Mussel man

  • November 23rd, 2012

    Everyday in some ways, extraordinary in others. That for me is what life is like in this city. This man is rinsing his catch of mussels with water from the Tarabya harbour. Some 25 metres away they’re driving huge underwater pylons/footings for the new floating pier system. It’s a little disturbing, thinking of what may be being unearthed, and what’s being poured into the water this man is using for his food source. Apparently this is one of the cleanest stretches of the Bosporus, and people (during warmer weather, at least) often swim around here. I’m certainly no marine biologist but the vast numbers of predators such as dolphins, often seem like an encouraging sign that this seaway is still a vital one. Let’s hope it stays that way for men like this as well as for the life within it. We need each other.

2 Comments

  • Joy @My Turkish Joys 11.23.2012  

    Beautiful photo essay! Love the aura captured around the mussel man.

  • I.A.W.  

    Thanks, Joy. That harbour and the different people and life that flow in and out of it are remarkable. There’s always something happening, I could almost stay there all day.

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