TOURIST IN A TOP HAT
“Sundown,” captured in the salon at Kybele Hotel, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 24 May 04——The original of this is gone, so he probably bought it.
Zeynep! Two years old & driving her mother crazy!!——Alp’s youngest, Zeynep is very smart and was hyperactive. Lucky for her she was so cute!
SMILING ŞOFER ADNAN
Adnan drives everyone at Kybele to the airport at 4AM or from there at 4PM in heavy traffic and he is really cheerful about it – “Smile!” “I am 24 hours smiling.” Adnan
A rainy day in April drawing Ismail in the Kybele dining room while a French journalist photographs us both——-Ismail was a fellow-of-all-work at Kybele. He deserved a bit of pizazz so I asked him to wear this hat for his portrait.
KYBELE LOBBY ACCOUTREMENTS
Just gorgeous stuff everywhere. This stuff is all still there, but the new owners have crowded it with stuffed animals, etc.
KIS KILESI LONGSHOT
I wonder when I drew this…
ON CHILDREN’S DAY
Children’s Day, Sultanahmet Park – white socks – black shoes – bright red figured dress – purple coat with gold & red trim – black trousers with tiny pattern – yellow sash – white scarf with red tie – dress ruffle only in front——-Every April 23, the kids get to dress up.
AYASOFYA CROSSES FULL CIRCLE
Despite the brutal mutilations, there are still many crosses in Ayasofya. Here Christianity has come full circle——-What I was trying to show here is the way Christianty’s cross, which started with the poor and humble, was elevated to official elegance, and deposed, and became graffiti, done by the poor and humble. This was long before Hagia Sophia, the premier Christian church for 1000 years, a mosque for about half that time, again became a mosque.
AYASOFYA GRAFFIT A T E
More fabulous graffiti on the balustrade upstairs at Hagia Sophia. 1500 years of graffiti in many languages, history you can touch. All those lives. I pray it’s all still there.