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Turkey: "our own style of eating yogurt" takes viewers on both a visual and cultural journey. Encounter colorful images as well as proverbs distilled over many generations still used to communicate Turkish common sense today.

The Turkish proverb, "Every man has his own style of eating yogurt," is used to remind us that others have different ways of doing things and therefore we should appreciate and allow the differences.

This photographic collection brings humans closer together by inviting you to both identify with our common humanity, and to appreciate our differences. Each approach helps us bridge the gaps between "Us & Them."

Photographer, Mario Mattei, lives and works in Turkey. He is the co-founder and president of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP).


About the Author

Mario Mattei
mmattei Austin, Texas
Mario Mattei, filmmaker & photographer, is a visionary, storyteller, & people-person at heart. His globe-trotting work has taken him to Turkey, Kashmir, Malawi, Kazakstan, & Jordan. Mario is passionate about contributing to the common good & adding value in the marketplace. Besides creative directing at design & web solutions companies, Mario's commercial viability stems from experience pursuing visual peacemaking. In 2009, Mario moved to Turkey. There he founded The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers & produced photographic works & micro documentaries. He also founded the non-profit, Visual Peace Media. Mario's current documentary, Dance the Past into the Future, explores the rapidly changing culture of northeast Turkey. It's been a while since his early days of Kodak film, graffiti, rock bands, & education at ASU & the Art Institute of Phoenix. But one thing remains: Mario carries a creative vision inspired by a big, vibrant world that he loves giving back to.

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