The Gazipaşa ILk Okulu (primary school) in Mardin, Turkey is housed in a beautiful and well preserved former home in Mardin's central district. The building was built for an Armenian family in 1908 and became a school in 1937.
The building was designed by the Armenian architect Sarkis Elyas Lole, who also
designed and built a number of classic buildings in Mardin. The
school's principal was kind enough to show around the building which
included this view of Mesopotamia.
Not a bad place to study, although recess appeared to be much more popular than the view.
Earlier this year we spent a week or so hanging out with bands that make up the growing Chiang Mai music scene. A summary can be found in today's New York Times Travel Section. For a guy that used to play guitar in college bands this was pretty much a dream assignment. Although as much as I love music this was my first attempt at shooting live music. Still big fun. Here are some shots from the week.
Istanbul's Tarlabasi district, is famous for all the wrong reasons - drugs, prostitution, crime. It seems that nearly every report from the area focuses on these aspects to the point of it nearly being a cliche. Photos of mysterious figures in the shadows, pimps, transvestites smoking cigarettes, and men slinking up to hotel rooms makes one think that's all there is to Tarlabasi.
We spent some time in the neighborhood chatting with residents as we reported on Tarlabasi's Sunday market for Zester Daily and came away with a somewhat different impression.
Sure, the nasty stuff exists, but so too does a sense of neighborhood and community.
It's the kind of place where people know their neighbors and look out for each other.