August 2011 • Went on a long photo safari through the neighborhoods of the Golden Horn—Fatih, Fener, Balat—with some people I've known for only a short time. Julia brought along an acquaintance, and as we were being introduced, Rojda said: "I know you! We met in Diyarbakir four years ago." She'd been at Umit and Celo's flat when they gave me a farewell concert on guitar and ute — I even have a photo of her, which has always reminded me of my dear friend Ali in New York. Rojda lives in Mardin now and was visiting Istanbul for Bayram. She barely knows Julia and decided at the last minute to join us. She also had a premonition she might know the acquaintance of her American acquaintance.
Fener Rum Lisesi
Julia (photo by Erdem Evcil)
Ahi Celebi Mosque
Rojda, Julia, Mike (photo by Erdem Evcil)
Photo by Julia Snider