This was taken in the village of Bekiruşağı, in Malatya, Turkey. Since I visited in the fall, the house was deserted, like many of the nearby houses belonging to Turkish families who now live in Europe and only return for summer vacations. The bike was a very recent purchase of my host, who just before this picture was taken had used it to transport four of us on a rather harrowing ride from the village center to his house.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/9, 1/30 sec.
An old house in the village of Kurecik, Malatya, Turkey. In a region where it’s still not hard to find abandoned church buildings a century or two old, the arches over these windows belie an architectural tradition older and higher than a square stone Turkish village house might normally be expected to reflect.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-400, f/11, 1/200 sec.
With this post and the next one, I want to highlight a village architectural tradition that’s easy to notice in the Cappadocian villages in central Turkey. This door in the town of Avanos features a typical corner detail that provides great framing for the colorful paints used throughout the town.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/11, 1/160 sec.
Departing from the theme here a little bit because this is not really Anatolia. It’s not actually Turkey either – this picture was taken on the Greek island of Castellorizo, just off the Turkish coast, which the Turks call Meis. The town and especially the harbor are beautiful – this view looks down the harbor street on the left side. Still, when we visited in early May it was a ghost town and before noon not a single cafe was open. All to be found on the streets was a few fisherman and some lonely blue Greek architecture.
Departing from the Anatolian theme here a bit: Castellorizo (or Meis to the Turks) is a tiny Greek island sitting just a few miles off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. I found these flowers growing against a whitewashed stone wall a couple of streets back from the harbor. The texture, randomly enough, is a closeup of a page from an old Jewish hymnbook I found in a desk somewhere.