The photo challenge for this week is “Converge” – dictionary defines this word as:
(of several people or things) come together from different directions so as eventually to meet.
The picture I chose was taken in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the summer of 2013 during the midst of the political protests that periodically gripped the city, and even the country. It was fascinating being in Istanbul at that time, talking to some people about what was going on and why. One area of the city in particular, Istiklal Caddesi, was where the brunt of the protests and demonstrations took place. It is a predominately pedestrian street, full of life, shops, restaurants, cafes, and very random things. Istiklal is a great place to spend a few hours wandering around and people watching (just don’t get trampled as it can be very busy). One of the times I went with my sister, we ended up being trapped between anti and pro government demonstrators. We tried to seek shelter in a shop but the grill that “protected” the entrance was one full of decorative holes – as such, we became connoisseurs of tear gas. Pleasant it was not.
This picture was taken just at the moment we realized that a large crowd of agitated people was coming up in front of us while another large crowd of agitated people was coming up behind us – the two were converging right with us in the middle. It was definitely an “oops” moment.