I was sending many of these photos to my mom in Italy to show her that life in Istanbul is not as bad as many foreign medias were trying to show in a very Turko-phobic way. I was trying to explain to her that there are a lot of very normal and cool people in Istanbul, very mixed, very different, a little bit weird sometimes maybe but also very peaceful, welcoming, curious and positive.
That's why I titled this project "MammaLiTurki! - How to explain Istanbul to my mom" (a.k.a. "Mamma, li Turchi!"), that means something like "Omg, Mom! The Turks are coming!", an old way to say that's still popular in Italy and has its roots into the raids that Ottomans were doing in Southern Italy from the Middle Eve on.
Thanks to many friends of mine that are professional or amateur photographers and saw my photos on Instagram and pushed me hard to put together this book, I took courage and started to seriously work on that.
Some days ago I won a coupon from Saal Digital and they give me the chance to print this very first draft of "MammaLiTurki!" for free. I made a very quick choice through my hard-drives, picked up these 60 photos for this photo-booklet, put them together with the software of this company and after a couple of days I got this present you can see in the video here: