Pic Of The Week (45/2012) – A Friendly Demonstrator

A huge crowd demonstrated in front of  Istanbul’s central  courthouse on the first day of the Mavi Marmara trial

Gaza Freedom Fleet supporters rally in front of Istanbul courthouse
Bearded activist during an anti-Israel rally in Istanbul

Literally thousands of people followed the call of the Islamic Turkish NGO Humanitarian Relief Fund (IHH) to rally in front of the Palace of Justice in Istanbul on 6 November. A perfectly organized event that was an excellent opportunity for a photo journalist.
After having my share of shots of people chanting anti-Israel slogans and waving flags, I began to look for interesting individuals and found them in abundance. The bearded man, holding a green flag with a Quran verse, was shouting with all the others on the top of his lungs not a minute before. Then he sensed me behind him, turned around and flashed me this perfectly natural and friendly smile. All I had to do was squeeze the shutter button…

Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 24-105 mm L IS USM (@24mm); f/9.0; 1/500; ISO 250