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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Atach

Travel story and fashion editorial for Scimparello Magazine

Photography and styling: Alexandra Atach

Model Noyemi Pia @noyemipia Location Eastern Turkey

From Scimparello magazine story:

We thank Alexandra Atach for taking us to these magical places and giving us a little history lesson. We would like to pack our bags immediately and breathe in the air of the place where it all began.

Alexandra tells us: “Mesopotamia is a historical region in Western Asia, located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, north of the so-called Fertile Crescent. We visited this region, which today is part of Turkey.

Noyemi’s paternal side of the family originated in eastern Turkey, in the town of Dicle (right where the Tigris river has its source). This project came about during a family trip, inspired by the fact that we were not only in the place where mankind originated, but also where Noyemi’s roots lay.

It was amazing to explore these ancient places, which still hold unknown mysteries.

Like Egil, an ancient city 50 km from Diyarbakir with fortresses and caves dating back to the Armenian kingdom of Sophene.

Or Cayonu Tepesi, a Neolithic settlement in south-eastern Turkey that flourished between 8630 and 6800 BC. It is located north of Diyarbakir, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains.

We then went to Mount Nemrut which reaches a height of 2134 metres; on its summit stand large statues around what is believed to be a royal tomb from the first century BC. It is one of the highest peaks in the area. Many ruins on Mount Nemrud are imperial monuments dedicated to Commagene and Antiochus I.”

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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Atach

Noyemi Pia for Maelle Kids Magazine cover story "American Dream".

Photography and styling: Alexandra Atach

Model: @noyemipia

Location: Bay Area, California, USA.

Clothes: Burberry, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Fendi Kids, Zadig & Voltaire, Massimo Dutti, Molo, Zara Kids.

Publisher: Maelle Kids

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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Atach

Running with the wild horses.

If you know Noyemi, you know her passion for horses... so we couldn't miss the opportunity to bring her to Kayseri, where wild horses live. The provinces are home to the elusive yılkı horses, a living reminder of the rich equine history that has long stretched across Central Anatolia.

Wild horses ( The Turkish word for these horses is “yılkı.”“Yılkı horse means a horse that has been released to nature” ) lives above foothills of Mount Erciyes.

For the villagers, it is expensive to feed the horses through the winter, turning them loose saves money. And it makes [the horses] tough. Today, the horses are often totally wild, and found across a wide swath of Turkey.

On the plains around Mt. Ericyes outside Kayseri in Central Anatolia, several large bands of yılkı roam. The herd near Kayseri has gained a sort of fame.

Therevare the legal owners of over 400 of these wild horses. They ensure that during hard, cold winters, sufficient hay is put out for the horses to eat; they also provide veterinary care if needed. Their ownership also acts as a conservation technique. Theirs private but hands-off management helps protect the way of life to which these wild horses have become accustomed. The horses are harmless and familiar with people, but they are not tamed. You can’t control them or ride them.

Photography: Alexandra Atach

Model: Noyemi Pia

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