last weeks weekly photo challenge : unfocused

I know I already posted for this theme, but while sorting photos I came across this image that I had to share. Besides that, it’s not my fault that the theme for the next week’s challenge was late appearing and I was thrown off schedule! I was fortunate to see Whirling Dervishes perform in the Galata Mevlevihane (Mevlevi Lodge) in 2005. The building is incredible, and it was a mesmerizing experience. Traditionally all the robes were white and worn by men, but in this presentation, women take part and they wear colored robes. So beautiful.

Whirling Dervishes

The followers of Rumi are known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of God.) You do not have to share their beliefs to appreciate the beauty of the performance.

6 thoughts on “last weeks weekly photo challenge : unfocused

  1. This is a great photo.. I love that they’re movement is a blur!


    1. Thanks. Seeing them was such a thrill, and I was so pleased that a couple of the photos turned out like this!


  2. This is an awesome photo! The area where you are reminds me of a replica of Shakespear’s Globe Theatre where I was able to see Macbeth once! It was an amazing experience and your photo just brought all that back! Wow! Thank you 😀


    1. The Dervish lodge is beautiful. It’s been restored recently and I’d love to go see it again. Hope you get to see it sometime – it’s just part of the splendor of Istanbul.


  3. Fantastic photo!!! You’ve captured the whirl!


    1. Thanks. You have to see it to truly appreciate the meditative quality of the movement. The spinning goes on and on and on! And there is live music from some very interesting instruments. Nothing to book for a party, but interesting.


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