Photographer's Note

I couldn' t decide which photo to post, the b&w or the coloured one ( ***SEE WORKSHOP*** ), so I asked Korkut's ( bostankorkulugu ) opinion and he went for b&w.

This photo was taken on a day trip we and our wives had to Adalar (="Islands" in Turkish) a group of small islands in the sea of Marmara, called "Πριγκηπονήσια" ("Pringiponisia"="Prince's Islands") in Greek. Four of them, Kinaliada ("Πρώτη"="Proti", in greek), Burgazada ("Αντιγόνη"="Antigoni"), Heybeliada ("Χάλκη"="Xalki") and Buyukada ("Πρίγκηπος"="Pringipos") are inhabited. For some centuries, and until some decades ago, the majority of their populations was of greek origins, but now few of them are left. Anyway, we saw a lot of greeks there, because our stay to Istanbul (in general), coincided with the Orthodox Easter, a holiday for greeks, who visited by thousands Constantinoupoli, or simply "Poli", Istanbul in greek, that is. Some of them also visited the Prince's Islands.

Korkut came up with the story. That this was a greek lady, looking at the old photos on a cafe, close to Agios Georgios Orthodox Monastery ("Μονή Αγίου Γεωργίου" in Greek, "Aya Yorgi" in turkish) in Pringipos island, looking with nostalgia for her ancestors' house, back in the days when the greek presence was still strong on these small islands and Istanbul, in general. I don't know if his imagination went too far, but the lady was greek allright, after a while we heard her talking in greek with her parents, telling them about the great hospitality of the Turks.

Istanbul-2010 Cultural Capital of Europe

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