The village of Derinkuyu in Turkey is known to tourists as the site of one of several underground cities in Cappadocia. The soft volcanic rock in the region was easily carved into caves by residents from Hittite times until the 20th century.
But the rock was also ideal for ornate decorative carving. A large stone Armenian church stands less than a hundred yards from the entrance to Derinkuyu’s underground city, deserted today in the center of a grassy field. When I wandered up to the door on a windy day, these three school children – the oldest still in her blue uniform – came running up, eager to show me the sights, ride their tricycles around me in circles and see how they looked in the back of my camera.
In Turkey, it can be hard to separate yesterday from today.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/100 sec.