Elderly Turkish man at foot of Taurus mountain range

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Whilst hitching across Turkey we met an elderly Turkish man selling mountain tea in Kaş, an idyllic town on a jagged hill running down to the Turquoise coast of the southwest of the country. We tried to spark up conversation but there existed no common language, and regardless, he seemed far more intent on wafting each different herb under our noses to seduce us into buying all his natural wares.

A little further up the hill, passing an Irish documentary-maker and an elderly woman in traditional Turkish light floral dress with her trail of goats and bell, we reached a more vacant space overlooking the opaque bay which reeked of the sordid elephant graveyard in The Lion King; dead silver roots, stunted stumps of trees and half-formed writhing plants blotting the arid and sun-beaten landscape.

It was an ideal vantage point, however, to scan where we might eventually continue our hike along the Lycian Way.

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Transporting Melons in Turkey

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Though seemingly an innocuous image of a man dressed in white, transporting vibrant yellow melons in his white truck, with red cloth draped over and backed by verdant plants, as I captured this photograph my thoughts instantly leapt to another situation that was being played out at this very moment on the other side of the country. Where a similar make of white truck transporting equally yellow melons would have been being bombed and attacked during the third phase of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish government, beginning in late July 2015 and still being waged.

Though safe on the northwestern Aegean coast, civilians and travellers in other and nearby regions of Turkey were not so fortunate.

This photograph symbolises for me now and then the bizarre and inexplicable luck that one scene experiences in place of another’s misfortune, and the very real repercussions one and many might suffer due to mere location and timing.

If nothing else, this photograph might teach us simple humility and gratitude that whilst I admired this scene, others who did just the same elsewhere saw a very different end.

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