Photographer's Note

In Turkey, there has been a rivalry between two football clubs, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, for ages. The fans of each team, I mean most of them, literally hate each other. Personally, I'm not interested in football and can never understand why they take it so seriously. I've even read Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch to have an idea about what it is like to be a devoted fan of a team and found it rather childish (not the book...the book was hilarious, but the fanship was terribly boring). Maybe it's because I didn't grow up in a house where men were football fans and because I have never had a male friend interested in football. (Aren't I lucky? ;))

When I was in Mardin, some kids were wearing FB uniforms and some GS. The ones wearing GS were teasing the others, saying that they should take that uniform off as GS would certainly be the champion. These boys I met at a restaurant in Midyat forgot their quarrel when they saw me and wanted to pose for me with the donkey. (By the way, this poor, cute donkey was like a toy. He was so quiet and meek, allowing everyone to touch him without the slightest complaint.) I took lots of photos with the kids and the donkey, but this one I liked most, with two former "enemies" becoming friends in a second.

I usually don't post such photos, but I know FB fans are quite unhappy now, so this might cheer them up a little bit. As for GS fans, they are already walking around boasting that the lion has devoured the tamer. ))))

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Additional Photos by Fusun Konyali (tehanu_f) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 769 W: 134 N: 1085] (6896)
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