Tiny Chora Church on the edge of Istanbul Turkey is home to some of the best examples of Byzantine mosaics. This square domed nave is the oldest section of the building, dating from around 1100. the marble niche a little to the right of center is the mihrab, which was added by the Musslim Ottomans when this church became a mosque. Representing a symbolic doorway leading the hold city of Mecca, the mihrab shows Muslims the correct direction in which to pray. On the left side of the wall is the mocaic depiction of The Living Jesus Christ with an inscription "Dwelling place (Chora) of the Living" On the right wall is the depiction of Mother Mary with the Child Jesus. The inscription originally was "Dwelling place (Chora) of the...
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My twin loves of photography and travel emerged early in life. I remember being enchanted by rare trips to an airport to meet an arriving flight, and equally enchanted by a train trip on the California Zephyr from Denver to Salt Lake City. Clearly, I wanted to go places! On these trips I had my trusty Kodak Instamatic camera, with those funky flash cubes! But almost as soon as I could, I was out traveling on my own! Luckily this coincided with an interest in 35 mm photography which I learned on my own and from friends. I can remember taking dozens of rolls of film on every trip...black and white and color in every ISO I thought I'd need!
Fast forward to 2008 after multiple academic...
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