Best Street Photo project
For centuries, Anatolian towns have hosted county fairs called â€śPanayÄ±râ€ť, held once or twice a year. These gatherings follow the harvest, bringing people of all ages together for small-stake gambling, animal trading, and winter shopping at the amusement park. As a child, I fondly remember a fair in an Aegean town, where I was captivated. I eagerly rode a go-kart-like vehicle in a dusty field for just 3 minutes. Despite dwindling numbers, this timeless world of traditional games and amusements, along with its lively atmosphere, has endured for centuries. Fairground owners and horse traders, primarily of Romani origin, travel from fair to fair, residing in tents and caravans. Games like spinning the wheel of fortune, hoop tossing for a packet of cigarettes, or earning 100 TL with 2 penalty shots are popular, some with their own little tricks. In my early 50s, I aimed to join this game with my photography, visiting county fairs primarily in the western part of Turkey, especially in the Aegean and Marmara regions, some of which have been established for over a century. I tried to take part in this â€śplayâ€ť at the fairs with my photographs and see what is beyond the obvious.
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