The beauty of light in Turkey

Gourds in shop window

Gourds in shop window

When recently doing some research into  Turkish tulip designs,  I came across a blog by Aaminah Shakur who is a poet, artist and writer. Some of her work is inspired by the art of Georgia O’Keefe, Ottoman designs and the Qur’an. I particularly liked this Qur’anic verse that she referred to on her blog:

God is the light of the heavens and the earth.
The likeness of this light is a niche
in which there is a lamp,
the lamp in a glass,
the glass like a glittering star,
kindled from a blessed olive tree,
an olive that is neither of the east nor the west,
the oil of which could shine without being touched by fire.
Light upon light;
God guides whom He please.
– Qur’an 24:35

This verse started me thinking about all of the beautiful things I have seen in Turkey, made all the more evocative with the use of light. For example the underground Basilica in Sultanahmet is made all the more majestic because of the use of lighting.

The Basilica, Sultanahmet

The Basilica, Sultanahmet

Perhaps since arriving in Cappadocia and taking up residence in a cave, I have been thinking more about light and how it has a powerful effect on our psychological state. Religion has used it for centuries to capture the imagination of the followers and to inspire thoughts of the Divine.

Cave decor by Mehmet Ali

Cave decor by Mehmet Ali

Marty took some beautiful pictures when we did a cruise of the Bosphorus as part of ISEA2011. He played with the lights of the bridge, making some lovely images of light

Marty's moving bridge

Marty's moving bridge

Advertisements