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No Hassle!

By AlanBW
This is the final upload of my series of shots taken in Turkey, although the occasional additional one might appear in the future. It is also my last upload in 2006 as we will be flying to Thailand in a few days and won't return until January.

The image above was taken on our final morning in Marmaris and we were up and about early to have another look at the old quarter. Turkish shopkeepers and street vendors can sometimes be persistent and even aggressive in their efforts to make you buy from them, but this was early on a Sunday morning and they hadn't got into their stride, so we had a peaceful and pleasant stroll. The shopkeeper above didn't even look up from his Sunday newspaper and we were able to browse in his establishment unhindered. We actually wanted to purchase an item and had to disturb his reading in order to make the transaction!

A polite refusal was usually sufficient to ward off the more aggressive traders, but on one occasion when I was being pestered by a jeweller in the busy, bustling bazaar I replied, 'My friend, I have no interest in jewellery unless I have to pay for it - and I have told my wife that today she is not buying'. It took a few seconds for this to sink in, then he laughed. We laughed too and he didn't bother us again, even though he spotted us on a few more occasions.

There was a bar / restaurant on Marmaris harbour that traded on the maxim of No Hassle and whereas some nearby establishments were quite boistrous in their approach, this one simply let people read the bar tariff and menu unhindered. It definitely worked; they got a lot of custom, including ours.

Thanks for your interest in the series of shots from Turkey. Your comments have been much appreciated.

Wishing everyone on EPZ a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous and successful 2007.

Tags: Travel General Man Candid People Turkey Shopkeeper Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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Savvouri 15 3 Cyprus
4 Dec 2006 8:16AM
Wonderful shot! I like his sexy trousers!!
arnieg 17 704 England
4 Dec 2006 8:39AM
superb candid shot with interest in theb/ground
Possum 15 148 England
4 Dec 2006 8:46AM
Your images convey not only the people but also their surroundings and culture, and the goods for sale here make this one particularly interesting.
Wishing you and Tricia a safe trip and a happy festive season.
Gecko 15 25 Australia
4 Dec 2006 9:09AM
Obviously not a good trading day. Do love his trousers, great candid shot. Pam
4 Dec 2006 9:10AM
This is a great shot, plenty for the eyes to do, and I love his sexy trousers too. helen
CaroleA 15 5 3 England
4 Dec 2006 9:25AM
Once again a great travel candid, enhanced no end by your commentary. I love to read these travelogues, especially as you seem to have visited lots of places that I have.

Looking forward to your return to EPZ in the New Year: wishing you also "a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous and successful 2007."

jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
4 Dec 2006 9:44AM
Another great candid shot Alan with the usual very interesting supporting story. Well done. CLIK,

PS. Have a great time in Thailand
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
4 Dec 2006 9:57AM
a great capture

sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 10:05AM
amazing amount of detail in this shot alan, impressive photography, well done.

Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
4 Dec 2006 10:46AM
A real slice of life....incredible details. Have a happy and safe holiday in Thailand. I'm sure we'll see some interesting candids in the New Year.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
4 Dec 2006 11:03AM
A great image of a Turkish shop and Keeper . Reminds me of when I was trying to buy a bracelet for my grand daughter . I had the Tour guide with me . I went out of the shop and the tour guide went off I beseeched him to return , he said I was doing OK on my own!! The shopkeeper rushed out and let me have it for half the price xx
hebdens 16 5
4 Dec 2006 11:14AM
nice candid shot.
otter 15
4 Dec 2006 11:29AM
really nice shot, love your work.
sputnki 17 10 Canada
4 Dec 2006 11:37AM
Happy trails to you two, I'm sure you'll have a blast in Thailand!

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
4 Dec 2006 11:47AM
excellent...looking forward to your Thai photos

franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 12:09PM
Excellent image Alan, and a good story to go with it.

4 Dec 2006 12:11PM
You always portray the scene so well Alan, enjoyed the write up too, he must have known you meant what you said, well taken, Adrian
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 12:14PM
Excellent candid shot,brilliant photography and great colours.

KKmoments 15 12 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 12:48PM
Great candid and brilliant colours.. so much to look at.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday and look forward to your Thai uploads on your return Smile
Happy Christmas & 2007 to you and your family

Karen Smile
petra16 15 169 Scotland
4 Dec 2006 1:07PM
I love the way you capture your images and I look forward to seeing the pictures that you post in 2007 have a wonderful holiday and all the best for 2007

DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
4 Dec 2006 2:59PM
A lovely image to leave with us.
I love those crazy trousers.
Hope you have a wonderful time in Thailand, & look forward to your return, with many beautiful photo's to upload.
Take care....
Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year to you & yours.
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 3:03PM
brilliant.. so laid back.. hope you have a wondeful time in thailand..
happy christmas to you n yours
bun xxxxx
oh and a happy new year too xx
Sezz 16 619 15 England
4 Dec 2006 3:49PM
Well taken Alan, lots to look at here, thanks for the info. Enjoy your trip and have a great Christmas!

Sez Smile
canongirl08 16 18 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 4:19PM
Excellent candid capture Alan!
Have a happy and safe trip! Have a great christmas!All the best for the new year
Rock 19 10 2 England
4 Dec 2006 4:51PM
You and youe Wife have a Very Happy Christmas and A Glad New Year.
I shall look forward to all the "Grab Shots" on your return
jamil 16 4 Scotland
4 Dec 2006 4:53PM
Super capture.Good eye.
clivebo 15 16
4 Dec 2006 4:56PM
Nice shot
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
4 Dec 2006 5:09PM
Another fine candid capture Alan, like the colours and detail in this one. He looks really engrossed in his paper and totally oblivious to what's going on around him. Hope you and Tricia have a super Christmas and New Year in Thailand, look forward to more of your candid camera work in the new year best wishes for 2007, Ed
vonny 15
4 Dec 2006 5:51PM
Great shot, love the description as always .
Wishing you both a very happy christmas
trissie 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 5:57PM
An excellent candid capture Alan,lots of detail and well taken.Enjoy your break in Thailand and have a very Happy Christmas and New Year.Pleased to be 30.

Trish x
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
4 Dec 2006 6:09PM
It is so simple, yet so full of colour and detail. Have a great time on your trip and bring us back lots of great shots of you can. Thailand is a very scenic place in many spots.

Malc_V 15 England
4 Dec 2006 6:21PM
Brilliant shot Alan, excellent detail.

Have a good flight on the 9th, hope you and Tricia have a great holiday.

Best wishes

Malc and Diem.
evelen 16 5 England
4 Dec 2006 6:52PM
great capture , turky is a wonderful place to take pictures enjoyed looking at them ,have agood time in thailand look forward to the shots you will take there .i am going on a cruisearownd the med and istanbul in april looking forward to it. eve.
GeorgeSamuel 16 18
4 Dec 2006 7:01PM
Nice shot Alan

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 8:30PM
hi alan good clear crisp shot - hope u enjoy your hols look forward to ur pics.
anthhope 16 1 England
4 Dec 2006 8:33PM
Well caught Alan !!
Pegon 16 78 1 England
4 Dec 2006 8:55PM
Good candid Alan. Have a great trip. All The Best for Christmas and New Year.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
4 Dec 2006 9:00PM
Good candid shot, have a great time in Thailand
John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
4 Dec 2006 9:28PM
Another nicely observed candid shot Alan (your speciality!). Enjoy your trip to Thailand and I'm sure you'll come back with lots of interesting photographs. All the best for Christmas and the New Year. John
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 10:07PM
There is a lot of interest in this shot Alan, and I enjoyed reading your description. I suspect the bar you mentioned would get my business too. Have a good xmas and a wonderful time in Thailand.

DP_Imagery 17 24 6 Wales
4 Dec 2006 11:23PM
Wonderful candid - love the setting and the way you've caught the guy's concentration. Bruce
JimV 15 6 3 Canada
5 Dec 2006 12:53AM
Almost with sadness realizing this is the last in your Turkey series. Another great candid that conveys more than the simple image, and wonderfully described.
Hope you have a great visit in Thailand and that we can expect a Thai series in 2007.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year (we've had our first snowfall today!)
Regards, Jim
chrissd 16 304 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 6:14AM
excellent series matey, what a great one it has been, congrats to you
TommyStr 15 9 3 Norway
5 Dec 2006 6:18AM
My kind of subject, nice capture. Have a good trip
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 22 Wales
5 Dec 2006 6:50AM
Great series and anothe super candid shot.Well done Alan.
backbeat Plus
15 134 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 7:32AM
full of detail...well done

5 Dec 2006 8:51AM
Another wonderful candid street type capture Alan - your Turkish series has been very enjoyable

15 13 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 9:33AM
You are the master of the candid image Alan, lovely.
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
5 Dec 2006 9:52AM
First of all, LOVED reading your description.

Second, BRILLIANT candid, Alan!!! So full of colour and details and patterns and 'feel'.

Love it.

Have a great time in Thailand!

Andrew Smile
dionne 17 29 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 10:10AM
Excellent shot full of detail that tells a story!
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
5 Dec 2006 10:33AM
He just takes it ieasy. lol
Good candid.
tuhin 15
5 Dec 2006 11:20AM
RobinF 15 83 1 England
5 Dec 2006 11:52AM
Relaxed shopkeeper Alan! Great candid, have a great trip! - regards Robin
5 Dec 2006 3:41PM
a great capture once again..have a wonderful vacation and holidays...

daffydill56 18 190 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 6:02PM
Another great candid Alan, well done.

I would like to thank you for your support.And also wish you a safe journey, and hope you have a Very Happy Christmas, and Prosperous New Year.


kitsch 15 439 4 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 6:59PM
great candid Smile

know just what you mean about the hassling and sleeve tuggin vendors, was in Bodrum last year and spent most of shopping time avoiding being dragged into places lol
then again most were pretty harmless and we did enjoy the whole expereince Smile
rhiw_com 15 24
5 Dec 2006 7:05PM
Another wonderful candid street shot Alan, love the detail. And your account as always is brilliant.

Rg Tony
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
5 Dec 2006 7:21PM
Interesting educative and descriptional work, Alan
Thank you for your comments.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2006 8:09PM
Love all the things in the shop: good detail on these. Good study of the owner. Hope all goes well for your trip.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Thanks for sharing.
jakcie 15 8 Ireland
5 Dec 2006 8:48PM
this is lovely street live photo Alan.

Best Regards

Gaz_H 15 150 1 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2006 12:24AM
Great street scene Alan, and even better story.
6 Dec 2006 3:28AM
very nice candid shot. well done.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
6 Dec 2006 3:37AM
Have a great trip and see you back in 2007! Nice shot, Spot on! Click!!!

ronss 15 1.2k Canada
6 Dec 2006 5:46AM
First, the morning paper. Then, life. Wonderful shot. Travel safely.
Chriscj 15 96 1 England
6 Dec 2006 9:56AM
Classic candid. Have a good xmas too.

A Booth 19 11 4 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2006 11:03AM
excellent candid with good colour and detail.
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
6 Dec 2006 11:05AM
Great shot to end the year on Alan.
I wish you and your wife a Merry Christmas,have a great holiday ,see you on site in the new year.

BigK 16 8
6 Dec 2006 11:52AM
Composure is spot on and nice colours.

ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2006 2:09PM
a super capture Alan, have a great time in Thailand,
CecilyC 16
6 Dec 2006 6:38PM
I recognize this image so well from all our trips to the Mediterranean! nice capture!

danbrann 17 640 17
6 Dec 2006 7:54PM
Enjoy the trip and have a happy and healthy 2007. Thanks for sharing Turkey.
JohnDyer Plus
15 80 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2006 9:22PM
a superb charactor shot
joseph 15 England
6 Dec 2006 9:35PM
Great candid shot..So much detail. Safe journey...Safe return. Click.
VNelson 16 3 United States
6 Dec 2006 10:33PM
What a fascinating candid shot...surprised they don't ask you for money if they spot you snapping a pic.

LisaRose 15 172 4 United States
7 Dec 2006 7:10AM
Great candid shot, love it.

incognito 17 75
7 Dec 2006 8:16AM
Good shot - well captured

PLCimagery 15 78 1 England
7 Dec 2006 10:23AM
another good candid
Djemde 18 1 Tuvalu
7 Dec 2006 8:51PM
Love it, super work as always!
7 Dec 2006 10:48PM
Excellent candid image.
georg 16 4 South Africa
8 Dec 2006 8:30AM
all is already said. "ditto"
panda 17 5 1 England
8 Dec 2006 3:45PM
An excellent image to leave with us Alan, have a great time in Thailand you lucky beggar, and look forward to your return.

Regards Phil
jimbo75 15
8 Dec 2006 5:07PM
Nice one Alan - you don't have time to unpack your cases - seasons greetings
KingArthur 15 8 Malta
8 Dec 2006 5:32PM
Splendid candid work Alan, lovely shot.

Enjoy it.

DaisyD50 15 3
8 Dec 2006 7:52PM
Wow, super candid shot!!! The background is also great!! Very nice camera work!!
10 Dec 2006 8:49AM
wow gorgouse colours and great detail

kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
10 Dec 2006 12:00PM
a great street scene
The_Collector 15 4 1 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2006 12:57PM
Nice candid, did you tell him he was coming undone!

beriah 15 1 Canada
14 Dec 2006 3:26PM
Amazing colour and detail - so much to look at - have a great Christmas and holiday!!
Great candid as usual - would stand out even more with a bit of saturation to bring out the detailed, colourful background.

Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
15 Dec 2006 9:39AM
Loads going on in this wonderful clourful candid.Have a wonderful xmas
davidbailie 18 457 7 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2006 12:24PM
Like this - great detail with strong point of focus
19 Dec 2006 10:07AM
Great work Alan!

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
21 Dec 2006 9:19AM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thank you for your comments and support in 2006!
MickS 16 23 14 England
24 Dec 2006 1:44PM
Watcha Alan,
Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year to you and yours.
24 Dec 2006 6:06PM
Great detail and character study.
Have a great holiday season.
Regards, Kent
Aurora 17 3 England
27 Dec 2006 10:11AM
A wonderful candid shot, so typical of the area. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Thailand and all the best to you and yours for 2007.
28 Dec 2006 6:02PM
Great candid shot and wonderful story to go with it. Happy New Year!
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2007 5:03PM
Another great candid image Alan Happy New year.

AnthonyR 15 5 Wales
5 Jan 2007 1:03PM
An excellent photo, an opportunity well spotted and taken.

electricsoup 15 30 England
6 Jan 2007 9:16PM
good portrait
Nice detail, Alan....So much to look at and great colours as well!

Hoping you and your family had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.....

Suzan Smile
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 11:34PM
all been said Alan, well done mate
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
8 Jan 2007 3:22PM
Razor sharp detail and unusual trousers ! Nice one Alan.

thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
8 Jan 2007 4:05PM
Hi Alan,
A really excellent image and i love the way he is reading the paper and his trousers,the carpets and detail all around him.Absolutely wonderful image.
Take care.AnnSmile
DaisyD50 15 3
8 Jan 2007 5:16PM
Amazing shot!! Great composition. And the background wonderful, gives the photo a beautiful atmosphere. Very well done!
GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
8 Jan 2007 10:07PM
Beautiful and colourful shot...I like it.

angelamary 16 6 England
9 Jan 2007 11:57AM
Like the cool but 'polite' trousers! Lovely candid shot. Well caught!
Portknockie 17 48 Scotland
10 Jan 2007 8:43PM
Thanks Alan ..and the same to you and yours..

mikesavage 19 299 2 England
19 Jan 2007 12:13AM
Good candid & a very detailed image too. Click!
KathyR 17 Canada
31 Jan 2007 12:23AM
Really enjoyed browsing through your portfolio, especially enjoyed your candid shots of Turkey. We visited Istanbul, Izmir and Ephesus 2 years ago and these shots brought back lots of memories. Thanks for sharing them.
4 Sep 2007 10:37AM
cool image. i like the title you gave this photo i think it works well with it .
AlanBW 15 20 England
4 Sep 2007 6:12PM
Cheers Lisa, very much appreciated - Alan

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