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As some of you may know, my career in sexual health was born from my deep and vested interest in creative forms of communication – particularly around subjects that are considered taboo or difficult to discuss openly.  One of my most profound learning experiences occurred during two courses I took while in undergrad at NYU.  Through my studies in Radical Street Performance and Community Based Arts, my love of cultureart and honest communication were synthesized.  Nothing could have helped to prepare me more for the work that I do now…

So this blog post is an homage to my roots: some of my favorite street art and street scenes from our time in Istanbul earlier this year, littered with a few legendary quotes from Banksy.

Layers of spray paint

Layers of spray paint

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“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty, you can make someone smile while they’re having a p*ss.”

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Blank stare

Blank stare

Outside of an antique store in Taxim

Outside of an antique store in Taxim

Pink Cheetah

Pink Cheetah

La Nuit Passee

La Nuit Passee

BX

BX

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“There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.”

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Little boy

Little boy

Bunny-eared couple

Bunny-eared couple

Dog in an armchair

Dog in an armchair

Little lambs

Little lambs

Cat on a pillow

Cat on a pillow

The Gossip Owl

The Gossip Owl

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“Some people become vandals because
they want to make the world a better looking place.

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The musician and the mural

The musician and the mural

Pomegranate drinks...

Pomegranate drinks…

... by the Pomegranate guy!

… by the Pomegranate guy!

Tram sandwich

Tram sandwich

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Up stairs in Taxim

Up stairs in Taxim

Critical Mass Istanbul

Critical Mass Istanbul

Everyone looking at Adrian, looking at the prop store

Everyone looking at Adrian, looking at the prop store

Pizza cat

Pizza cat

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In February 2007, the owners of a house with a Banksy mural on the side in Bristol decided to sell the house through Red Propeller art gallery after offers fell through because the prospective buyers wanted to remove the mural.  
It is listed as a mural that comes with a house attached.

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A beautiful view...

A beautiful view…

Map of our favorite neighborhood

Map of our favorite neighborhood

More from me soon… xojl

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How good to migrate anew everyday. And how beautiful to settle anew everyday.
– Rumi, via Dream and Reality at Istanbul Modern

November in Arba Mich, Ethiopia

November in Arba Minch, Ethiopia

It is sunrise here in Istanbul, and I find myself awake and listening to the sounds of a distant mosque’s call to morning prayer.  Lying in bed and scrolling through my photos, I am overwhelmed by how lucky I am to be able to travel around the world and do what I love for a living.

I am truly grateful for the experiences I have had…

Turkish coffee with a friend in the Tophane District of Istanbul, Turkey

Coffee with a friend in the Tophane District of Istanbul, Turkey

Evenings in Arba Minch, Ethiopia

Evenings in Arba Minch, Ethiopia

the people I have met…

the people I have met…

Market Day in Jinka, Ethiopia

Market Day in Jinka, Ethiopia

Outside a family home in Ethiopia's Omo Valley

Outside a family home in Ethiopia's Omo Valley

Ethiopia's Hammer Tribe

Ethiopia's Hammer Tribe

the beautiful things I have seen…

the beautiful things I have seen…

"Bridge of God" in southern Ethiopia

"Bridge of God" in southern Ethiopia

Baboons outside of the Ethiopian Crocodile Market

Baboons outside of the Ethiopian Crocodile Market

Donkeys on the road to Konso, Ethiopia

Donkeys on the road to Konso, Ethiopia

Sand sculptures on the beach in Durban, South Africa

Sand sculptures on the beach in Durban, South Africa

and all of the wonderful work I am privileged to do.

and all of the wonderful work I am privileged to do.

Gathering for an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony & teaching women how to use a Female Condom

Gathering for an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony & educating women about the Female Condom

Taking questions on stage in my CONDOMIZE Zone at ICASA 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Taking questions on stage in my CONDOMIZE Zone at ICASA 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

And with gratitude for your loving support and kind attention…

With gratitude for your loving support and kind attention –

More from me soon.  xojl

More from me soon. xojl

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Inside the Byzantine walls

Inside the Byzantine walls

On my way to Ethiopia for the second time this fall, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in Istanbul, Turkey.  Here are a few photos from our time in the Old City…

Lunch with Adrian in the Sultanahmet District

Lunch with Adrian in the Sultanahmet District

Antique photographs hidden in the corner of a stone wall in the Old City

Antique photographs hidden in the corner of a stone wall

The Sultanahmet Mosque (or "Blue Mosque") as seen from a royal viewing platform

The Sultanahmet Mosque (or "Blue Mosque") as seen from a royal viewing platform

The snail is a reminder to go slowly - children are crossing

The snail is a reminder to go slowly - children are crossing

Beautiful tiles outside the shops in the Old City

Beautiful tiles outside the shops in the Old City

Sipping Raki at an outdoor cafe

Sipping Raki at an outdoor cafe

Invited to afternoon tea with new friends

Invited to afternoon tea with new friends

I have just landed back in Istanbul again this morning and am thrilled to be able to stay here for the coming week 🙂  More photos from this trip, as well as our time in Ethiopia, coming soon!

Many thanks, as always, for reading… xojl

Circa Joy Lynn

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