Open Photography Forums  

Go Back   Open Photography Forums > Uptown: Explore at your risk! Beware! You hold OPF harmless by you participation! > Photography of Strife, Disaster, Rescue and Hope: empathy, yes, but no propaganda!

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old June 16th, 2013, 01:44 PM
Jerome Marot Jerome Marot is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Munich, Germany.
Posts: 3,842
Default Turkish protests in Gezy Park

Tmblr live photo stream here:
Reply With Quote
Old June 16th, 2013, 10:44 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 35,249

Originally Posted by Jerome Marot View Post
Tmblr live photo stream here:
Thanks for this revealing link.

We need to spend time and identify with the pain and suffering there.

I applaud the bravery of the folk that want freedoms and a better life and just demonstrate but are not violent. The use of plastic bullets and tear gas seems inappropriate.

Stepping back, there have been remarkable economic gains in Turkey over the past decade. There should be room for a multicultural and tolerant society. Certainly, there's no logical reason for all the nationalistic heritage of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to be tossed aside in a continued march to strongman theocratic rule.

All Middle Eastern countries have strong religious roots. These should be treasured and protected but not be the only reason for a state to exist. The conjoining of religious fervor with national identity is not healthy unless the state is equally committed to freedom from religion and folk are allowed to opt out and worship or not as they please. Unfortunately, each country has issues here, some worse than others.

In some places, the "other" are non-religious, foreign workers without rights or any status or maybe belonging to a religion of "inferior" status.

Turkey has a strong enough national identity to overcome such divisions. they just need to allow room for folk to breathe. Either one has a democracy or some sort of dictatorship.

Turkey is not yet in any existential crisis as is Syria, but this Turkish spring, does show up fractures in how the society is glued together.

Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Two People: Friends, Family or Couples! Mine from a walk in a park! Asher Kelman Themes 6 January 29th, 2013 06:56 PM
Ecola National Park StuartRae Landscape - Travel 13 October 17th, 2011 02:19 AM
Yoshinogari Historical Park, Japan Redmond Bunney Panorama Photography: Vistas, Interiors & Objects 2 December 8th, 2009 06:06 AM
Getting Cured James Newman Layback Cafe 7 November 10th, 2008 09:15 AM
Grand Canyon National Park charges fees for commercial Photography Alain Briot Landscape - Travel 5 August 1st, 2006 05:45 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:31 AM.

Posting images or text grants license to OPF, yet © of such remain with its creator. Still, all assembled discussion © 2006-2017 Asher Kelman (all rights reserved) Posts with new theme or unusual image might be moved/copied to a new thread!