A woman watering her garden outside a building in the residential area next to the Besiktas stadium, Istanbul.
Modernity and tradition meet even in architecture, exalting the omnipresent contrasts in everyday life.
Two girls taking a selfie on the ferry going to the Prince islands in the Marmara sea in Istanbul.
Clothing and technology imported from the west has a great influence in middle eastern
women's everyday life, having become an integrated aspect of it.
Two employees of a wedding shop in Eminou neighborhood take their break.
The friendship and sisterhood are basic values of Islamic culture and at the same time
they represent the starting point in the fight for women's rights
A girl is praying towards the Mecca on a beach on the outskirts of Istambul.
Dayly life is impregnated with religion, lived with spontaneity.
At the right time, believers will halt their activities wherever they find themselves,
taking a moment of prayer to God, rigorously facing the mecca.
An elderly couple resting outside his house in Fener, Istambul.
In poor families the mother contributes to the economic livelihood of the children as well as the father.
The Balat neighbourhood. An upwards gaze shows us fabrics, left hanging to dry in the sun, evoking the image
of the women who hung them a few hours ago. Homely life is a fundamental task in a woman's existence, as well as
a tool for control, in the hands of the husbands and family, as it keeps women entertained and busy,
unable to expand to their full potential or reflect upon their condition and react to it.
Washing machines aren't used in middle to low class houses, so clothes and dishes are cleaned manually,
consuming most of a woman's time and energy, as she often has to clean for, at least, 4 or 5 people.
A girl wearing a headscarf looks around with a sad gaze, standing on her courtyard.
Girls grow fast in the Middle East. They are given a lot of responsibilities from a very young age.
To be born a woman conditions the individual, socially as well as emotionally, from childhood.
On another subject, thousands of people are being forced by current events, primarily the wars shaking up middle eastern
countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Palestine, to abandon their homes.
Entire families have been driven to exile. This makes for a childhood of great distress,
and children often have the gaze of an adult from a very tender age.
A women's underwear and clothes salesman on the outskirts of the Grand Bazar, in Istambul.
Men have or attempt to have complete control of female sexuality, making women experience it as an impure,
dirty thing, whilst they themselves indulge in it with no remorse. The only ones that feel remorse are women,
even when they buy lingerie to enjoy their intimacy with their husbands,
they are tended by a man who will probably not make them feel very comfortable.
Streets around the Eminönü bazar, Istanbul.
A family on their holidays is being entertained by a wandering
salesman on the streets of the market. In the middle of the scene, the eye is caught by the mother's silhouette,
completely covered up by a niqab. Her gaze is the denial of happiness, a mixture of frustration, impotence
and resignation. Women in conservative families must accept the family rules, be it wearing a full body niqab
or marriying a man she doesn't love. A woman who disobeys her family's rules will be repudiated by them.
Thus, many women take the path of submission and resignation, as frustration is safer
and more comfortable than leading a marginal life.
A couple dressed in western fashion is in the middle of a discussion. Next to them, a group of men is sitting outside
the Fatih Camii mosque, close to Sultanamet. Although the mixture of modernity and tradition is apparent,
technology has infiltrated both generations. Although there is a higher population of women, the public and
commercial spaces are completely dominated by men; they occupy most leisure related places, such as parks,
squares, bars, cafés and tea shops. This further conditions women's behaviour on the streets.
Sirasilver Cadessi. A young girl is talking on the phone, dressed in occidental fashion, in front of shops on the most
frequented path in Istanbul, next to Taksim Square. A mother and her son are behind her, the first watching
the girl with an angry and consternated look in her eyes. Older generations behold as disrespectful the act of showing some
parts of the body, such as the hips, legs and shoulders. However, it can be acceptable as long as they don't alter the
moral dogmas, especially in public view. A young girl can wear shorts in Istanbul, but only in some areas of it,
and at certain hours. To show one's body is a symbol of emancipation to young girls, but at the same time it
compromises their freedom, limiting the places they can be in: big commercial streets or confined places like
nightclubs, restaurants or shopping malls.
The streets of Eminönü. A foreshortening of some windows covered by a metal net.
The view reminds one of the female condition in Islam, projected outwardly; she can see the exterior world,
but cannot be seen, and has to overcome tremendous obstacles to reach the light.
To gaze upwardly reveals hidden but full of life things to us, intimate moments frozen behind window frames.
Three Brothers on the streets of Fatih, Istambul.
Girls suffer the burden of family responsibilities from early age.
Two girls in front of a toy stand in the Eminönü market.
Girls have to start wearing a veil when they
hit puberty. After their first period their body is considered to be that of a woman, although her mind is still
that of a child who wants to play. From a very young age girls have the responsibility of covering their curves,
hiding them from the male gaze. Visual contact with a woman's eyes is precious in Islam, girls tend to
avoid it because of the conceptual baggage it contains, thus they seldom establish even the
most basic of contact with people outside their familiar circle.
Balat, Istanbul. A girl looking out of her home's window towards the street, with an annoyed look. This image resumes
the female condition in islam, where childhood becomes the only free stage of a woman, when she can choose how to dress
and express her personality, to later go into the homely phase, taking care of the house and tending to her family.
The little pink dresses create a colorful note, contrasting with the angry and melancholy expression of the little
girl who wants to go out to play on the streets but can't. Why? Because she's a girl.