The Tesbih Traders – Istanbul

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Oil Painting

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There was an article in The Age newspaper (Melbourne) Travel section just before we went to Turkey. It had a story about The Old Book Bazaar in Istanbul. When we were there,clutching the article, we went in search of what sounded a very intriguing place. Toward the end of the days’ adventures, we stumbled upon it, next to the Grand Bazaar, a tiny sign leading us up some stairs to The Old Book Bazaar. We found the stall where the photo had been taken and gave the article to the shopkeeper, he was delighted. Whilst wandering around we found a passage that led us to a courtyard beside a mosque. Here men were trading Tesbih beads (prayer beads). I caught this scene on my camera and have changed the lighting for the painting, making the man in the centre the focal point.

Inspiration from Istanbul, Turkey

Author: gwendoline  |  Category: Oil Painting
Study of a Man, Old Book Bazaar, Istanbul

Study of a Man, Old Book Bazaar, Istanbul

This was done from one of my photos from a recent trip to Turkey. I just loved the glow of his shirt in the sunlight.