Over time, I have collected a few photos that have become my personal favorites for various reasons and I want to share them on my travel blog. Today’s picture is one of those photos and there is a simple reason why I keep looking at it. It sent me a message that I needed to open my eyes as there was beauty in a place that I started to look upon as ugly and embarrassing.
I don’t normally have a problem when I visit a location as my camera is pointed in every direction and I am able to spot beauty in most places that have been written off by mainstream tourism. I could no longer do this though in the small coastal resort of Altinkum. I had become to hate it with a vengeance and despise the very things that lured me to the place within my first three years in Turkey.
Altinkum is my base in Turkey and I use it as a convenient gateway to explore the rest of country. The problem lies with the fact that the more places I visit; the less I love Altinkum. It lacks the vibes and character of traditional Turkey and is a mini version of an English seaside resort with rude t-shirts and bar staff that are able to imitate every English accent ever heard.
Photo From Altinkum : The Lighthouse
Then one day while out and about in Altinkum with the camera, I took this picture and it surprised me. I found beauty in the exact same place that I was experiencing disappointment with. Don’t get me wrong, I am not at the stage where I can recommend Altinkum as a great destination in Turkey to visit. However because of familiarity and being in a comfort zone, I had missed the perfect photo scene that was right on my doorstep all the time.
See more photos from around the country of Turkey here…