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Galip

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Today my body is in the tropical summer but it freezes because in my heart it’s winter in Istanbul. Galip died alone this morning in his Istanbul apartment. Cartoonist, illustrator, scenarist, Galip Tekin was a giant, one of the finest, purest, most talented artists Turkey has known in decades. And Beyoglu -the central district of Istanbul- lost a son, an important part of its soul. Galip Tekin depicted like no other the modern Istanbul of the mobs, the starlets, the prostitutes, the cabarets, the street vendors, the gitans, the poverty, the darkness, the anxious solitude but also the deepest humanity. Galip is the “sutlu kardes” (brothers in arms) of all the fantoms of that city where for many years I lived. And I knew well Galip… I helped introduce him and his work to editors and scenarists abroad and he asked me to curate the first exhibition of his original drawings. Anyway…deep in me and I am sure for the ones who knew him well, we figure exactly how he died.Today the Amazon, the forest, is a barrier for me. It’s wet, it’s hot. I would like to be at his funeral tomorrow and pay him a tribute and to all my too often lonely Turkish artists friends. I am grateful to my friend Zeynep for having suggested to write also my name on her flower crown. RIP Galip / Charles Mordret @canadienerrant #galiptekin #beyoglu #istanbul

Puerto Nariño

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Far, quiet, peaceful. Two hours upstream from Leticia in fastboat, Puerto Nariño is a small town of few thousand souls mainly from Ticuna, Huitoto and Cocama native tribes. Everything is recycled in the town and no car or motorbike is allowed. At dusk people meet at the main square to chat, eat, socialize. With tourism growing fast, doubling every year in the region, Puerto Nariño is definitely an inspiring model for the other communities along the Amazon. / Charles Mordret @canadienerrant #photodiary #amazonia #colombia

Postcard

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Postcard from One End of the World. Village of Puerto Narino, Amazonia, Colombia. / Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

Morning light

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Some morning colors in Puerto Narino, Colombia. Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

Santander Park

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Night in Santander Park, Leticia, Colombia /Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

Fun in the mud

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Teenagers having fun in the mud. End of afternoon in Santa-Rosa, the village facing Leticia, on the Peruvian side of the Amazon. /Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

Companion

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Our companion in the forest. I hear very interesting stories about the relationship between humans and their dogs in some native cultures. In some of them young dogs are forced to absorb a very strong purgative tobacco concoction in order to be pure of bad spirits and tough enough for the hostile environment. Some others apparently even insert spines in the paws of new born poppies to desensitize them and make them tougher. By the way Happy Independence Day to my American friends! /Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

5pm

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Parrots by thousands and some children. Today 5PM. Leticia, Colombia. / Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

Segundo

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I asked Segundo, my Peruvian guide, to show me the jewels of his forest, particularly the trees targeted by illegal loggers. He stopped on our way to show me a specimen of the tallest of Amazonia, the millenial Ceiba, king of all trees. I had in mind while adjusting my camera what Napoleon said to his soldiers in front of the Pyramids: “Forty centuries look down on us”. / Charles Mordret @canadienerrant

Leticia

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Good morning it’s Charles Mordret @canadienerrant posting from Leticia, the Colombian capital of Amazonia. A minute after I took this photo in front of my guesthouse, just as I am writing this, a very heavy rain started. I’ll stick to my plan of going to walk in the forest on the Peruvian side as my guide is waiting for me and can not be reached by phone. I’ll keep posting photos as a diary for the next 6 days. Thanks all for following me!