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Take Your Seat, Türkiye​​

After 10,000 photographs shot over six expeditions,
Take Your Seat, Türkiye now makes its debut.
 
Welcome to an exotic land whose natural wonders, history, and culture
are matched only by the warmth of its people.

Welcome to Take Your Seat, Türkiye!

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Istanbul

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Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Eyup Sultan
Yellow Flowers
Whirling Dervishes
Library
Simit
Camlica Mosque
AKM Library
Galata
Vodafone Park
Taksim
Subway
Library
Galata Tower
Hagia Sophia
Balat
Balat
Ortaköy Mosque
Taksim

Mediterranean

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‘Shoes removed and reverence heightened, we quietly enter Nuruosmaniye Mosque.
In the Fatih district of Istanbul, the‘Light of Osman’ lives up to its name.

The sun illuminates exquisite stained glass as our chair humbly joins an intimate gathering of worshippers.
They openly welcome our message of unity.

 
We are blessed with a very human photograph that shares our connection to each other.’

Termessos
Sunset
Antalyaspor Stadium
Kekova
Side
Aspendos
Antalya Airport
Alanya Castle
Ruins of Kbyra
Manavgat
Oranges
Koprulu Canyon National Park
Aspendos
Mosque

‘The air is still. The gentle breeze blowing across the Mediterranean
smells of oranges and promise as a new day begins.

This sun, like the sun back home, rises with purpose.

She is beautiful. She is too often ignored.
Her display over Türkiye this morning, however, commands our attention.’

Anatolia

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Pamukkale
Diyarbakir
Erzurum
Mount Nemrut
Sivas
Mardin
Cappadocia
Diyarbakir
Mardin
Erzurum
Bursa
Van Cats
Mt. Ararat
Cannakale
İshakpaşa
Fruit Stand
Gobleki Tepe
Mt. Ararat
Iznik Lake
Monastery of Deyrulzafaran
Amasya
Gölcük
Carpets
Mor Gabriel Monastery
Bursa
Olive Grove
Ani Ruins
Kula
Urla
Turbines
Hatay
Taurus Mountains
Surp Giragos Armenian Church
Gaziantep
Rowboat
Pamukkale
Among friends
Van Breakfast
Rumkale
Alacati

'Nature has reclaimed much of what was once a bustling city
built around the carbonate deposits of Pamukkale.

Long after its zenith, the craftsmanship and scale of human ingenuity remain.'

Ankara

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Symphony Hall
Çorbacı
Anıtkabir
Ankara Kalesi
Farmlands
The Blue Room
Piano
Tuz Gölü

'Anıtkabir, the resting place for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk,

founding father of the Turkish Republic, proudly sits on a hilltop overlooking all of Ankara.

The scale of Emil Onat’s design is imposing. The vista equally so.

Amidst all of the magnificent stone and marble, a group of school children cross the square. 

Their youthful enthusiasm brings the meaning of Anıtkabir to life.'

Black Sea Region

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Bicycles
Trabzon
Simsir Forest
Samsun
Stone Arch Bridge
Unye
Basketball
Castle
Picnic
Ferns
Sungulu
Kaçkar Mountains

''The car is hungry', our driver shares as we stop for fuel on our five-hour drive from Samsun to Trabzon.

The sun waits patiently for us as we scout for a backdrop worthy of the Black Sea's invitation.

A quaint harbour, dotted with fishing boats, gives us a memorable sunset and another glimpse of the beauty of Türkiye.'

Portraits

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Take Your Seat is led by Randy & Spencer VanDerStarren.

 

Together, this father-and-son team has given a chair a voice; one that speaks a universal language of unity, responsibility, and individual power that is being shared with audiences around the world.

Take Your Seat and their director's chair have had the privilege of being hosted in 29 countries and counting. We extend a heartfelt thank you for being part of our chair's ongoing journey! Contact us here.

Behind the scenes

We post all our favourite behind-the-scenes pictures to our Instagram. Follow us here.

Van Cats
Göbekli Tepe
Tea
Simsir Forest
Taksim
Mardin Tea
Mountain Road
Bosporus Bridge
Flag and Lanterns
Solar Panels
Iznik
Horses
Bursa Market
Hatay
Izmir
Dervishes
Mardin
Mosque
Baklava Production
Göbekli Tepe
Mt. Ararat
Harvesting Olives
Baking Bread
Mardin
Kedi
Market
Blueprints
Tuz Golu
Kedi Cikabilir
Turbine
Simit
Istanbul
Hatay
Balat
Poppies
Istiklal
Mountains
Cay
Turkish Airlines
Carpet
Palace Window
Taksim
Sheep
Fields
Cappadocia
Pamukkale
Fields
Mount Nemrut
Istanbul
Forest
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Sheep
Cappadocia

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Partners

We wish a heartfelt "​Çok teşekkür ederim!" to the organizations below, and the people behind them, for helping to make Take Your Seat, Türkiye a reality.

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A special thank you is owed to Mr. Mevlüt Yeni, our Turkish brother.

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