The Girl On The Ferry

The commuter crowd was pushing forward towards the gang plank to catch the six o’clock ferry to Kadikoy, shuffling a few steps at a time in the chill January air, it hadn’t started to rain yet but within the hour it would.

In the crowd just to my right and a few steps in front I caught sight of the girl’s profile, that kind of face in a crowd that draws your attention and your gaze lingers a moment longer than perhaps it should.

The photographer’s eye is always twitching, alert for incoming light, shape or form, a habit that never switches off and perhaps only other photographers understand.

I climb the steps to the upper deck and there she was again, the crowd and headed inside for the warmth but she sat alone with her thoughts, framed by the ambient glow, a canvas complete.JNW_0124

She didn’t seem to notice me make the picture, my discretion paramount, as a street photographer I don’t like to be sneaky, I don’t like to intrude, just to record the scene, there is always good reason and intention.

It was 6.03 pm on the 13th January 2010 and seconds later the scene had changed and the ferry was cutting through the Bosporus swell.

I was very leased with the resulting image, one of my favorite Istanbul street photographs, I am not one for clever captions so this was known simply as “The Girl on the Ferry”

Then serendipity strikes yet again, some nine years after the image was made and shared several times on my social media pages, The Girl on the Ferry sent me a message; Hey that’s me in the picture.

I read the message with trepidation, please don’t hate the picture I kept thinking, with a contented sigh of relief she loved the picture.67091979_368318880544834_4125586687927517184_n

Then in June almost a decade later we met in an Istanbul coffee shop where I presented her with the printed image, The Girl on the Ferry is Eda and she’s an artist.

See also Istanbul Street Photographer, A Social Media Story

Istanbul street photography now features heavily on my Instagram Feed

A massive thank you to my friends who have just bought me coffee via this brilliant idea Buy Me A Coffee

Bloggers who are amazing-Thank you:

Tracy Abell    The Moments Between   Rutakintome Pictures

65 thoughts on “The Girl On The Ferry

  1. I love taking pictures of people ( or rather pictures with people in )- my family reckon I will be arrested one day.. but to wait for people to leave so you can get a picture of scenery is to miss recording real life. How great your lady was so pleased you had recorded a moment of her life.

  2. Bear R Humphreys

    I do love this and the stories, both implied in the shot itself and in reality afterwards.

    I would like to do more of people and storytelling photography myself but do find it difficult to get over the (possibly imaginary) conflict that may arise from being ‘caught out’ and taken for some pervert or having some surveillance purposes in these times of heightened fears.

    It must be harder now than it was. Or perhaps, with everyone expecting to be surrounded by people using cameras on phones etc, for their own social media purposes, it’s actually less feared than I think?

    Anyway, great picture!

    1. Thank you.
      Yes I know exactly what you mean.
      There are ways of dealing with this and going about things in a certain way. Just takes a little time and patients to find the right approach I think.

  3. It’s always a moment of panic when someone “finds” themselves (nearly always pointed out by someone who knows them!) on your Instagram etc! Glad this one turned out ok. Great capture.

  4. Ann Mackay

    What a cool way to meet – glad she liked the picture. It’s amazing how connections can be made by such unlikely chances. 🙂

  5. What a beautiful image. I love the contrast of not only light and dark, but of hues – her red hair and the reddish railing against the blueish fog of the background. Stunning!

  6. Wonderful photo and story. It’s great that you were able to meet — and of course, an artist would understand the photographer’s impulse. Thanks for visiting my blog and your like on today’s post. I look forward to exploring more of your work.

  7. Great photo and wonderful story! This habit you mention–“a habit that never switches off and perhaps only other photographers understand”–is a gift, the gift of seeing and catching the moment. It lasts a lifetime… Thanks for sharing your gift, John.

  8. Absolutely love this bit of wonder and beauty you’ve introduced to my morning by way of your gorgeous process story!!! Thank you for sharing this
    Thank you Lia for those inspiring words-it’s my pleasure
    Good luck with the weft Untangling the Weft

  9. What a fabulous story, I know all too well that feeling of trepidation in attempting the candid shots, however I have also learned to ask for photos more recently.

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