Photographer's Note

The title is a little bit provocative, as it was probably just a succession of coincidences, but what happened to us while visiting this city made us think that we were on a different planet.

Adana isn't a small town, it's a big vibrating city with modern architecture, Starbucks coffee shops, fashionable shopping malls and probably foreign visitors once in a while, yet, most of the people that we came across would look at us like they have never seen westerners before, with nervous chuckling, indiscreet whispering to their friends and looking at us with insistence, more than it would have happened in the most remote village in India or Myanmar.

As we visited the mosque, a guy came rushing to me, insisting to get his picture taken, and as I refused, he became aggressive and shouting at me until I warned him to get out of my way in the same tone of voice. Once we came across the river to get this angle from the other side, a man was masturbating in front of us and other passers-by, comfortably sitting in the park, and coming not far from us to wash his hands in the river after he did what he was busy with...

Then while waiting for the blue hour to arrive, another man came to me, looking at my camera which was on the tripod, turning around it and scrutinizing it, only a centimeter away from his nose, telling me he was working for a magazine as a reporter...

That is only some examples of what happened to us, but our stay in this city made us feel like if we were in the weirdest place on Earth, from the way people received us at the hotel, to the juice seller on the street that was talking to himself all the way.

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Additional Photos by Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1391 W: 152 N: 6235] (31566)
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