With a slight delay returning to the UK due to the collapse of Cobalt Airlines, it gave me the opportunity to make another trip out to previously-photographed sites. As you’ll see from the following post, these shoots concentrated on the two large mosques that have fascinated me. But I had the opportunity of walking down to the construction area of the mosque on the Near East University site. It was a fascinating time exploring the skeletal internal space.
It was intriguing seeing the working process of the construction – the rough concrete structure now almost complete in terms of the internal space of the building. It was a weekend when I shot these images (Sunday 21 October 2018) so the construction staff on duty weren’t working, but they were very welcoming and I had the run of the site for a few hours, during which a large storm approached. The images reflect the move from bright, high contrast light, to the softer and more muted tones that were produced whilst the heavens were opening outside.
What I didn’t realise at the time, when the rain was lashing down outside (and indeed inside) and the thunder was reverberating around the concrete structure, was that a few miles to the west of me was a Tornado! No wonder it went a little dark…
And then once the rain and storm had abated I headed out of the site and drove along the Famagusta road, eastwards towards the completed mosque that I’d also photographed last year. I was effectively following the storm and the light, as it was dramatic to say the least. I found the block of flats that I’d previously photographed from, and headed back onto the roof.
I then decided to find an alternative view, thinking that it was pointless to add to what was already a finalised series of the changing light, and so I went out into the neighbourhood to look at other possibilities.
I was intrigued by the relationship between the monument and the vernacular surroundings. This is another form of relationship between the mosque and the surrounding populous.
So it was once again a fascinating experience watching of the light and atmosphere, spending further time with this intriguing edifice, that seems to have really captured my attention. Having re-photograhed the mosque under construction, I can’t help but feel the need to return to see the progress over time, and to see the final manifestation of the largest mosque to be constructed outside Turkey, when it is complete.