Gypsies – Marriage Ceremonies & Their Way Of Life

Remembering her childhood
She was 16 years old on the day of her wedding. In her new house she hugged the little bridesmaids and cried. Maybe she thought of herself as a child like in a near past.
Tekirdag – 2007

 

Documentary Photographer Aydin Cetinbostanoglu is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From his project ‘Gypsies‘. To see Aydin’s gallery of projects click on any image.

 

Camping near the Tigris River Gypsy family busy in preparation for dinner. Gypsies living that area speaks local language Kurdish. Batman- 2009

Camping near the Tigris River
Gypsy family busy in preparation for dinner. Gypsies living in the area speak local Kurdish language.
Batman- 2009

 

Wedding photographers Bride's mother and sister are taking memorabilia photos of the bride. Istanbul 2011

Wedding photographers
Bride’s mother and sister are taking memorabilia photos of the bride.
Istanbul – 2011

 

An ordinary day A drunk man is trying to dance on the street on a hot summer day. His friend is supporting him with whistles and hand movement. An audience at the background has closed her face not to see this scene. Tekirdag - 2007

An ordinary day
A drunk man is trying to dance on the street on a hot summer day. His friend is supporting him with whistles and hand movement. An audience at the background bloked her face not to see this scene.
Tekirdag – 2007

 

Gypsies of Turkey
Are the Gypsy people witnessing the destruction of their culture?
My project, called “Gypsies”, began with this question in 1999 and has become my passion.
With an invitation to a friends wedding, I was allowed the opportunity to witness the inside workings of the secretive Gypsy lifestyle.  I soon realized I had a cultural curiosity for the Gypsy life.
I have devoted much time to studying the Gypsy culture and would like to capture not only images, but also verbal dialog as well as traditional Gypsy music to enhance the experience of the viewer.
Gypsies seem to hold on to their freedom, they know how to be content with simple things and the beauty that nature provides. Their close-knit family and community structure provides them with a sense of security.

 

Midnight dancing in front of the community A bride dancing under the colored fog before henna ceremony, members of the community are watching in the darkness behind. Photo was taken in 2007 in Thrace, in a Gypsy neighborhood.

Midnight dancing in front of the community
A bride dancing under the colored fog before henna ceremony, members of the community are watching in the darkness behind.
Gypsy neighborhood in Thrace – 2007

 

Morning conversation in front of the door Gypsy ladies are conversatiing in front of the door in traditional clothes in the morning. Istanbul - 2011

Morning conversation in front of the door
Istanbul – 2011

 

For a longer marriage Bride and groom He has shaving foam on his face and a little money in his hand. They are dancing under a scarf that symbolizes to stay married for a long time. Istanbul - 2007

For a longer marriage
Bride and groom
He has shaving foam on his face and a little money in his hand.
They are dancing under a scarf that symbolizes to stay married for a long time.
Istanbul – 2007

 

A family portrait Istanbul -2011

A family portrait
Istanbul -2011

 

Henna dancing in front of the big city lights Henna night of a gypsy's wedding in the ghetto. Different but exuberant life. Bride is dancing under the henna tray; friends accompany her by singing. Istanbul - 2011

Henna dancing in front of the big city lights
Henna night of a gypsy’s wedding in the ghetto. Different but exuberant life. Bride is dancing under the henna tray; friends accompany her by singing.
Istanbul – 2011

 

Child labor Children participate in family budget. With their small hands they weave straw umbrellas for the beaches, before the staring of the summer. Izmir - 2008

Child labor
Children participate in the family budget. With their small hands they weave straw umbrellas for the beaches, before the staring of the summer.
Izmir – 2008

 

Last meal in her father’s house Beans, rice and bread Waiting for the time of the ceremony with her father and sister. Istanbul - 2011

Last meal in her father’s house
Beans, rice and bread
Bride is waiting for the time of the ceremony with her father and sister.
Istanbul – 2011

 

Festival musician Gypsy musicians harass the guests with flutes in a local festival aiming to get the tips. Bozdogan - 2008

Festival musician
Gypsy musicians harass the guests with flutes in a local festival aiming to get the tips.
Bozdogan – 2008

 

Dancing on the street A barefoot girl is dancing on the street in a trance. Gypsy neighborhood in Istanbul - 1999

Dancing on the street
Gypsy neighborhood in Istanbul – 1999

 

 Walking together towards a new life The groom took the bride from her father’s house. Young girls on the street , are watching the couple pass by walking towards their new home with envy. On the other hand the groom’s sister is very happy , she carry her daughter on her arms. Istanbul - 2011

Walking together towards a new life
The groom took the bride from her father’s house. Young girls on the street , are watching the couple pass by walking towards their new home with envy. On the other hand the groom’s sister is very happy , she carries her daughter in her arms.
Istanbul – 2011

 

See also:

A Syriac Wedding Ceremony

By Aydin Cetinbostanoglu

 


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