Meeting Emine

  • Photographer
    Annette Louise Solakoglu
  • Prize
    2nd Place / People /Other
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Company/Studio
    Blick Pictures Inc.
  • Date of Photograph
    February 2020
  • Technical Info
    Full Frame

I got to know Emine and her countless animals during the early spring of 2020. She lives in a cave dwelling in Capadocia, Turkey. Emine learned sheep raising from her ancestors and it is the sole source of her income. Of the shepherds in Turkey, 99% are males. Her income sources are the sale of milk, wool, and butchery animals. I experienced her everyday life; sharing the highs and lows of her solitary and some days lonely existence. There is no running water and electricity is generated by a couple of solar panels hung into the rock face wall. Her name Emine means courageous and trustworthy.

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