Blast from Past

Girls in New York from a lifetime ago. From my first year in New York.

Visit to de Young Museum, the Rodin Sculpture Garden and a Welcome Flower

Visiting San Francisco for the week… Landed last Friday, and was greeted with pretty flowers in the airport. First thing off the plane, I visited the de Young Museum, which is in the Golden Gate Park. Couple of days in, I went onto the tour of the enormous Stanford campus, and walked into a garden full of Rodin sculptures along with the impressive art building. Couldn’t find the opportunity to find its studios but they sounded fairly cool. Spent the weekend in Oakland, watching a live orchestra Charlie Chaplin movie, City Lights, for the first time in its Paramount Theater and under its amazing roof and all of the stage like Art Deco interior details. All to say, I can say the weather out here is cold as it can be but there is something about the crispness of it that keeps one active, energetic, daringly underdressed and going.

Hazy First Years of New York

First years of New York is always hazy, from one reason or another. Here are some photos of my memories of the first couple of years, with barely discernible shots of friends, places and events. Mostly shot in film camera whose Auto mode is no longer trustworthy.

LA in March 2018

Might have been my first visit to LA. I think it was also the same time I got the biggest tattoo with my friend. Shot in my friend’s house after a morning of our long night. I would have forgotten about this visit, these pics and the date of my first visit if it wasn’t for the meta data of a dear DSLR to fill in the gaps of my memory. Also pic of an another friend doing a quick meditation after the club.

Detailed Drawings

Haven’t found time to draw in more detail than just a few scribbles lately. The pandemic lockdown gave me enough free time to draw scenes that are more detailed than just faces. Here is a drawing of my breakfast, one of only many. More drawings on my Instagram @izel.a.r.t

Quarantined in Istanbul

My travel back from New York to Ankara got interrupted once Pandemic broke out. Now in Istanbul, I am quarantined with my darling sister, Hazal. Happy to spend extended periods with her because it has been couple of years since I could stay this long in Turkey without interruption. We are enjoying Istanbul’s views in isolated early morning walks and grocery runs.

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