An amateur photographer from Konya, Abdülkerim Uysal is set to go on a motorcycle trip of 5,180 kilometers across Turkey in an effort to contribute to the promotion of Turkey.
Uysal ventured out on a similar Turkey trip lasting nine days last year when traveled by train to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and opened a “Locomotive Photographs” exhibition, comprising the photos taken during his journey in Konya, Ankara, Adana and Istanbul.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Uysal said he had a different project titled “Turkey Tour from the Coast” according to which he would travel with his motorcycle starting from the Sarp border gate in the Black Sea province of Artvin to the southern province of Hatay’s Denizgören village, covering a distance of 5,180-kilometers. “The trip is planned to last 30 days. I will take the journey alone and stay in a tent that I will pitch at nights in a camp,” he said.
Stating that he wanted to contribute to the development of internal and external tourism via his project, he said he would also take photographs of 25 coastal provinces as well as districts and villages attached to them.
Problems of alternative tourism spots to be highlighted:
“Turkey possesses a unique natural landscape but they can’t be utilized for tourism efficiently,” he said, adding, “I applied to the Culture and Tourism Ministry for the support of provincial culture and tourism directorates on my way for my project and got a positive answer. I will visit the culture and tourism directorates of 18 provinces during my trip that will start in Artvin and end in Hatay. I will share my experiences at press conferences to be held at these stops and try to highlight the problems, expectations and future projects for the alternative tourism spots.”
Emphasizing that 2007 was declared by UNESCO as the Year of Mevlana, Uysal said he planned to convey Konya Governor Osman Aydın’s letter, a kind of invitation to the celebrations that will take place during December in Konya, hometown of the 13th Century poet Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi, to the governors of 18 provinces as part of his project.
“At the end of my journey, I plan to launch an exhibition consisting of photographs that I took during my trip of provinces I visited. I will also write a “travel guide”, depicting my road experiences,” he said, adding that he still was not able to find a sponsor for his trip, which he estimated to cost YTL 20,000.
“I will talk discuss this issue with institutions that are likely to support my project. If the support becomes broader, the content of my project expands,” he concluded. Uysal will start his journey in Artvin on July 1.