Photographer's Note

I first saw Ishak Pasa palace quite a while ago in some photograph. At Treakearth, to be exact. Looking at it I promised myself I'd go there some time, some day. And it wasn't just the palace of course that was so inspiring. Actually, even more than the palace, it was the region itself, east Anatolia, where the Bible places Noah's Arc, where the rivers of ancient Mesopotamia have their sources, wher history of Armenians and Kurds still echoes...
Two months ago the dream came true- I came, I saw...and I wanted more. I want even more after yesterday night when I finally watched "Ararat". A must film for those who want to learn more about the region, in particular about the sad hostory of Armenians, a nation that has populated East Anatolia and Caucasus for 3,500 years, and that fell victim of the first genocide of the 20th century. Almost 30 years before the Jews of Europe, one and a half million Armenians were starved to death in the burning sun, sunk in the Black Sea, shot, or brutally killed in the streets.
As shocking as it is, it is also a delicate subject as the Tutkish government still denies that the genocide took place at all.

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