Postcards from Turkey: 30 views over 30 days

It’s not a coincidence that tonight is the eve of Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish.) Ramadan begins the night of the new moon – a date that shifts slightly depending on continent and country. The Muslim world will assume the annual tradition of fasting between sunrise and sunset over the next 30 days. Although few of the people I met during my journey will practice Ramadan, it seems like a fitting moment to help frame my own experience. Taking from that same notion of limiting consumption in order to allow space for contemplation, I am structuring this project on that very practice.

By posting one photo one day at a time over the 30 days of Ramadan, I will highlight a few singular moments with you.  They are the moments where the mundane transforms into something magical.  The dualities and extremities of travel demand one to pause, to focus.  I stepped into history this year, a tumultuous and complex chapter in a religiously politicized Turkey.  Will this upcoming season of reflection prompt them/us to listen to and learn more about ‘the other?’  As a new chapter unfolds in Turkey, I too write my own with these snapshots and experiences: my postcards home.    

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~ by maureenmoore on July 8, 2013.

3 Responses to “Postcards from Turkey: 30 views over 30 days”

  1. Looking forward to seeing your travels through your month of postcards; an ingenious way to share! ~jm

  2. What a unique way to extend your trip with us, thanks!

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