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Old Prison

Old Prison
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Copyright: gurkan akcakir (izmirli) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1448 W: 0 N: 1276] (17370)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-11
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/2.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-19 4:48
Viewed: 1884
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Points: 38
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In the morning we begin our stroll through Sinop in the footsteps of Diogenes and the Amazons. Our first stop is the Sinop Museum. Exhibited here are pre-historic and classical artifacts, collections of carpets and manuscripts, and Byzantine icons.
Leaving the museum we proceed to the Balatlar Church. Built in the Byzantine period, this church is famous for its colorful frescoes, most of which are on the interior. Not far from the church, the Alaaddin Mosque was commissioned by the famous Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubad.
Pleasantly nonplussed by skipping timelessly from the Byzantine to the Seljuk period, our eyes alight suddenly on a large stone building on our right, painted a wistful yellow color. This is the notorious Sinop Prison whose fame surely emanates from these lines by the 20th century Turkish writer Sabahattin Ali: “Outside the wild waves / Come to lick the walls / These sounds will distract you / Pay no heed, my heart, pay no heed.” But its reputation was further enhanced by other ‘guests’ such as Refik Halit Karay, Burhan Felek, Kerim Korcan, Zekeriya Sertel and a host of other prominent Turkish literary and political figures. The prison, actually built as a fortress, was originally constructed by a native Sumerian tribe. It was subsequently enlarged by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuks and the Ottomans. The Sinop citadel gazes down on the sea and is protected by walls too delicate for a penal institution. In the 1970’s it ceased to be a prison and was turned over to the Ministry of Culture.

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Selam Üstad,
İnsan zihinde bu kadar olumsuzluklar çağrıştıran hapishane de bile güzellikler görebilmek ancak sanatçı olmakla olası.
Renk doygunluğu, duygu yüklü eskimiş duvarlar, bence günün fotoğrafı, izninizle favorilerime ekliyorum.
Umarım ilk yazma onuru benim olur...
Selahattin E

You've tried to "beautify" this gruesome place.
To be honest,I wouldn't like to live through the lives of any of this ex-prison ex-prisoner's life.

Merhaba Gürkan Bey

eski ve ahşap binayı, çok renkli ve canlı çekmişsiniz. Adeta ölü binaya hayat vermişsiniz.



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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-07-19 7:15]

merhaba Gürkan bey...
Ne kadar güzel renk ve detay çalışması, günüş görmeyen yerlerin durumu, güzel bir detay çalışması nostaljik bir görünüm...selamlar

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-07-19 7:56]


quel graphisem sur cette façade avec ces couleurs délabrées, de toute beauté.

Bravo et amitié


Merhaba Dostum
Sinop eski cezaevinin harika taş dokusu,nefis
renk gecişleri harika komposizyon,
Ellerine saglık Arkadaşım.

Hello Gurkan,
The colors in this scene are just vibrant and beautiful. Details and sharpness are also good. Looks like a good place to stroll and observe. Greetings! Danilo

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-07-19 10:10]

Definitely the most colorful prison I've ever saw :) although I haven't actually seen many. I like the cheerful colors, a picture that leaps out of the gallery. It's nice to see that this building has continued to be useful in new ways. TFS and have a happy day!

You have captured a real moment and history in your picture. I simply love such like pictures.

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2008-07-19 12:28]

Hi Gurkan,

Beautiful share.
The ruins look great with the colourful nature in the shot.
All the best.


Merhaba Üstad,
Mükemmel bir renk ve doku çalışması.Detaylat ve perspektif harika.Elinize sağlık.


Merhabalar Gürkan Bey,
siz bunu hep yapıyorsunuz,
binalardaki, duvarlardaki güzellikleri bulup çıkarıyorsunuz,
bu kadar bu kadar olur; yıpranmış bir bina ve duvarları ancak bu kadar güzel görüntülanebilir,
ellerinize, emeğinize, gözlerinize sağlık,
:) yarın

  • jazmin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 815 W: 57 N: 311] (12)
  • [2008-07-20 3:41]

Hi, Gurkan!

Interesting and special shot, excellent quality.


Merhaba Gürkan Bey,
Renkler muhteşem Elinize sağlık.

Bonjour Gurkan
Tout ce mélange de couleurs rend le lieu très photogénique.Un joli tableau photographique.
Bonne journée.

Hi Gurkan,
This must just be an ordinary scene. However, the way you captured the image made the scene look very interesting. The color scheme here is visually appealing complimented by the old rustic walls. Well composed ... excellent work! tfs

Gurkan Hi, my friend:
You have presented a very colorful image full of details and clarity. Wonderful educational note, as always, thanks.
Congratulation, your composiiton is impressively done.

Very nice--I like how nature has reclaimed this building.

Hi gürkan..nicely composed shot..great colors and details.,


Lieu étrange qui me rappelle un célèbre film des années 1980...Midnight express!!!

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