Wednesday, February 16, 2011


This morning we got up early and hurried to get the ferryboat to Bursa. A joyful daytrip with unexpected finds. Did we initially just plan to stroll through a nice ancient city (to be honest - we had no plan at all) we ended up taking a cable car ride to the top of Uludağ Mountain. And hanging out in a ski-resort. We found that turkisch popmusic in a ski-hut feels quite weird.
Within the following walk through the snowy forests I not only found my mood boosted by fresh air and clear sun (Istanbul is not providing such things) but also the motifs for the still life (?) above in and behind an abandoned house. Everything there was vanitas'ish. The racked and ruined house, the rotting meat in the melting snow... wich was less disgusting than kind of surreal.

Brief note: Vanitas refers to the judeo-christian concept of meaninglessness and transience of all earthly. Vanitas still life paintings, wich were especially popular in the baroque era, were symbolizing the human mortality through - often superficially beautyful things - (decaying) flowers, (rotting) fruit as well as hour glasses, skulls and bones and so on.

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