Saturday, June 8, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
|Taksim Meydanı, June 1st: Smoke rising from Gezi Parkı— PeF|
|Taksim Meydanı, June 1st: A shower of tear gas canister shot by the police— szaza|
|Taksim Meydanı, June 1st: Protesters— szaza|
|Taksim Meydanı, June 1st: Protesters— PeF|
|Gezi Parkı, June 2nd: Children at the playground— PeF|
|Beşiktaş Meydanı, June 3rd: Police gathering behind Barbaros statue— PeF|
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
|Police gassing protestors in Talimhane, by szaza|
For the past three days, people have gathered in Gezi Parkı in Taksim to protest the removal of trees for the massive construction project that the government begun last fall. The plan to turn one of the area's last green spaces into a shopping mall, moved people to peacefully occupy the park. In response, police have attacked protestors with tear gas and water cannons, injuring many, hospitalizing some. I do not know the exact figures, nevertheless, when I came home from work today, my neighbourhood looked like a war zone. Unarmed citizens are being gassed, sprayed point-blank in the face with chemicals, and assaulted by high-pressured water cannons. They even gassed the metro.
|Police gassing protestors in Talimhane, by PeF|
I tell you, it's madness outside. This evening, a few hundred of us were squeezed into the little hotel-lined streets, which were littered with broken glass, teargas canisters, and pieces of plywood. Fires were set, barricades erected, and the police, silhouetted figures in the orange smoky air, shot gas every other minute at us. A smoking canister bounced off the pavement and hit my left knee, while my right foot received a direct hit. The pain was intense, but then I felt the burning.
|Protestors, by PeF|
|Protester with eye-soothing solution, by PeF|
|Protestors clapping and singing, by PeF|
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Earlier this month me and Samantha were invited by Karala(ma) to join them in Şanlıurfa for a sketching weekend. The possibility to visit this part of the country which was unknown to me, and as a bonus, to see and sketch at Göbekli Tepe were too good to pass by. Here are a few of the sketches from this wonderful weekend.
|Göbekli Tepe, sketched between heavy showers (who knew it would rain so much in May..?)|
|Hippocampus-centaur carving inside a cave, sculpted when Şanlıurfa was Edessa (outside, more rain)|
|Fountain next to a mosque, on the backstreets of Şanlıurfa (no rain this time)|
Monday, May 27, 2013
I have visited Manolo Valdes (1942) exhibition in Pera Museum, Istanbul yesterday and did some quick sketches of some of his monumental sculptures made of bronze an wood. He is one of the most famous contemporary pop-artists of Spain and in addition to sculptures, he is working on big size canvasas and using mixed media, especially fabrics with incredible colors and paint (maybe some epoxy as well) creating an appealing texture. Than during drinking coffee in a narrow street on Istiklal Avn. I have drawn the buildings seen.