The Faces and Places from Turkey exhibit took place in the exhibit space of Lifespan between the two major hospitals in Rhode Island. The following explanatory text accompanied the photographs.
I have selected these photographs for an exhibit in Rhode Island. They show faces and places from Turkey that tourists may not experience. I organized them in groups of three to reflect the character of a few locations, Adana, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Ayvalik, Tire, Sirince, and Safranbolu.
Adana is a city in southern Turkey famous for growing cotton and citrus and textile manufacturing.
Cappadocia lies north of the Taurus Mountains. It attracts many tourists who are treated to a magical vista with many shapes of rock formations known as “fairy chimneys.”
Istanbul is the best-known city in Turkey with its rich history, art, and architecture. The photographs I chose from Istanbul are purposely not the typical, iconic images of the city with minarets.
Ayvalik is a small town on the Aegean coast of Turkey famous for its olive oil groves and high-quality olive oil produced from them.
A little to the south of Ayvalik, about a four-hour drive, is the town of Tire. The villages around Tire gather for a very large market every Tuesday where one can find both the expected and unexpected things for sale.
On the way to Tire, a small detour brings the visitors to a hidden gem, Sirince, which roughly means “charming” and it lives up to its name.
Safranbolu is in the Black Sea region of Turkey and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It displays the architecture of the Ottoman period like a well-preserved time capsule.