Getting Inside

The header for my blog is the Blue Mosque. This is a picture showing the opposite view. Courtyard of the Blue Mosque.

The header for my blog is the Blue Mosque. This is a picture showing the opposite view. Courtyard of the Blue Mosque.

I know that I already did a post about the Blue Mosque, but I don’t see any need to justify posting about it again. I did a short series of drawings in and around her, and I imagine that if I have kept your interest thus far, you will most likely share my enthusiasm.

For the longest time I didn’t realize that I could get into the Blue Mosque. Ok, well I knew I could get in, but I hold a particular distaste for making a spectacle out of other peoples’ religious experiences. I’m not a muslim. People were in there praying… How would you feel if you were in your holy place, and a bunch of oafish tourists were putting cameras in your face. That’s why I still haven’t gone to an AME service–I would feel like I was going to see a fascinating real life documentary complete with the faithful. Real life full color. In stereo. Gospel music?! Check plus. Of course in the end I did go in, and I did take pictures. But non-the-less I tried to be as invisible as possible.

In any case, my series of drawings document my timid attempts to get into one of the world’s greatest architectural monuments. In a way, stretching out the experience of getting in made me appreciate the Blue Mosque all the more.

Blue Mosque Stage One: Sitting under the outer loggia, looking out on Sultanahmet.

Blue Mosque Stage One: Sitting under the outer loggia, looking out on Sultanahmet. Just for clarity, the drawing on the right isn’t from the same seen, I just don’t like to edit out stuff from my notebooks…

Blue Mosque Stage Two: inside the courtyard, looking towards the Mosque.

Blue Mosque Stage Two: Inside the courtyard, looking towards the Mosque.

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2 thoughts on “Getting Inside

    • I absolutely do. That sketch book is one of my prized possessions, but I left it at my parents house when I moved to Charleston. When I go back maybe I could post some for a trip down memory lane…

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