Two Men Drinking Tea, Istanbul, 2019

I’ve gotten the first rolls of film from my recent trip developed – all of them from Istanbul, Turkey.  When I get film developed, I am always interested in seeing the results that I got.  However, with the first rolls of film from a foreign trip, there’s also the concern of what the x-rays machines did, and my film had to go through twice at the airport in Istanbul and once in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, but the film appears to have survived – perhaps thanks in part to the heavy lead bags that I keep them in.
(On this trip, there were more than the usual x-ray machines to deal with, as all four countries that I visited required luggage to go through when entering the country.  Fortunately, I got my film hand checked at the airports in Istanbul and Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and at the land crossings into Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.  The same went for entering the airports in Istanbul and in Turkmenistan.)
As for the photos on the film, I am happy with the results, from what I can see from the negatives on the lightbox.  I’ve only just begun to scan them, so here’s one of my favorites for you.  I was walking in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, heading from Taksim Square down to the Galata Tower, when I came upon these two fine gentlemen drinking tea.  I loved the whole look of the scene, with the fanciful mural on the wall behind them, so I just had to ask if I could photograph them.  Thankfully, they agreed.
Stay tuned for more.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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