K’lee selected this week’s Dale and K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge theme: Five Ways to Friday. The way I understand it, “Friday” is a verb in this title. (Ugh. But that’s just one writer’s opinion.) Dale’s entry is here.
“I don’t Friday myself, and I can’t afford to make other people Friday.” Ebenezer Suegg #sorrynotsorry
NOT MY PHOTO OF ISTANBUL:
I chose the Turkish word for Friday: Cuma, as in,
“Cuma’n, K’lee, really?” Me, Ebenezer Suegg
I’ve never been there, but the pictures I’ve seen of the region are mostly appealing. (Just look at that shot of Istanbul — what’s not to love?) When I was a junior in high school, one of our foreign exchange students came from there. Gülsen Türug was a soft-spoken, intelligent, beautiful young woman who was sincerely interested in learning about all the people she met here. She certainly made an impression on me, else why would I have remembered her so clearly all these years?
But rather than use my own photos of southern California, NYC, Racine, or Great Britain to create what people in Turkey might do on a Friday, I settled on one particular Friday. July 15, 2016, the day of the latest failed military coup. The Friday currently most prominent in the Turkish consciousness.
W. Robert Pearson, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey from 2000 to 2003 and currently a scholar at the Middle East Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C., wrote a perceptive, presumably well-informed article, What Caused the Turkish Coup Attempt.
My photographic interpretation reflects my own nagging emotional reaction to the event that, even though unsuccessful, will never be a non-event to the survivors. Best estimates: 1,400 injured, 240 dead.