Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Unexpected

We had read and had been told also that Turkey was a secular country, but the predominant religion was Islam.  As such we expected and experienced a degree of conservatism in dress and behaviours during our two week visit in 2006.  Yet despite this underlying conservatism, we encountered a number of things that surprised us.  Imagine if you can our reaction to seeing this poster mounted prominently on a pole in one of Istanbul’s busiest shopping streets, Istiklal Cadesi.

Cinema Poster, Istanbul, Turkey, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Istanbul is described as the crossroads between the east and the west.  It is an amalgam of modern and old.   For every young woman in the streets wearing up-to-date western fashion, there is probably an equal number wearing traditional conservative Islamic dress.  The modern women are not provocative in their dress, but are as stylish as you would see in Paris or London.  This poster therefore seemed to be an aberration and completely out there. Just one block away from this very fashionable street most of the women had their heads covered with scarves and their arms and legs covered  in the usual Islamic fashion.

2 responses

  1. What an amazing photo Chris and one which superbly illustrates a clashing of popular and moral cultures. Such vibrant colours too!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    • Thank you for your comment. It is interesting how often these types of situations can be observed all over the world. Regards, Chris G

      January 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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