Just in case you cannot tell from this photograph, I am in Istanbul, Turkey. I am on my way to Japan, via Israel, and decided to take one-week break, here in Istanbul. I have no guidebook (I was planning on buying an iPad Mini, and load it with a Lonely Planet guide, but I did not buy the tablet, hence no guidebook…), and I had little time to research so I really had no pre-conceived idea of what to do. I just booked my flights and accommodation, and here I landed.
The gentleman behind the reception counter at this small hotel (described as ’boutique hotel these days’, but really they just mean B&B kind of small hotel) gave me an extremely simple book of maps, covering the main part of the city, and he gave me a few tips. As I always do, however, I started walking without knowing where I was going, and I just landed upon this small gallery that hang some interesting looking paintings on its glass window. A gentleman opened the glass door and invited me in to have a look. But it was not just him I met…
Most of the kittens are of this mother and are 2 weeks old. There are a couple additions, however, from a different cat, who the guy does not know, left abandoned outside their door one day.
Hey, don’t go exploring in my bag! You may end up in another continent when you wake up!
Melik is an artist, who runs this gallery with a couple other artists. He loves to look after the cats, but he would really like to find a home to some of them and keep maybe a couple. Finding such new owner is proving to be difficult, he says. Many people love playing with the cute kittens but they won’t take them…
He generously allowed me to photograph the cats in the gallery. We have two things in common: we love cats and we love art.
Customers walked in, traveling from the US and considering a couple of paintings to hang in their house. Watching the tiny ones bumping against their feet bring smiles to everyone’s face.
After spending good amount of time with Melik and cats, I knew my stay in Istanbul would be a pleasant one!
You can find Melik’s works on his portfolio.