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Old Apr 8, 2008, 4:34 PM   #1
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Can't believe I almost missed the deadline!!

Below is the Clocktower in Konak Square built in 1901 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ottoman emperor Abdulhamit II's enthroning. The clock itself is present from the German emperor Wilhelm II.

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 5:59 PM   #3
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Nicely done, Bahadir. I have noticed on many of the photos posted, a major difference between "then" and "now" is BW and color. Back when a lot of the historic shots were taken, color film wasn't available.

One has to overlook the color and look for changes in the composition and the subject. These buildings look well preserved. It appears that the square is now off limits to vechicular traffic which, in my opinion is great. Back then, there wasn't enough traffic to worry about it!

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Old Apr 8, 2008, 7:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for your valuable remarks, Cal. As you keenly noticed, the square,where you can alwayssee many peoplein everyseason, has long been (wisely!) closed to vehicle traffic : )
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Very nice. I can see that the tree in front of the building has lost it's leaves in the second color shot.
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Old Apr 9, 2008, 5:28 AM   #6
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bill.guenthner wrote:
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Very nice. I can see that the tree in front of the building has lost it's leaves in the second color shot.
You've got the eye Yea, I actually wanted to emphasize the activity thereregardless of changing seasons as well as centuries...
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Hi Bahadir

These are great photos of surely an interesting place. I'm glad to read (and of course agree with you entirely) that it was a wise move to close this square off to vehicle traffic.

The B&W photo really does give a good "historical" feel, not only with the b&w, but also the old cars in the foreground. They look very much the part for that era... 1901 (I take it you didn't take the first photo).

I like both the colour photos... and don't think I would have noticed the different seasons (tree lost its leaves) unless someone else pointed it out.

Very nice.

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Dear Paul, happy to read your kind words of appreciation

Btw, bornin 1903, itwas Cemal Yakış, one of the first photographers of theTurkish Republic, who took thephotograph #1in late 1920's..
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