Istanbul/ to Belgrade shot on 40-year-old out of date 35mm film & and a close shave with disaster.

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Portrait of Asli, my host in Instanbul.

I travelled through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia on my way back to Scotland after 2 years living in Malaysia. I had $50 to my name when I landed in Istanbul with a group of Journalists who were on their way to Aleppo. I strongly considered joining them and I was invited. All plans were in place for a border crossing with the help of the Rebels, and from inside their territory we would provide media coverage for all the major networks, and the pay would be superb.

I choose not to go, and I'm a lucky boy. Members of the team were kidnapped and years later beheaded live on television by British ISIS fighters.

Moving onto a lighter subject, I spent $10 of my dollars on an old 1981 Zenit SLR and a roll of 35mm film that expired in 1975. Here is every shot I got between Istanbul and Belgrade

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Portrait of Anika, my host in Belgrade.

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Central Memorial Park in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Too Serbian Seniors play an intense game of chess in front of a buzzing crowd in Belgrade.

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Train Station in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Passenger on the local city train in Istanbul.

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Night Market, Istanbul.

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Anja at home in Belgrade.

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Self Portrait of yours truly haha writing a letter to Edinburgh from Anjas kitchen.

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Anja chasing pigeons in the town square of Belgrade.

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Street Art in Belgrade

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Me again in Istanbul.

I hope you enjoyed this collection. I love shooting on film. I rarely use digital anymore except for my animation work and film, but even then if i can i use tape, 16mm or Super 8.

Have a nice day,
Cotton.

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