It’s that beautiful flag

My mother had a great explanation for the significance of the Turkish flag. She said it represented the moon and all the stars you could see over the ocean at night.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Photo © Icarus Blake

I was born in a sailors’ town along the Mediterranean Sea. Once a powerful Republic of its own, Genova was very proud of its flag. The Genovese fleet reached and conquered parts of today’s Turkey. It was then defeated and pushed back by the rise of the Ottoman Empire. Genova never lost its pride as an independent, powerful republic, and its flag still flies around town more often than the Italian one. Ships carry with them a fragment of their motherland. Hence the Mediterranean sea is ‘flag infested’ and, as a child, you learn to recognize them. My mother had a great explanation for the significance of the Turkish flag. She said it represented the moon and all the stars you could see over the ocean at night. I liked that, and I always looked for Turkish boats in different harbors to see the red, beautiful flag. I’ve often traveled to Turkey in the past three years and have noticed how much the people love their flag. It’s everywhere in all sizes and materials. The Turks are proud people and they love their country. It’s a pleasure to experience that. This particular flag was inside the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Shot with a Panasonic G3.

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Contributors to this issue:

Ebru Debbağ/Commuter of Continents
Ebru Debbağ is the sales and marketing director of Orta Anadolu which is a denim manufacturing mill based in Turkey, İstanbul. She travels extensively for work and pleasure globally and finds it exciting to come back home every time. Her dedication to yoga has earned her a certification as a teacher. Ebru loves experimental cooking, living romantically and playing with kids. You may contact her at somewhere between Europe and Asia.

Lâle Müldür/Tierra del Fuego
Lâle Müldür is a Turkish poet and writer, considered one of the most influential Turkish poets of the last several decades. After graduating from Robert College, Müldür went to Florence to study with a poetry scholarship. She returned to Turkey to study electronics and economics for one year each at Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi in Ankara. After two years in Ankara, she went to the United Kingdom, where she received her Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Manchester, and her Master of Science in the sociology of literature from Essex University. Müldür then married a Belgian painter named Patrick Claeys and lived in Brussels from 1983 to 1987. Müldür worked as a columnist for the Radikal newspaper for a time. In 2002, Müldür suffered a brain hemorrhage, but soon recovered. She currently lives in Istanbul.

This issue would have not been possible without the help of our many Turkish friends, in particular we would love to thank Ebru Debbag who collaborated to the production of the whole issue, Esra Andiçen who brought us the incredible Athena and Ebru Ozaydin who introduced us to Lale Müldür.

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