Things I Miss

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We are lucky during this world wide crisis in that we are healthy, someone is bringing us food, and we are in a house with a garden.  (By virtue of our age we have not been able to leave our home since mid-March.)  However, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t complain about something so these are the few simple things that I miss – the poppy season when all the local fields have sprinklings of happy red, a cup of tea either along the lakeshore or somewhere in town, and our wonderfully colorful and abundant weekly market where I am always tempted to buy more than we can ever consume! Thankfully I have my photo archives!

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Iznik, Turkey
All photographs by delikızınyeri

Savannah Slices

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I’m big on using everything in as many ways as possible and that goes for my photography.  That forces me to look at the mass of images in different ways.  In the case of my last trip to Africa that resulted in single images in both color and b&w, double exposures, and now a series of triptychs slicing the photos into an aspect ratio I never use.

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Link to the full slideshow – https://vimeo.com/410972165

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya
All photographs by delikızınyeri

https://vimeo.com/410972165

The Lake

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…and, of course, I mean Lake Iznik!  When we first moved to the village I was always dashing down to the lake to capture its moods.  Although I still love to watch the sunset, the itch to capture it has abated quite a bit.  I now prefer to get some human action in my shots – but since my interaction these days is only with those in my home prison, I’m searching through the archives….

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Lake Iznik, Iznik, Turkey
All photographs by delikızınyeri

Luminosity

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Two years ago I had a solo exhibit of b&w square photos playing with light.  It is a subject to which I am always drawn and have continued to photograph so I decided to do a book adding to those shown in the exhibition.  Now, with the plague forcing me to stay home, I have finally completed the sequencing and layout and am ready to push the print button…

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Top – ‘Berlin’ sculpture, Berlin, Germany
Middle – bubblewrap on umbrellas, Istanbul, Turkey
Bottom – the Sibelius monument, Helsinki, Finland

All photographs by delikızınyeri

The Last Walk of Freedom

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  On March 21 a few hours after these photos were taken, all citizens over the age of 65 (and yes, that definitely includes us) were ordered by the government to stay home – no grocery runs, no dog walks, no driving anywhere.  Although we had done some basic stocking, we assumed any ‘lockdown’ put in place would mirror those in other countries, allowing us to make an occasional grocery run or to drive up into the deserted hills for walks and photography.

Fortunately, we have a large garden where the dog can hang out, we are healthy and accustomed to spending a lot of time together.  I have, as usual, a long list of projects to occupy my time – revisiting and culling my photo archives, creating a daily photo diary, working on a ton of already conceived photo projects, reading, and knitting but would dearly love to wander through a grocery store!

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Iznik, Turkey
All photographs by delikızınyeri