April 15, 2014

Two Different Lives

Photograph by Merve Ates, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was traveling between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, Turkey, by ferry," says Your Shot contributor Merve Ates. "I was sitting on seats outside, accompanied on my journey by seagulls. The boy on the right was sitting next to me. I was listening to the screaming of the seagulls and smelling the sea air and taking several shots but also waiting for a particularly interesting moment, and suddenly I noticed the window reflection. It seemed like the man and the boy were sitting side by side. In reality, the old man was reading the Koran, while the young boy had a worried look on his face (maybe about his future—who knows?). Two separate lives, together in the same frame."

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109 comments
Perez Luis
Perez Luis

Photo is captured so beautifully from a different angle. Amazing click.

Aneesh Kumar
Aneesh Kumar

you are more concentrate in this picture,,,,wow its Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kubai Koigi
Kubai Koigi

A the reflection makes the photo seem as a double exposure photograph.


Alejandro I. Soto
Alejandro I. Soto

This truly is a great photograph. It reminds us of how we aspire to achieve all things with youth on our side. It also confirms that in with the passage of time we acquire wisdom accepting that ultimately our lives are in God's hands. Excellent shot!

D. Ruiz
D. Ruiz

Incredible. I love this picture. Well done =]

Shannon T
Shannon T

It seems like the young man is the memory of the old man. Excellent photo.

kai fig
kai fig

I love this photo so much. It captures the essence of two separate souls in one similar world of emotions. beautiful

Efkan Kumaş
Efkan Kumaş

very nice shot Mrs. Ates.. ( insan temalı fotoğraflar üzerinde çalışmayı seviyosun anlaşılan, tebrikler Merve ;)

Kurt Filek
Kurt Filek

Two lives, two generations. There is a story here worth wondering about.
Good photo.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Awesome theme of the pic !! 

But seems to be 2 super-imposed pics.... considering that the wooden part of the window frame can neither reflect nor be transparent , as it seems to be doing in this pic. 

Ahmed Mgahd
Ahmed Mgahd

Wonderful ...........................

Aristides dos Santos
Aristides dos Santos

The Best photo of all the times in  2014.

Infinities LIKES.............................. 


Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Reflections of the mind. A picture of a thousand words. Ones imagination can span a lifetime here between the young and the old - past and present. One of the best photos on this " Photo Of The Day".

ahg sun
ahg sun

this world and other world

Beaulieu Jean-Pierre
Beaulieu Jean-Pierre

Wow, it look like a spirits images, it can be us, the past the future, the questions and the regrets, the input and the output, the desire and the confirmation.

Kent Shiraishi
Kent Shiraishi

I can feel the story from this picture.Excellent!
Congrats!

Richard Weldon
Richard Weldon

GREAT SHOWS THE OLDER AND THE YOUNGER  WITH THEIR OWN THOUGHTS

Hiroshi Sato
Hiroshi Sato

Is it just me who somehow saw resemblance between the boy and the man? My imagination is they are identical; Memories of his youth suddenly flash back to an old man while reading a book. Vividly he sees himself looking down, sitting by the handrail. Smell of seawater. Seagulls. Wind. He now remembers everything.

Christina Franco
Christina Franco

I really love the story this photo tells.  It's so compelling I'd read whatever book it accompanied.

Sasha P.
Sasha P.

Best photo I've seen in a long time.   Whimsical, beautiful.

Suzi Pratt
Suzi Pratt

I love this photo so much! Fantastic shot.

Carol Stack
Carol Stack

The old and the young spiritual reflection.

Enis Bulca
Enis Bulca

I find layers upon layers every time I look at it! The turmoiled part of the waves troubling the young man outside is reflected upon the chest of the old man who is supposed to be calm and wise. The journey has not ended yet and the solace sought through the years is now searched for in the holy texts. Amazing my friend!

Jean Cushman
Jean Cushman

Man reading, traveling, reflecting, amazing.

Fatima Sayed
Fatima Sayed

@Madhumita Pal the window was probably 2 panels, one on the inside and one on the outside with a wooden piece running through the middle 

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