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Fethiye: Tuesday market

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Fethiye (23 August 2011) – Not even a heat index that reaches 34 degrees could stop the big market that takes place every Tuesday in Fethiye, a city in the south-western corner of Turkey. This market is very popular and you can see a lot of tourists mixed with the local people.

The “vegetarian” part of the market is extremely colorful, with thousands of different fragrances. This is the area where you won’t see so many foreigner, but only people who are really interested in shopping and who, like me, just wants to annoy, pointing the lens in the face of the unlucky traders.

I have already been several times in Fethiye, and I remembered this place exactly like this, a piece of heaven, from my point of view: heat wave, boiling sea water, the usual tourist’ trinkets, but with “human” prices, if I consider what it means being a tourist in Italy, for instance.

Unfortunately, I won’t stay here too long, I’m just passing by, and I’m looking with envy all the tourists who have to get by from a daily trip to the 12 islands and an excursion to the Butterfly Valley. Not to mention the wonderful Marina, with many sailing boats, which will always have a special place in my heart.

I don’t know if I have to say goodbye forever to this place or whether, as always, I will come back again. But in the meantime I want to remember Fethiye in this way.

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23/08/2011 at 3:11 pm

3 Picture Story – Kurdish Community Centre

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For this assignment I decided to document the activities that take place in the “Kurdish Community Center” in North London. Most of the Kurds, in this community, comes from Turkey. They were really open and friendly and they totally understood my purpose.

My idea is to investigate their double identity: how they consider themselves and their life. Kurdish people who lives in Turkey are trapped in a country that hardly recognize their features and therefore they are often forced to emigrate in other countries to find a better life. Despite this, they love their homeland.

March will be a month particularly important for the Kurdish community, since they will celebrate the Newroz. According to the legend, the holiday is in remembrance of the deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant. This is another way of demonstrating support for the Kurdish cause and for their own identity as well. Newroz usually take place the 21st of March and coincides with the spring equinox.

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Kurdish mother tongue celebration day, 21st of February – Waiting for the beginning of the celebration

Kurdish mother tongue celebration day, 21st of February – Musician plays the saz, a typical Turkish instrument

Kurdish women rehearse their traditional songs for the International Women’s Day, 8th March.

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25/02/2011 at 1:18 am

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