By Margaret Sheard …
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By Margaret Sheard …..
We have had contact and promoted many of Richard Chamberlain’s photographic exhibitions and book-signing events for his 2 books of photos during the past few years, and were pleased to hear that he has again produced a lovely souvenir calendar for 2018 with his wonderful old photos of Cyprus taken 63 years ago in 1954.
By Margaret Sheard ……
In October 2016 there was a wonderful gathering of members of the “Frozen Cypriots” group at the Bűyűk Han in Lefkoşa (Nicosia). At this event Richard Chamberlain displayed some of the photographs he took while serving with the British Army in Cyprus in 1954/55 and there was a great deal of interest in these photographs of Cyprus past.
Richard has now received permission from the Lefkoşa Municipality to hold an exhibition of his photographs at the Bűyűk Han which will run for 6 days from Monday 29th May until Saturday 3rd June, and he is very proud and privileged to be able to have the exhibition at this historic venue.
For those interested in photography and the history and culture of Cyprus, this is an opportunity to see very good quality black and white photographs and also later colour photos of some of the same locations all those years before.
Richard has published 2 books, one showing the photographs taken in 1954, and the second book with the addition of more recent shots to give a comparison after a 60 year period, and in some cases there hardly seems to be any change at all.
The Bűyűk Han is a lovely place to visit and very appropriate for this type of exhibition, so it will be well worth popping in to see the exhibition and perhaps have a coffee or stay longer and have a nice meal at the Cypriot Restaurant in Bűyűk Han which serves traditional Cypriot cuisine.
By Chris Schubert (Kuzey-Kibris) and Fred Katzenberger (Nord-Zypern) ……
We have been asked many times about our website and our gallery, and what was the reason and intention for us to start such a project.
Now that we have our 10th anniversary, and have uploaded more than 10.000 photos to our gallery with more than 30.000 visitors on our website, we have been asked by cyprusscene for a retrospect.
Fred has been travelling to North Cyprus since 1981. He met a Turkish Cypriot in Germany every day on the train, when he went to work. The Turkish Cypriot was in Germany for study, and after a while they became friends. Eventually, Fred was invited to visit North Cyprus to meet with his friends and family. Plans were made and so Fred went to North Cyprus for a four week holiday. The four weeks passed quickly and Fred, already infected with the Cyprus Virus, promised to come back. At first once a year, later two or three times, now up to five, six or even seven times a year.
Fred and I met in 2001 through a mutual friend. We became friends, and sometime in 2005, he first told me about North Cyprus. We planned for autumn 2006 to go together with friends to Budapest, but for some reason we didn‘t get it arranged, so Budapest was cancelled and Fred asked me to join him and go to North Cyprus instead. No sooner said than done, plans were made and in November 2006 we travelled together to North Cyprus.
For me, it was the first holiday for several years and also the first holiday that far away from home. A reason for me to take tons of photos. Somehow I was fascinated by the country and locals, as North Cyprus was totally off the beaten track. There was so much to see and explore, people were all friendly and, Man!, they know how to eat there! It didn’t take long for myself to get infected by the Cyprus virus.
Back home I wanted to share my holiday photos with my family and some friends, but the good old time of photographs was over and the screen of my digital camera is not a brilliant solution to show all the pictures. After trying this and that, Laptop here, DVD there, i got fed up with all this stuff and decided to put my photos on a web gallery.
I have run my own server for many years, I had knowledge in creating websites, programing and so on, and I had this gallery software installed on my server just for testing and playing around with. I removed all the photos I had there and started re-arranging everything, created categories for the cities and areas I had visited and made albums for all the different sights.
Finally I was able to show all my friends my holiday photos (Yay!) even when the gallery wasn‘t public at that time, as I didn‘t want to share private photos with the public.
Time was passing and Fred and I decided to go for another trip to North Cyprus in April 2007. Many more photos were taken and back home I also added them to the gallery.
While doing some research on the internet about North Cyprus, I recognized over and over again the same photos. It seemed like the whole of North Cyprus just consisted of the Lala Mustafa Pasa mosque in Famagusta, Kyrenia castle and the Salamis ruins at the Golden Beach. Also, turtles! Turtles everywhere!
I spoke with Fred about this, and while we were talking, I had the idea to make my private photo gallery public. I asked Fred, how about running a web gallery with pictures of North Cyprus to show people, that there is way more to see than just the few sights, you can find on any flyer or brochure.
Boom! It was just minutes until we decided to do it. I started to remove all private photos, made all galleries accessible and we were looking for a design for the gallery, which would fit halfway to what we do. Several styles and designs were tried out, until we chose the one, we are still using today. After all was set up and running, I decided to get a domain for our gallery, as I just used a sub-domain at that time. We chose kuzeykibris.de. For some reason, I didn‘t like it very much and so I got kuzey-kibris.de one day later.
As time went on, the gallery was growing and after another attempt to get some information together, I became tired of all the short and vacuous informative pages, and of course also of all the never ending page-filling texts, where you had to put your information together piece by piece. We decided to add a website additional to our gallery with the most important information in note form.
We chose the same design as the gallery and after a few days of programming and testing, our first draft of the website went online in autumn 2007.
In 2008 some more ideas came up, and every now and then we added some more content or made some changes on the website and the gallery.
After some requests, in 2009 we decided to make another website with the same content in the English language, so we got some more domains and chose north-cyprus.de, nord-zypern.info, and kuzey-kibris.eu.
During this time, we added a Blog, which is not very well used, because usually we share our news on our Facebook page. Also we tried to run a Forum, which was eventually closed down, because we didn‘t see the need for one. I started first a Myspace account, later a Facebook account to promote our website and gallery. A short time later Fred got also a Facebook account for promotion. This also explains our Facebook Names: I started the gallery and the website with kuzey-kibris.de, so I got Kuzey Kibris as a name, while Fred had the idea for the nord-zypern.info domain, and he chose Nord Zypern.
The latest thing we have started are our Instagram accounts. We’re both not really into it, but it works well for promoting our websites.
During all the time, we always wondered why people in North Cyprus always asked us what Kuzey-Kibris.de on our shirts and caps meant. After my Turkish language skills became better, I noticed, that our website domain looks like a horrible typo in the Turkish language. We decided to add two additional domain names: kktc-info.com for the German, and trnc-info.com for our English site. Too bad, everyone actually knows us as Team Kuzey-Kibris.de.
Now it is our 10th anniversary, we have more than 10.000 photos online, 715.000 photos viewed (only viewed in full size counts) and the counter on our website passed 30.000 visits.
A lot has changed and has become more professional and not only on our website and gallery. We started photographing with cheap digital cameras, then got better ones, and finally moved on to DSLRs. We got shirts with logos on them, and business cards with several designs. Pens and lanyards with our internet addresses were made and given away for advertising. We have made a lot of friends everywhere in North Cyprus, happily supporting each other.
We have created several trends. A lot of photo groups on Facebook appeared, after we started promoting our websites there. A lot of photos appeared suddenly of doors, after Fred started his very own door photo gallery. Later it was door-knockers and door-knobs. Later it was detail shots, black and white photography, and now it’s photos at night time.
After all there’s still plenty left to see and explore, so we will continue for the next 10.000 photos.
To visit this wonderful gallery of photographs click here
By Margaret Sheard …..
On Saturday 22nd April, at I Belli Restaurant, Girne, the Mayor of Girne, Nidai Güngördü, officially opened the exhibition of Richard Chamberlain’s photographs which were taken during his national service army days in Cyprus in 1954/55.
At the opening, the Mayor was presented with a lovely framed picture of Kyrenia Harbour and he walked around looking at the photographs with Richard explaining when and where they were taken. There are many photographs of Famagusta, where Richard was stationed, and the surrounding areas and also Kyrenia and other areas of Cyprus taken when Richard and his brother has some time to tour around the island. It is a wonderful collection showing everyday life in Cyprus way back in 1954/55.
For those who haven’t seen these photographs and are interested in the history of Cyprus, it is well worth a visit. Maybe a trip down memory lane for some and a chance to learn how Cyprus was, for others.
The exhibition will be open from Monday 24th April to Saturday 29th April from 3pm till late. I Belli Restaurant has a very large function room at the rear of the restaurant area and this has been made available for Richard to display his many photographs. There is plenty of private parking, with a large car park at the side of the I Belli Restaurant.
Richard has published 2 books, one of his original black and white photographs “Cyprus scenes and Way of Life in Cyprus 1954” which was followed by a second book, also showing the photographs with a colour photo of the same scene in comparison – “Cyprus Scenes and Way of Life in 1954/55 and sixty years later in 2014”. The 2 books have been reprinted and are also available at the exhibition.
If you require any further information you can call Richard on 0533 859 7663 or email Chamberlain958@btinternet.com
By Chris Elliott…….
We have just received the following invitation from Richard Chamberlain to visit his exhibition of old photographs of Cyprus he took whilst serving as a British soldier in Cyprus. He would also like to extend his invitation to all our local readers who would like to come along to his exhibition and see all of those brilliant photographs of old Cyprus.
“Good Morning Chris,
It starts on Saturday, 22nd April at the i-Belli restaurant in GIrne at 11.00 am. The Mayor of Kyrenia has kindly consented to be there to open the Exhibition and food and drinks will be available.
I have about 150 black and white photographs of how Cyprus and its people used to be just before the EOKA campaign. All the captions for the photos are in English and Turkish. There is a large car park at the side of the i-Belli restaurant which is nearly opposite Lemar Supermarket. All the photos are available in a book I have published, which is on sale at 40TL, signed by me, the author/photographer.
If your readers cannot make it on Saturday, the exhibition is on for the rest of the week, starting at 3pm in the afternoon till late in the evening and I very much look forward to seeing you all there.
By Margaret Sheard …..
Many people will have met Richard Chamberlain during his frequent visits to North Cyprus over the past few years and it was always his wish to live here permanently, and after the sad loss of his wife a couple of years ago he decided to fulfil his dream and moved to North Cyprus.
Richard still loves photography and has updated his original book of photographs taken in 1954/55 “Cyprus Scenes and Way of Life in 1954” to include more recent ones of the same scenes “Cyprus Scenes and Way of Life in 1954/55 and sixty years later in 2014”.
There have been previous exhibitions of Richard’s original black and white photographs, taken way back in 1954/55 with his little French camera, which he bought for £8 in 1951, and they are excellent quality showing how things used to be in Cyprus 63 years ago.
An exhibition of these photographs has been arranged at the I Belli Restaurant, Girne to be held on Saturday 22nd April from 11am till late and Monday 24th to Saturday 29th April from 3pm till late.
Richard will also have his 2 books available which have recently been re-printed and are excellent accounts of Cyprus past, which he will be pleased to sign for you.
For those people who are interested in the history of Cyprus, this is a must exhibition to attend. There is plenty of parking space at the side of the I Belli Restaurant as well as nearby shopping areas.
If you require any further information you can call Richard on 0533 859 7663 or email Chamberlain958@btinternet.com
By Chris and Fred (alias Kuzey Kibris and Nord Zypern)
The Canakkale POW Cave. Or: How to get fooled by the Ministry of Tourism
I had heard some rumours about a POW cave somewhere up in the mountains, and of course it aroused my interest as soon as I heard about it.
In 1915 Turkish prisoners of war were captured in Canakkale (Gallipoli) battles by the British forces, transported to Cyprus and kept in a POW camp near Famagusta. Some of them escaped and were hidden by Turkish Cypriots in the so called POW cave.
I tried to do some research, but I could not find anything about it (as usual!).
We prefer to travel the Iskele – Ercan road instead of the motorway. Driving there is much more relaxed and there‘s way less traffic. One day, we saw a sign about the POW cave in Serdarli. What a surprise! We followed the road up into the mountains, the same route as to the Antifonitis Monastery Church. Up in the mountains, where the road splits up to Ergenekon/Tirmen, Esentepe and Bahceli, we found another sign showing the 4th way up the mountain, where the water reservoir is. We tried to follow the road by car, but after a few 100 meters we weren’t able to go any further, because the road was too bad. We turned around and skipped our plan for the day.
Some time later, we wanted to start another attempt to find the cave. There are plenty of signs mounted to point out the cave everywhere, even next to the motorway, so the cave must be something really interesting and easy to find.
We went to the crossing up in the mountains and parked our car. At first we noticed, the sign at the crossing has been removed. Thank goodness we saw the sign the last time we had been up there and we remembered a power pole nearby. Otherwise we would have had no idea which way to go.
Following the road up into the mountain, we started very soon to enjoy the great views over the north coast towards Esentepe and Bahceli.
Fred started to ask how far it is. “According to the signs everywhere, I think it must be easy to get there and I don‘t think it is too far“ was my clueless response. It didn‘t take too long and we ended up like the Smurfs. Is it much further? After about 1 kilometer we found finally a sign showing us the way along the road. Seriously, where else if not following the road?! However, no cave in sight, but at least we were still on track.
We followed the road which was winding up the mountain. After about another kilometer we found another sign, telling us to follow the road. Imagine that!
The view was stunning! We were able to see stone arches and monolithic rocks on the hillside towards Esentepe. It was all very quiet up there, the fresh air and a light wind were amazing as we continued our (never ending) journey to the cave.
Some time later, we were able to spot the Panagia Apati church, which looked somehow mysterious, standing there between the trees on the hillside in the middle of nowhere in the sunlight of a late afternoon, and, imagine that, we saw another sign telling us to follow the road. Yay!
Still following the road, we noticed we were close to the top of the mountain, so I tried to cheer up Fred by telling him that we‘re almost at the top, so it can’t be very far from now on. Well…. My bad!
We finally arrived on top (we thought) and followed a path on the mountain ridge, which turned around a rock formation and we were able to see the other side of the mountain. We could see all the villages we had passed, and in the far distance we saw Famagusta, Nicosia and the Troodos mountains. Only thing we could not see, was that cave we were looking for. Dang!
We continued after a short break and to our disappointment we realised that we still were not at the top. The road still climbed higher and higher. The smell of the pines to the left and right of the road was in the air, while we were following the road through the forest.
Time was running by, it was getting later and later and sunset was in about 2 hours, so we split up. I was hurrying ahead while Fred was following me slowly. If I was able to find the cave within the next half an hour I would call him. Otherwise I would return so we could reach the car in daylight, because neither of us would have liked to poke around in the pitch black, while being in the middle of nowhere.
The sun went down behind the mountain, when I reached a fairytale like area. The bent trees and odd-looking rough rock formations looked like straight out of a fantasy movie. In the fading sunlight somehow eerie and beautiful at the same time. I stopped for a short break to take some photos and to immerse myself with those impressions.
However, time was running on so I had to continue. I decided to follow the road as far as I could see from this point. If then there‘s no cave, I will return to Fred, as I also was becoming tired. When I was about to turn around, I noticed something in the distance. It looked like another sign to me, so I decided to go until that point and look for any hints how far it could be.
As I was getting closer to it, I noticed a second sign. A big one! looking like something memorial or such. I arrived and there was really a sign with an explanation for the cave! I had made it! But my joy didn‘t last long, as I looked at the other sign, telling me “Cave – straight down hillside‘.
A small path led down the hill and ended suddenly. The ground was plain soil and a saw myself losing my almost new camera with the brand new lens, down the hill, because had I lost my balance I would have fallen so I grabbed every root or clump of grass I could reach, while looking around for that … cave.
I was not able to find it! There were tons of signs everywhere and they really saved money for the last sign! Instead of the left side of a rock down the hill, where the cave is located, I was looking on the right, and it would have been easier to get to on that side and the area nearby.
With a slight touch of grumpiness, I climbed up to the road again, where Fred already had arrived. I told him, that I couldn‘t find the cave and we decided to go back to the car.
After all that, I can say I was angry that they had saved money on the last sign, at least they could have made marks with a spray can. On the other hand, we had a great day, and the stunning views we had were greater than the disappointment.
After some time I had a chat with a friend, who has been up there and visited the cave. Now I know where it is, and at least I can say I was close to it. If I ever get a small Jeep as a rental car I might go there again. If not…. well…. it‘s just a cave. If you have seen one, you have seen them all. So no real need for another visit and besides that it is a long way up there…. and there might be spiders in the end! Yuk!
To see more of the huge amount of photographs in the Kuzey-Kibris gallery visit the website by clicking here
If anyone has a photo of the actual cave perhaps they would like to share it with us.
To commemorate the 5th year anniversary of the death of Rauf Raif Denktaş and the 33rd year anniversary of the death of Dr Fazıl Kűçűk, the TRNC Public Information Office have put together a virtual exhibition of photographs from their archives, which is themed “Our Memorable Leaders” and consists of 38 photographs.
The PIO online collection can be viewed until 20th January 2017 by clicking here.
By Margaret Sheard…..
It was a long climb up through Bellapais but well worth the effort and I arrived at the Gardens of Irini a little breathless but pleased to be able to meet up with Jay Wadams and his partner Max and see Jay’s wonderful photography which was on display as an exhibition of his work.
The exhibition opened on Thursday 26th May and ran until Sunday 29th May. Jay said it had been very successful and there had been many people who had come to see his work, which is a result of his talent and the experience gained during his many travels.
It was lovely sitting in the garden which is very tranquil and be able to admire Jay’s work in a very leisurely manner and catch up with what he has been doing since his last exhibition.
Last year Jay had mentioned that he was working on an illustrated cookery book which will include many of his favourite recipes. He said he is still working on it and the book should be completed for publication in 2017.
One of the reasons for the delay in completing the cookery book is that Jay has been assisting Deidre Guthrie with the formatting and publication of a book which was written by her father John Guthrie which is an account of the family’s life in North Cyprus. The book which is entitled A Bell in Bellapais will be printed in Germany and will be available in North Cyprus in July. From what we could gather I would think this will be a very appealing read, especially for those who know the area well. Jay designed the cover for the book which looks very attractive.
What with photography, cooking, writing etc. Jay and Max live a very busy life, their home base is in Munich, and besides their trips to North Cyprus, which they both love, Jay likes also to return to his homeland – New Zealand at least once a year.
It was nice to catch up with Jay again and we wish him well with his future photography and hope to see the results at a future exhibition here in North Cyprus.