Thursday, January 31, 2008

two worlds

İzmir, Çeşme, Ilıca
Ruins of modernism... The huge hotel construction and wind power investments have radically changed this site.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

a day: stolen from summer

İzmir, Çeşme, Boyalık Bay
We spent most of the day outside next to the sea, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. This was like a day stolen from summer.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

waiting for mermaid

Aegean Sea, Çeşme, Boyalık Bay
Tales of mermaids are nearly universal. Various cultures throughout the world have similar figures. The Aegean Sea, it seems, was full of such creatures like mermaids. A popular Greek legend has Alexander the Great's sister, Thessalonike, turn into a mermaid after her death. She lived, it was said, in the Aegean and when sailors would encounter her, she would ask them only one question: "Is Alexander the king alive?", to which the correct answer would be "He lives and still rules". Any other answer would spur her into a rage, where she transformed into a Gorgon and meant doom for the ship and every sailor onboard.

Monday, January 28, 2008

the end?

Photo: Çeşme, Boyalık Bay
I found this colorful but worn luggage by the sea yesterday and couldn't resist creating a self snapshot with it.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Photo: Pasha, my friend's dog
The entrance of an old office building in İzmir. Pasha is waiting for someone to come out of one of the doors.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Photo: Çeşme, Altınkum Plajı (Golden Sand Beach) the shoreline that divides the sea and sand,
I'm a surface ever changing...
from "Morning Sun" lyrics by Carole King

Friday, January 25, 2008


Photo: A fire escape stairway of a modern factory in İzmir.
Quitting the stage of life...
(for C)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

winter beach

Photo: Çeşme, Şantiye Beach
Visiting the sandy shore in winter might provide a new perspective on the beach. Some would say that there is no greater pleasure than to walk a deserted beach on a cold but sunny day in winter.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

always smile at your neighbors - komşularına her zaman gülümse

Horses and horseback riding are deeply woven into the culture and history of Turkey. I noticed this smiling horse at one of the horseback riding clubs of İzmir.
Türk kültürü ve tarihinde atların ve biniciliğin önemli yerleri vardır. Gülümseyen atı, Buca Atlı Spor İhtisas Kulübü'nde görüntüledim.
Thanks to Clarice & Petrea; I am absolutely honored to be a recipient of the "you make my day" award. In this spirit my awards go to;
And to all of others who truly make my day, every day. My day lights up every time I see a comment from somebody.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

framed life - çerçeveli hayat

It was my lucky day to notice and capture that melancholic man during an open-air photo exhibition of a photographer Kutup Dalgakiran held at the famous esplanade "Kordonboyu" over the Gypsy's life themed “The gypsy is spring itself” in Turkey.
Fotoğraf sanatçısı Kutup Dalgakıran'ın Kordonboyu'nda düzenlenen "Çingene bizzat bahardır..." temalı açık hava sergisi sırasında bu melankolik adam kadrajıma takıldı.

Monday, January 21, 2008

passive fishing - pasif balıkçılık

Fishing can be described as active or passive depending on the effort involved. Two retired gentlemen, sharing their passion for fishing in a comfortable way on the famous esplanade in İzmir, known as Kordonboyu.
Balıkçılık, harcanan çabaya göre aktif ya da pasif olarak tanımlanabilir. Kordonboyu'nda iki emekli, avcılık tutkularını en konforlu şekliyle tatmin ediyorlar...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

passerby - yoldan geçen

Ödemiş is another important district of İzmir province. The historical importance of the region is also reflected by the streets of small town of Birgi.
İzmir'in bir başka önemli ilçesi Ödemiş... Yörenin tarihsel önemi, küçük Birgi beldesinin sokaklarına da yansır.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

jetty - iskele

Boyalık Bay in Çeşme is around 5 km long and hosting a beautiful beach.
Yaklaşık 5 kilometre uzunluğundaki Çeşme Boyalık Koyu, harika bir kumsala ev sahipliği yapar.

Friday, January 18, 2008

a smile would make your day!

the beaches in çeşme guarantees endless fun! a genuine enjoyment smile of a boy; no tricks used to make him grin...

I am very touched by the honor of "make my day award". it actually brightened a hectic morning. thanks for the award clarice and more importantly, thanks all for stopping by...

The awards rules are to “give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!"

I will do what is necesarry soon...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

isle - adacık

a view from çesme harbour while boarding on the ferry to chios island...
sakız adasına gitmek üzere feribota binerken çeşme limanından bir görüntü...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

audience - seyirciler

one of my attempts to explore sensation and meaning in movement... the poster in the background is about the soldiers from my city of Izmir who lost their lives during the gallipoli campaign (çanakkale wars), which are one of the most important, vast and significant wars of the history that happened during the first world war.
hareketteki anlamı ve duyguyu keşfetmek için giriştiğim denemelerden biri... arka plandaki panoda görünenler, birinci dünya savaşında, çanakkale savaşları sırasında gelibolu'da muhtemelen şehit düşen izmirli askerler.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

contact - temas

the district of "karaburun" is part of the izmir province. the coasts of the "karaburun" peninsula have beautiful bays and pebble or sand beaches as yet often undiscovered by outsiders.
izmir'e bağlı bir ilçe olan "karaburun" yarımadası sahillerinde keşfedilmemiş harika koylar ve plajlardan biri...

Monday, January 14, 2008

landing - iniş

first day of the year; sky was totally clear, there was a bright moon, seagull was about to land in the water...
izmir'de yılın ilk günü; ayın ışıldadığı gökyüzü tamamen açık ve martı suya inmek üzere...

Sunday, January 13, 2008


"tire" is a district of izmir province. it's one of the largest towns in the area and situated 82 km southeast of izmir. "tire's" long cultural heritage includes periods under the hittites, phrygians, lydians, persians, romans, byzantines and ottomans. the town has an attractive old quarter with many impressive examples of Islamic architecture.
kendi çevresindeki en büyük yerleşim merkezi olan "tire" ilçesi, izmir'in 82 km güneydoğusundadır. "tire'nin" zengin kültürel mirası, hitit, frikya, lidya, pers, roma, bizans ve osmanlı dönemlerini kapsar. ilçe, islam mimarisinin etkileyici bir çok örneklerini barındıran eski mahallesiyle ünlüdür.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

windy morning - rüzgarlı sabah

early morning at the beach of altınkum (goldensand) in çeşme.
sabah erken, çeşme altınkum plajı...

Friday, January 11, 2008

magnetic sea - manyetik deniz

çeşme is a land bordered by the majestic aegean sea and when you reach this beautiful spot even in winter, you can't help but take a plunge into the inviting sea.
yaz, kış fark etmez, görkemli ege denizi ile çevrili çeşme'ye varıldığında, insan davetkar suyun içine dalıvermek ister...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

outing - gezinti

one of the public ferries crisscrossing izmir's bay between the busy residential areas...
izmir körfezinin yoğun yerleşim bölgeleri arasında gidip gelen vapurlardan biri...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

fishing time - av zamanı

fishermen in ılıca; one of the most popular resort area for çeşme, which is a district of izmir.

izmir'in ilçesi çeşme'nin popüler tatil bölgelerinden ılıca'da balıkçılar.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

sunset - günbatımı

experience the famous izmir city sunset...
izmir'in meşhur gün batımı...

Monday, January 7, 2008

lomboz (porthole) bar

"it is a perfect place to get together, enjoy the cocktails and our excellent bar menu while watching the charming beauty of izmir bay." excerpt from crowne plaza izmir's website. and I think it is true...
"muhteşem körfez manzarası eşliğinde dostlarla birlikte içkileri yudumlamanın keyfine varılacağı mükemmel bir ambiyans sunmaktadır." crowne paza izmir sitesinden alıntı. ve söylenenlerin doğru olduğunu düşünüyorum...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

rise and shine - yüksel ve parla

çesme peninsula, lapped by the waters of the aegean sea, lies west of izmir, in turkey's aegean region. along a stretch coastline of 29 km, are hosted the beaches of çeşme, each one as beautiful as the other.
ege denizi sularıyla çevrili çeşme yarımadası, türkiye'nin ege bölgesinde ve izmir'in batısındadır. 29 kilometreye yayılan sahil şeridi, çeşme'nin birbirinden güzel plajlarını barındırır.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

never too late - asla geç değil

better late childhood than never...
hiç olmamaktansa, varsın çocukluk geç yaşansın...

Friday, January 4, 2008

celestial - semavi

a quiet morning at Çeşme.
Çeşme'de sakin bir sabah.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

any old time - ne zaman olursa olsun

kordonboyu, first day of the year...
kordonboyu, yılın ilk günü...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

sea of fog - sis denizi

early morning at Sabuncubeli pass, on national highway of Izmir-Manisa state road in the northern east of Izmir.
sabah erken, İzmir'in kuzey doğusu, İzmir-Manisa otoyolu üzerinde, Sabuncubeli geçidi.

while walking... - yürürken...

daily photoblog: the things that catch my eye while walking.
fotoğraf güncesi: yürürken gözüme takılanlar.