Ivory Muqarnas by Joel Levinson

Ivory Muqarnas by Joel Levinson

Fifteen photographs taken in Turkey by Chestnut Hill architect-turned author/photographer Joel Levinson are now on exhibit at Trattoria Moma, 7131 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy.

The subjects include images of the interior of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and a small farm scene that looks more like a painting than a photographic print. Other dramatic images include the circular blue/black pools at Pamukkale, a colorfully decorated ceiling at the Topkapi Palace, a weathered building overlooking the Bosporus, and the almost invisible houses built into the rock formations in Cappadocia.

Levinson photographed the rock formations from a balloon, high above this strikingly rugged and colorful landscape. The show also includes a shot of four, joyful young girls resting on a bench during a visit to Ataturk’s Mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey.

Readers of this paper may recall that Joel Levinson wrote about his trip to Turkey in an article published in the Chestnut Hill Local in December 2014. The humorous account of his travels, “Surviving Turkey – 15 days in Istanbul” can be seen on the Local’s website and under writings at joellevinson.info

This is Levinson’s second one-man show at Trattoria Moma, The restaurant is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. till 10 and Friday and Saturday, from 4 p.m. till 10. Reservations are required 267-437-3838.

The photographs are for sale, and the show runs until January 1.

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