You Never Know

Walking around in one of the cities we visited, I was taking a picture of a mosque when this man walked up to me. With a smile, he spoke to me in Turkish and used hand gestures to try to convey a message to me. I had no idea what he was trying to say! Fortunately, my friend who can understand some Turkish leaned over and said, "He wants you to take a picture of him."

At most moments, I am very happy to take pictures of people, however this time, I was a little uneasy. I had my wide angle lens on--one that I just started to play with and use for the first time--and wide angle lenses kind of make portrait style pictures hard because you have to get pretty close to your subject if you want to fill the frame....which I like to do. :)

I pulled up the lens to my eyes and began to look through the frame. I kept inching towards him, but he didn't notice. In fact, he was so happy to have his photo taken. He proudly stanced himself and looked in a distant area with a slight smile. Because of his happiness, it extinguished all of my concerns and I took his photo. After I took the photo, he asked to look and after doing so, he had a big smile on his face and spoke with our friend in Turkish. 

As he was leaving he said to us, "Adios muchachos!" Which left us very confused--a Turkish man, in Turkey, speaking Spanish to us. :) You just never know what people are going to do!

It made me happy though--in many parts of the world, most people don't get to have their photo taken. It just reminded me again of how all humans have a shared desire to be seen and for their stories and voices to be heard. I didn't get to hear this man's story, but, I think there's a lot to say from this photo.

-Ashley