Taking Bad Travel Photos

My Bad Travel Photo: Turkcell and the Polis, Diyarbakir

A good little traveller I had turned off my Turkish phone on boarding the plane to the UK. I realised my mistake immediately even though I had made it many months before when I chucked the password in the bin without memorising it.

The consequences of this wouldn’t be felt until we were back in Turkey. Until then my British phone could be used in its natural habitat in the UK, with a MobiNil sim in Egpyt and for texts only elsewhere.

But, really, who cares? I hear you say. And why have you taken a photo of the Turkcell branch in Diyarbakir that put your phone back into service?

Getting a photogenic memory of the people that enabled me to take a call for the first time in months without worrying about exorbitant roaming charges wasn’t why I took this picture. I was trying to capture the proud and defiant Kurdish people of Diyarbakir going about their business under the heavy police presence from Ankara. Or maybe I was after the normality of life in the city at the centre of Kurdish opposition to the discrimination of central government.

But, let’s be honest, this picture doesn’t convey this at all. It is just a shot of the Turkcell shop that fixed my phone.

Police van in Diyarbakir city centre, Turkey.

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4 comments to My Bad Travel Photo: Turkcell and the Polis, Diyarbakir

  • Goody  says:

    It’s a great shot if we take into account its meaning that is how brave the woman is to pass by te police. Thanks

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      People in Diyarbakir are used to a strong police presence and seem to take it for granted. There were more police on the streets than usual on this day – including armoured vehicles and riot police – as there was a political rally or march due. We didn’t witness any trouble and everyone, from residents to the police, seemed otherwise quite relaxed.

  • Yanu  says:

    And you go to Turkey to support the “oppressed” kurdish terrorists ? Forgot about the beach !?

    Last month, I didn’t go to the UK to support the oppressed welsh people… Nor to sympatize with the Irish opposition.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      Interesting use of language there, Yanu. Why did you put “oppressed” in quotation marks for the Kurds but not the Welsh. And why do you assume the people doing their shopping in the picture are terrorists?

      I hope you didn’t go to the UK for the beach. You can’t be that dumb?

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