Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tesvikiye Mosque (Teşvikiye Camii)

Teşvikiye Camii, Tesvikiye Mosque, Nişantaşı-Şişli, İstanbul, pentax kx

Teşvikiye Camii, Tesvikiye Mosque, Nişantaşı-Şişli, İstanbul, pentax kx

Shopping Festival 2011

Istanbul Shopping festival 2011, Nişantaşı, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Istanbul Shopping festival 2011, Nişantaşı, İstanbul, pentax k10d

first days of shopping festival :)

Cemil Uylukcu , launch meeting of PROWES (Profound Wing Chun Escrima System)

Sifu Cemi Uylukcu

Sifu Cemi Uylukcu

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Sifu Cemil UYLUKCU

Sifu Cemil UYLUKCU

 

Dear esteemed Si-fu and my dear students,

First of all I should make it clear that this will be the most difficult speech and letter of my life. I will try my best to express and explain some stuff which pushes me under great stress and takes my mind away especially during the last few months when I am away from Turkey. I am already aware that the things which I will explain will not be totally understood, at least for now. All I want is that you should listen to my speech even if you do not like it. My purpose is not motivating somebody for something, is only to express myself and my position. I think I should explain the result of the struggle against myself up to now, firstly to you honestly, to whom I feel responsible about everything. Continue reading

shadows of museum

istanbul archeolohy musem, pentax k10d

istanbul archeolohy musem, pentax k10d

waiting for summer …

Haliç, Golden Horn, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Haliç, Golden Horn, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Bala Süleymanağa Külliyesi, Kocamustafapasa

Bala Süleyman Ağa Külliyesi, Kocamustafapaşa, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Bala Süleyman Ağa Külliyesi, Kocamustafapaşa, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Free society without free journalism

Taksim, 13.march

Taksim, 13.march

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Taksim, 13.march

Taksim, 13.march

At this late hour
on this autumn night
I am filled with your words.
Eternal
like time like matter
Naked
like an eye
Heavy
like a hand
Words which sparkle
like stars.
Your words came to me
from your heart
your head
your body
Your words delivered you
mother
woman
comrade
Your words were sad
they were bitter
hopeful
heroic
Your words were human.

 

Nazim Hikmet “for Piraye”

 

Freedom of speech …

Istanbul, Taksim, pentax kx

Istanbul, Taksim, pentax kx

 

Thousands of Turkish journalists supported by activists marched from Galatasaray Square to Taksim Square in Istanbul. They demanded the release of arrested colleagues and better protection for press freedom in Turkey.

istanbul, turkey

istanbul, turkey

I’ll be publishing  more photos from this demonstration at my turkish blog özgür mutfak .  for this blog I’ll select some portrait works only for this event.

 

Maybe I don’t have a “poetic soul” What can I do ?

Women s day celebrations, istanbul kadikoy

Women s day celebrations, istanbul kadikoy

Regarding Art

Sometimes, I, too, tell the ah’s
of my heart one by one
like the blood-red beads
of a ruby rosary strung
on strands of golden hair!

But my
poetry’s muse
takes to the air
on wings made of steel
like the I-beams
of my suspension bridges!
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Remembering you is good, your hand forgotten upon a blue dress

Women's day celebrations, Istanbul-Kadikoy, pentax k10d

Women's day celebrations, Istanbul-Kadikoy, pentax k10d

 

Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O’Clock Poems)

Remembering you is good
in prison
amid the news
of victory and death
as my fortieth year passes…

Remembering you is good
your hand
forgotten upon a blue dress
your hair
with the grave softness
of the earth of my beloved Istanbul.
This joy of loving you
is like a second person inside me…
The smell of geranium leaves
on your fingertips
warm and comforting
The invitation of your flesh
a hot
intense darkness
scored by vivid red lines…
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