Mapping as Walking in Balat and Fener
"How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you?" Meno, quoted in A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.
Walking in the neighbourhoods of Balat and Fener on a warm day in September 2011- I came across these children playing. They called me over, "hey miss!" they called. "..take our photo, please." And that's just what I did.
While reading Orphan Pamuk's book Istanbul: memoirs of a city I encountered the moody photographs of Ara Guler, whose beautiful black and white images accompany Pamuk's text. Guler has chronicalled the daily life of Istanbul and its people since the 1940s. He has been described as the 'eye of Istanbul'. Guler places the greatest emphasis on the human presence in his photos. "When I'm taking a picture of Aya Sofia, what counts is the person passing by who stands for life", he said.
His images have inspired my own collaged images of the streets of Balat and Fener.
Thank-you to Roberley Bell and Ayse Coskun Orlandi for their wonderful Mapping as Walking workshop at ISEA2011 Istanbul.