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It’s spring here in Lesvos and a great time to hop on a boat and visit our nearest neighbour, Turkey. Three boats leave from the port at Mytilene at 9am for Ayvalik. The journey takes 1.5 hours unless you take the fast boat which gets you there in 30 minutes. You need to book the fast boat as it fills up quickly. The boats return at 6pm leaving you enough time to shop, eat and explore. Last Thursday we took some friends who were staying with us in Lesvos. We love showing friends around a place that is so dear to us. Thursday is market day and is our favourite day to visit. Market day is always lively and delicious produce is in abundance.  The Turkish people are gentle and warm. This week I was draw to the women. I’d like to thank the ones I photographed they were so open to me and the lens of my camera. Here I share with you their beauty. I also want to share some delicious produce and fantastic colours and patterns.Enjoy!

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I love the combinations of pattern and colour worn by this Turkish beauty. She is so relaxed in front of my lens and has such a beautiful open face. 

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The local produce is so fresh and  displayed  creatively, the bright colours of the fruit are reflected in the fabrics worn by  local women.

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Umbrellas and sheeting cover the fruit and vegetables protecting them from the strong sunlight. Sometimes this casts a hue that accentuates the colours of the fresh produce. I love the dappled light that falls randomly.

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Everyone has something to sell and there is something for everyone. Beautiful smiling faces are commonplace.

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Children are adored by friends, family and relatives. This little girl has the most amazing green eyes. Simple brushes are placed perfectly.

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Such beauty in this face that stares straight at me.  I love her style the way she has wrapped her head and neck in fabric and the wilting herbs tucked in the folds of the fabric.

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More beautiful carnations and this sweet little face.

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There are patterns everywhere I look. They even cover the tables in the cafes.

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Delicious warm freshly baked biscuits covered in sesame seeds must be eaten, yum.

 

Recently my goddaughter asked me if I found it easy to ask strangers if I could take their photographs. I had to admit I am still really self conscious when it comes to photographing people. I actually find the initial approach scary. I feel sensitive towards my chosen subject and also feel responsible for capturing the essence of them in my shots. When I approach people who I don’t know I am always amazed at how open they are to having their photo taken. I can honestly say that it’s rare that someone says no to me. No is fine and to be respected. When yes is the response I love  the fleeting relationship between me and my new friend. I always feel elated after having taken the snap and sharing a few words with the person or people in front of me. Language is never a barrier if you are warm and relaxed, and that’s also when you get the best result. I shared this with Grace and then suggested we sit down and watch the Bill Cunningham documentary, very inspirational. Thank you everyone who has said yes to me and given me your time whether it be 30 seconds or 2 hours. Below are a few faces who happily said yes.

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This man was not phased at all by my lens copyright Claire Lloyd

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These two were definitely on for a photo copyright Claire Lloyd

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A little self-conscious but obliging never the less copyright Claire Lloyd

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 This gentleman was my favourite. He was so excited I had asked him that he beamed, it was worth it just to see the pleasure in his eyes copyright Claire Lloyd

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I snuck in from the side on this one. This lovely couple had asked someone to take their photo with their camera. I thought she was particularly beautiful and there was lots of love there copyright Claire Lloyd

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He looks exhausted by life but became quite animated when we talked about Australia copyright Claire Lloyd

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This guy was very keen to be photographed he actually asked me and then proudly placed himself in the doorway of his shop copyright Claire Lloyd

 

I have just arrived back from a sailing holiday in Turkey. It was bliss! The weather was perfect, deep blue skies to match the deep blue sea. I travelled with two of my Greek girlfriends by car to Marina Marti. We took a boat from Mytilene to Ayvalik and then drove down past Marmaris to meet an old mate, the captain. The captain was the first photographer I worked with when I arrived in London. We were joined by another friend on day 3 which let us off the hook from our boating responsibilities. This allowed us time for more serious things such as sunbathing. What I loved about this trip was the light heartedness of everyone. It was fantastic to laugh. A whole week of laughing is the best therapy in the world. It made me think of how many times we forget our humor, we leave it some where else. We take our lives so seriously. Sometimes it’s great just to forget all the stuff that makes us feel heavy and find time for fun and frivolity. Thank you Captain John for sharing your boat and your humor and thank you Mel, Elpida and Maria for the dancing, the laughing, and for a fabulous week.

IMG_1271 Wild donkeys grazing on the shore.

IMG_1280 The Aegean meets the Mediterranean, perfect clouds.

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IMG_1237 The ropes of the Heller West.

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IMG_1267 Loving the light on the rocks.

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IMG_3270 In the middle of the sea I jumped into this deep blue water. The rope was thrown in, just in case.

IMG_3272 A Red Ensign sunset.

IMG_3295 Sail against the sky shot from sun bathing position.

IMG_3296 The mast agaist the sky still from sunbathing position.

IMG_3299 Sunset in Marina Marti.

IMG_3301 Morning light in Marina Marti.

IMG_1269 Gentle splash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another trip to Ayvalik and every sense is stimulated.

 

 

 

 

 

My very first stop on my day trips from Lesvos to Ayvalik is Cafe Le Petit. This little cafe seves the most delicious breakfast in town. I always make the same choice and am never disappointed and the portions are perfect. Breakfast for me is a combination of sweet and savory, tasty cheese, walnuts, olives, cucumber, dried tomatoes, green pepper, preseved fruit, figs and plums, olive oil with rosmary and lightly toasted bread. There are delicious herbal teas, Turkish coffee and fresh orange juice too. All presented with a warm Turkish smile. I hope to be back there soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The all white girl has had to succumb to colour, but how could she possibly resist? On my last trip to Turkey I found myself drawn to colour and texture, it was very exciting. My latest book My Greek Island Home was the start of my new love for colour. I hope you enjoy my documentation of the colours and textures of Turkey as much as I enjoyed photographing them.

 

 

 

 

 

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A couple extra shots from Turkey.

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TURKEY16 I love getting on the boat in Mytilene and crossing the Aegean sea to Ayvalik. I went again yesterday it was another day trip and again not long enough. Next time I am staying overnight, there is just so much to enjoy there and I always come back inspired.

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