Happy New Year! A bit late, but at least we are still in January. And, a very warm January it has been so far. I have been outdoors more than usual for this time of year and enjoying walks with my camera. Totally unrelated, the photo above is a black and white photo of portraits of me drawn by my granddaughters. When we were last together in November, we drew and painted lots of portraits and it made my day when these arrived in the mail.
Below is an interior photo of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul taken in 2013. This is a recent edit which I intend to print but had been dragging my feet. Then this past week we started watching the Netflix docu-series, Rise of Empires: Ottoman. It tells the story of the Ottoman siege of Constantinople led by Sultan Mehmed II. Viewing this series and recently finishing Balkan Ghosts by Robert D. Kaplan ties this image and memories to something bigger.
I mentioned that our January has been warmer than usual. It has also been wetter and I love photographing in the rain. I recently purchased a cheap rain sleeve for my camera which makes me feel more comfortable in this situation.
And some other images from my walks:
And here is a photo collage I'm working on. Two parts are my own images and the rest are found (antique/vintage) images. I'm fascinated with this combination and feel a sense of mystery and adventure. Nothing is glued down yet. I've played with other images and arrangements, but I'm still loving this draft. I think I'll leave it be for awhile.