Constantinople’s Beautiful Days During Multilingual Empire

A photo of Istanbul from the last days of Ottoman Empire. A bakery shop in Ortakoy. Name of the shop is written in 6 languages: Turkish, Armenian, Greek, English, Russian, and Hebrew….

It depicts the multilingual face of the Empire. Contrary to Turkey’s one-language-dictation, it shows there was a language freedom during Ottomans.

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Sadly, most of Ottoman Empire fans in Turkey are severely anti-minority languages. A sign in Kurdish or Laz language may cause a big problem. Shop owner needs to struggle with both laws and public reactions. Even though recent reforms allow more freedom, public pressure, which is called mahalle baskisi (neighborhood pressure) becomes more suffocating.

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City Lights in Istanbul

Right after a sunset, city lights of Istanbul. It was a few months ago, when I was about to leave my city. Following a rainy day, full of loneliness…

City Lights… The lights which hinder us to watch stars during nights…    The lights which make us feel we are lonely at all…

Maybe this kid’s song will be good to complete this post:

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Speaking Walls 3 : Çavên Te

Car caran çavên te 
Car caran jî bablîsok 
Min dikujin….speaking wall

Sometimes your eyes… 
Sometimes hurricane…

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Place: Galata, Istanbul

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Coming Soon; Istanbul’s New Ugly Occupiers

geliyorlarIstanbul’s new items are appearing on horizon. They are coming. And, they will never go back. Istanbul’s face will change second by second..geliyorlar2

For the news about this ugly buildings: here

 

Behind the Gate; the Occupiers

Kapının ArdıPlace: the Grand Entrance of Dolmabahce Palace, ‘the Gate of Sultan’

On Background some moder-century materials grow up to sky…

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Behind Riots in Istanbul – 1

I like anarchist creativity. In case of riots, tons of such creative works come into existance. Taksim Gezi Park Riots also was a rich happening. There were many inspiring art works in the area of riots. Some of them was graffiti, some of them was quotes, and some of them was only a creative solution just like this one in below:1

Here is a Mask of Anonymous, which serves the water… And on background a girl is smoking. Maybe that also adds a harmony to photo…

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Taksim And Wire Fence

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There should be a lyric to verse, right now… A poem full of freedom cries….

Photo;  May 9, 2013…. (by Dogania)

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Natural and Unnatural Colors

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Here is Taksim Square, where a big riot occured last days. I photographed it a few days before beginning of events.(For whom they uaware of this event please look at my previous posts)

The Photo and its Story:

A peddler stuated his stuff on board. And on board, there is the  scheme of the project, which has caused whole this events. I don’t know what to say about this case. maybe it show the real color and unreal colors to us.

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Happy Feets And the Cat

DSC_0006A Photo Story:

A waitor is in front of the restaurant he works. He is enjoying his break from work. He is smoking and his feets are relaxing. And a cat…. What about it? I don’t know. Of course it has a story, too..

Place; Istiklal Street, Taksim, Istanbul.

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In the Haze Walk on My Side

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Walk beside me… If  we walk together, there will be flowers on both sides of us… And suddenly mystic tress will grow up on the path we walk on…  If we walk together everthing around us will sing our song…That song will be a manifest and will be painted on that high walls…

If you come we will procure a secret way into fairy tales… We will live such a life like fairies live…

I will be very very slowly with you to not miss  harmony of the moment…

 

Photo: at Besiktas Dolmabahce, Istanbul. April, 2013.

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