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As one of the two winners of my Madrid quiz a couple of weeks ago Luko's prize was to give me a brief to produce a short series of images - in the end Luis challenged me to portray the emotion of urban or rural landscapes in Northern Ireland (to come at some point) and Luko came up with three challenges - in some ways I ended up playing with all three..........

The first was based on the semi-autobiographical novel 'Aziyadé' by the French romantic writer Pierre Loti. The book was his first and was based on a diary he kept when he served as a naval officer in Greece and Constantinople in 1876. Loti fell in love with an 18 year old harem girl called Aziyadé and although he went on to have many affairs of the heart he forever wore a gold ring in memory of her....the book also describes Loti's growing love affair with Turkish culture.

So - here I am in Istanbul searching for that fleeting glimpse of my Aziyadé - perhaps in this image we see the poet, the writer himself in the mind of the woman he loved or reflected as he takes the wrong turning and misses the longing of her gaze.......but this is modern Turkey....not the latter part of the 19th century.......and perhaps she is a harem girl no longer.....am I not inside the image but outside leaning against it......where might I catch a glimpse of her......a face in the crowd, at a distance, so close that I find it hard to recognise her for with age we have all changed.....is she vivacious or soft faced, happy or tortured by the passing of our love.......where will I find my Aziyadé? There are many potential relationships in this image............

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OK - I can come clean now as Deniz has discovered the opening sequence of the Penti website www.penti.com ........... take a look and you will see a little more in reference to this image..........spot the obvious links.....but is that my Aziyadé? Watch the video and decide.....is she serious or a parody of sexuality, is she enticing out of love or playing a game?

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