The Turkish saying “Tesadüf Eseri” which can be translated in to English as “coincidentally, simply means grand coincidence. The words tesadüf (coincidence) and eser (work of art) come together to form the saying. The work consists of a single framed sepia photograph of presumably railway conductors from the late 1800s which I stumbled upon in a second-hand shop in Istanbul in 2013. It was not until 2015 that I noticed the back cover was torn which led me to discover a second photograph hidden behind it. It took almost a century for someone to find out about the workings of this humorous anonymous photographer.
‘The universe is full of magical things waiting for our wits to grow sharper.’
A Shadow passes, Phillpotts, Edan, 1919