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.
A seed and spice seller sits behind his shop door in Ankara, Turkey.
Antiques and art for sale in Ankara, Turkey.
A painted window shutter at a Christian bookstore in Jerusalem’s old city.
Antique and vintage items displayed in front of a store in Ankara, Turkey.
Pictures of Mary mix with crucifixes and rosaries on a street in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter.
Here’s a man selling a handful of stuffed foxes on the street in Diyarbakir, Turkey.
Midwestern advertising on a funnel cake stand at a small town county fair in Indiana. To bring some international perspective, in most Turkish villages I think there would be no need for the encouragement written on this lady’s apron. One time I went out and visited a village around here with my wife, and the first thing the ladies of the village did was to take her down and weigh her on the grain scale. I guess to see if she was plump enough. No word on the verdict.
Of course in Turkey people don’t have the option of getting plump on corn dogs and funnel cakes. The midwesterners have the advantage there.