A Piece of String My Height

various sites in Istanbul and southern Turkey

1998


At various sites throughout Turkey, ranging from ancient cites in southern Turkey to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman sites in Istanbul, I placed and photographed a piece of string my height. The photographs evoke a set of related themes: self-portraiture, the me-at-the-monument genre of tourist photographs, the creation and loss of scale, the history and function of the monument, and the mark human presence leaves on the natural world.

Termessos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Termessos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Ariassos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Antikyol, Climax, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Ariassos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Ariassos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Selinos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Selinos, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Sillyon, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Antiochia-ad-Cragum, southern Turkey, January, 1998
Landwalls, Ayvansaray, Istanbul, Turkey, December 3, 1998
Landwalls, Ayvansaray, Istanbul, Turkey, December 3, 1998
Yedikule, Istanbul, Turkey, February 21, 1998
Yedikule, Istanbul, Turkey, February 21, 1998
Yedikule, Istanbul, Turkey, February 21, 1998
Valens Aqueduct, Istanbul, Turkey, February 20, 1998


Valens Aqueduct, Istanbul, Turkey, February 20, 1998