Looking for the Roman aqueduct in Istanbul, I chose to make my way through the backstreets instead of circumventing the dense quarters of the old inner city by broad throughways. The backside of things can be quite revealing of our world's inner workings. The scenery in Istanbul Green strikes me as a particularly adequate metaphor on how we relate to external and inner nature. Man has come to rely on artificial air conditioners to make (urban) life bearable, while living flora has been reduced to fulfill a job as decoration.

Our dwellings are not just shelters from natural elements anymore: They have evolved into fortresses, protecting us from other people. Architecture - and design, for that matter - reflect our inner state of mind, in brick, concrete and steel. Yet, when by chance I encounter a scene such as this, all my intuition keeps telling me is that this might make a fine photograph. In the beginning was the image...

-Andre' Homan, Inspiration|Design for Mankind, Issue 4, April 2008