In the 1990s, condominium communities began springing up like mushrooms on the Bodrum peninsula. Vast swaths of hillside were covered with white sugar-cube stucco structures meant to lure the city-dwellers of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir (not to mention Hamburg, Munich and Manchester) out of their apartments and down to the beach.
Many of these huge developments went bankrupt when the real estate market softened, but after the millennium many recovered. Today most of the building has been completed, the bougainvillea has spread, and the villas sold to willing buyers.
Whether you like the ambitious architectural designs or not, as a photographer I find their visual effects endlessly fascinating: the shapes, the variation in the midst of repetition, the light and shadow caused by the buildings’ juxtaposition.
I’ve spent whole days doing nothing but photographing Bodrum condos. But then, like a baby, I’m easily entertained….
Good airplane & bedtime reading…