Sunday, December 21, 2008

'Hat'

"My friends, there is no need to seek and revive the costume of Turan. A civilized, international dress is worthy and appropriate for our nation, and we will wear it. Boots or shoes on our feet, trousers on our legs, shirt and tie, jacket and waistcoat - and, of course, to complete these, a cover with a brim on our heads. I want to make this clear. This head-covering is called 'hat'"

I doubt Atatürk would have foreseen pigeons resting on his head rather than a hat when he instituted the Hat Law in 1925, but that's how things roll, I guess.

This sight had me immediately thinking of Elizabeth at the time - it's taken some five months for this picture to make its way here, but hopefully it'll provide some amusement in the midst of exams. I still hope to do an Atatürk post - so many great photos for that, but I have been stuck in what can only be described as a weird state of ennui. Oh well.

5 comments:

elizabeth said...

Fantastic shot--where's this one from? It reminds me of a statue of George Washington on my undergraduate campus; the statue was made of a crow-colored dull black metal, which frequently led to the impression that the crow perching atop his head was a part of the statue.

A. said...

this looks like Besiktas Iskelesi... But hard to say...

Szerelem said...

This was at Sariyer actually - near the Iskelesi there.

Tabula Rasa said...

a weird state of ennui

capital: chennui?

happy new year :-)

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