In May 2014 the Lane Library will host a picture exchange with a photo group based in Istanbul Turkey entitled Large City Small Town: We all walk in the same world. A library in Turkey will host pictures from a Hampton photo group in their gallery space as well, providing patrons of each library with a glimpse into the daily lives of people halfway around the globe. The brainchild of Katharine Harake, who lives in both worlds, the photo exchange is facilitated by Karen Raynes, who collected and mounted the photos of Hampton and Istanbul for display in the library.
The idea took off when Katharine started thinking about her early life in Hampton. "I benefited greatly from growing up in a town like Hampton with such a great library and was curious why libraries are not as prevalent in Turkey, where I have lived for nearly 20 years.
I visited an award winning library in Istanbul last year called Turabibaba, and was very impressed by their efforts to improve the reading culture in their neighborhood. Their director, Mustafa Erdem, uses innovative programs like speed reading classes and youth activities to bring readers through the door. I told him about life in Hampton and the library, and he suggested some type of cultural exchange to help raise awareness. We decided on a photo exhibit showing pictures of Hampton and Istanbul, taken by photograph enthusiasts such as Karen and the others in her group. Most of the photos in Istanbul are taken by members of the photo club of an expat group called International Women of Istanbul headed by an English expat ( and very talented photographer) named Julia Cooke. She has been an invaluable help in putting this exhibit together.
Turkish people often ask me what life is like in Hampton, and people in Hampton are equally curious about my life in Istanbul. These pictures give a glimpse into both worlds, and while viewers can make their own judgements I ultimately hope it will spark the same curiosity that motivated me to learn about the world - with the help of their local library."
Katherine will be here to talk about her experiences in Turkey on Monday, May 5th at 6:30 PM. All are invited, with light refreshments provided by the Library. In addition to images by Karen, photographs of life in Hampton are kindly provided by Christina Kraich-Rogers, John Gebhart, Marcia Hannon-Buber and Darrell Eifert.