la rievocazione storica di episodi che sembrano lontani ma vicini per chi ne è stato coinvolto attraverso parenti o amici.
    Ciao Alexandros
  • Sue Thompson 14/11/2015 8:44

    A superb picture and accompanied by a beautiful story of how you met with and mae a friend of this young man. That smile is worth any fortune, great or small, and a smile, like love and friendship, is one of those things that can never ever be taken... it can only ever be given.

    :))
  • Certeau Dominique 14/11/2015 6:32

    Des rencontres sans fard qui laissent des souvenirs.
    Quoi de plus précieux que le sourire d'un enflant.
    J'apprécie le cadrage et le N&B.
    Amitiés.
    DOM.
  • patrick hyrailles 14/11/2015 5:33

    beau cliché bravo
    amitié patrick

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