Monday, November 16, 2015

Selfies

I don't have the time or inclination for blogging right now.  I've been busy sewing and have a bit more to do before I'll be ready for Christmas.  But my mind does sometimes wander when I'm sewing.  That's no doubt why I have the odd creation disaster.

Anyway, yesterday I was thinking about the number of people I saw taking selfies and posing for photos when we stopped for a rest when my brother, s-in-law and I were visiting the Tapkapu Palace in Istanbul.

 



I wish this shot wasn't blurry as I was touched by the scene.  The handsome guard had been standing at attention, his face expressionless until this little girl stopped on the other side of the security rope and shyly asked could her photo be taken.  Sometimes you don't need to understand the language to know what's going on.  The guard indicated to her to come beside him, his face softened, he gave a half smile and his hand went across the end of his gun.  The little girl wouldn't go any closer or actually look at him but posed for her parents.  The minute the photo was taken he returned to his 'on duty' stance and didn't look even slightly amused when I went for broke and took another photo of him.  I thought it touching how different his attitude was to a child. 


 Here's another poser!


And always there is someone for whom it is all too much.


16 comments:

  1. Very interesting shots of people and what they are doing. A very nice post.

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  2. This has always been your forté. Grand shots.

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  3. Selfies have one problem -- you no longer get to smile at a stranger and ask him/her to snap a photo for you and make an instant friend for a moment. It takes out that connection.

    Love the scene with the guard.

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  4. Fine series on selfle photography. The one of the little girl and soldier is a great shot. He does look quite softened.

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  5. I do love people photos when traveling and wish that I was braver to take more.

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  6. This is an excellent and thought-evoking series of pictures, Pauline.

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  7. I'm not one to take selfies...so I've not joined that craze....I'll leave it up to the Kardashians! :)

    I hate photos of myself...arrrrgggghhhh....I scare myself so why should I scare others?!!! :)

    People watching is fun, though...and I'm glad you captured some during your watching!

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  8. Great street photography with the theme of selfies. I don't bother with them . I'd rather take others or else ask a stranger to take one of us. When do you go back to Scotland?

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  9. Oh, you for sure got a winner with that one of the guard. I just love it and your story that goes with it.

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  10. It always amuses me to see so many people taking "selfies", especially with "selfie sticks". It's the new craze sadly.
    Great photo of you!!

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  11. loving your travel photos, this one in particular is right up my alley :-)

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  12. LOL! the selfie! we first saw these selfie sticks in Penang last October and now they are everywhere. Have a great week ahead. I have come to your via Redz Australia blog.

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  13. I have decided that I am just too old to appreciate selfies. I'd rather take a shot of the beautiful scenery--that proves I was there. I remember family photos outside, standing with the sun in your eyes so everybody squints and the photos being a bit crooked. My, how life has changed.

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  14. I wish that I had you skills at people photography. Mind you if I'd tried to chat up the soldiers at Fort George I don't think I'd have got the same reaction as you did!

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  15. I've never really gotten into the selfie craze but the selfie stick has become a common sight these days. Some great people photos.

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