This hatter in Ankara, like basically every other shopkeeper in Turkey, is a proud Kemal Ataturk fan. I guess that’s not enough to keep him from displaying an Ottoman-style fez, outlawed at one point by the great reformer of modern Turkey. At least it’s red so it matches the Turkish flag inside the shop, and as a photographer I appreciate that.
Cleopatra’s Arch in Tarsus dates from Roman times and is supposed to mark the place where the Marc Anthony and the notorious queen first laid eyes on each other. A pretty good pedigree for any structure, but here as many other places in Turkey, the arch takes a back seat to a Turkish flag and the inspiring figure and words of Ataturk.
On the left hand stone, one of Ataturk’s famous quotes: “Turk, plan, work, and trust.” On the right hand stone, and even more inspirationally: “O Turk, son of the future, the power you need is present in the blood in your veins.”
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/13, 1/125 sec.
Not everything in Anatolia’s history is mountain villages and Middle Eastern traditions. In the early 1900’s and the days of Ataturk, Ankara was just beginning to embrace the Western styles of the day prevalent throughout Europe, and especially France. Decades later, Ankara and Turkey now can be, when they want to, as thoroughly modern as anyplace Western Europe has to offer. Meanwhile, recalling the early days, this disused carriage sits outside a cafe down the hill from Ankara’s Museum of Civilizations.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/50 sec.
Overlaid texture: American handwritten family records ca. 1880