Category Archives: Turkey

A Man’s Job

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Mardin, Turkey 2008 A boy waits for a customer in a shop in Mardin, Turkey. Perhaps the man in the upper right corner is his boss who is minding the shop next door. The boy looks bored and unhappy to … Continue reading

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Afternoon on the Bosphorus

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Istanbul, Turkey 2008 Women in chador enjoy the cooling breeze off the Bosphorus.  I love the shape of the chador billowing out. I wonder when the girl will have to wear that enveloping garb. To see another version of this … Continue reading

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A Turkish Woman

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  Istanbul, Turkey 2008 I used Topaz Impressions 2 to get this sketched look. I masked her face because I wanted to show her calm and rather stoic expression. She’s unfazed…used to having her photo taken by tourists. Although she probably lives in … Continue reading

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Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey  sometime in the early 1990’s Cappadocia is an otherworldly landscape. Pinnacles of tufa, resembling giant mushrooms or fairy houses as the Turks call them, dot the area. Larger, castle-like structures once provided homes for families who carved rooms out … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Anatolia

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Turkey, early 1990’s I’m not sure this is Konya but it could be. I’ve never printed this photo before but the scene is a sweet one: two school girls still wearing their pinafore have arrived home. I love the body … Continue reading

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Istanbul Streets

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Istanbul:  in the 90’s In traditional Islamic households, the men do the shopping. The woman might give her man a list but he does the marketing. You could say, “Oh, the poor woman stuck in her house.” Or you could … Continue reading

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Istanbul Neighborhood

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Istanbul sometime in the late 90’s I’ve just finished reading Orhan Pamuk’s latest book, “A Strangeness in My Mind” and the book has caused me to have my own mental “strangeness”. The book tells of a poor man, Mevlut, who sells yogurt and … Continue reading

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Respite

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Kars, Turkey 2008 This man, who seems to be taking a well-earned rest, reminds me of a character in a book I’m  reading: Orhan Pamuk’s latest  “A Strangeness in My Mind”. The story takes place about forty or fifty years ago and is about a man … Continue reading

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Istanbul Neighborhood

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Istanbul Turkey-2008 Old wooden houses painted in pastels lined a neighborhood street near the Kyrie Mosque. Black chador clad women struggled up the steep hills with loaded shopping bags. Pushcarts parked on corners displayed luscious fruits and vegetables. A handsome Kurdish … Continue reading

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Hagia Sophia

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Istanbul 2012 Hagia Sophia, one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in 537 AD.  The great church was the seat of the Orthodox Councils for 900 years before being converted to a mosque and then … Continue reading

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