Old wooden barns and houses in Beverly, West Virginia. Beverly is a small town that was the site of several battles in the American Civil War during the 1860’s.
Detail of the Sultanahmet Mosque, or Blue Mosque, in Istanbul.
Che Guevara is a popular figure among certain groups in Turkey, especially political leftists and Kurdish nationalists (there’s a lot of overlap between the two). College students pattern their hair styles after his and his words are quoted in young adult literature. So it’s natural to run across his picture on a visit to the southeast, as here where he guards the door of a souvenir shop in Gaziantep’s downtown market area. Che is joined here, in a thought-provoking tableau, by Ali the nephew of the prophet of Islam, and Ataturk the founder of the Turkish Republic.
View from the castle in Ankara’s center.
A seed and spice seller sits behind his shop door in Ankara, Turkey.
School children prepare to perform a dance under a banner depicting Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey.
All state holidays in Turkey are marked by elementary school programs featuring various groups of children singing, reading poems, or performing dances (both modern and traditional). This first-grade class (including my son, who is not technically Turkish) delivered a spirited rendition of several folk songs and anthems in praise of Ataturk.
An out of use train car at the station in Belington, West Virginia.