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"I took this picture on my way to Istanbul Airport, returning to Saarbrücken from a short trip. We were driving to the northern part of Istanbul, a forest area that has been recently disrupted with the construction of the new airport. Looking out from the window, I remember thinking how peaceful the tones of green are but also can't help but feel frustrated. Many scientists forewarned about how the siting of the new airport will cause problems. This forest area has changeable weather with strong winds and fog; also it is in the bird migration pathway. There were two fully-functioning airports in Istanbul when they started the construction. To build this airport, 13 million trees were cut. Now, engineers are trying to develop new technologies to shift the pathway of the birds and control the weather. As I took this picture, only twenty minutes away from where I was born and raised, I remember not feeling at home anymore. A few months after that, I read that this nine-year-old wind farm in the picture will be moved to another location because it disturbs air safety. I guess it was a good idea to take this picture while I still can."

- Irmak


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