Turkey – the quiet folk of Istanbul

During a UTAS Architecture study trip to western India a few years ago, my lecturer/guide commented that I was frustratingly prone to ‘…viewing the world through a lens’. As a passionate proponent of sketching, a medium in which I’m beyond woeful, I’m not sure that he meant it as a compliment but nonetheless he had a point.

I do see the world through a lens – it’s my way of interpreting the spaces I occupy, however fleetingly. Its a way of taking a brief micro-ecology of movement, gesture, interaction and reaction and reducing it to something tangible – an acknowledgment that a moment has occurred and that, at some level, there is always a story to be told.

To be honest I didn’t like Istanbul for the first few days I was there. It was too big, too touristy and, oddly, too ‘European’. But as with photography, travel and most things, if you take a moment to look there’s always a story.

EM5, m.ZD 12mm, Nokton 25mm, m.ZD 45mm and m.ZD 75mm.

Istanbul - Galata Bridge

What do your eyes see? Galata Bridge

Istanbul - Grand Bazaar

Smoker, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul - New Mosque

Generational dispute, New Mosque

Istanbul - Eminönü Soice Markets

I want it like this… Eminönü Spice Market

Istanbul - Eminönü

Smoke and headscarf, Eminönü Ferry Terminal

time

Time for something, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul - Blue Mosque

A photo the other way, Hagia Sofia

Istanbul - Galata Bridge

Evening pursuit, Galata Bridge

Istanbul - cafe backgammon, Taksim

Just backgammon between friends, Taksim

Istanbul - Galatasaray fans pre-game

Galatasaray fans pre-game, Taksim

Istanbul - Sultanahmed

From below, Sultanahmet

Istanbul - Eminönü

Wholly innocent, Eminönü

Istanbul - Galata Bridge

Food vendor, Galata Bridge

Istanbul - Eminönü

Corn – 1.50TL, Eminönü

Istanbul - Hagia Sofia

Deep in the walls of Hagia Sofia

Istanbul - Coffee vendors, Eminönü Spice Markets

Coffee Men, Eminönü Spice Market

Istanbul - coffee vendors, Eminönü Spice Markets

Coffee Men, Eminönü Spice Market

Istanbul - Eminönü Spice Markets

Coffee Men, Eminönü Spice Market

Istanbul - Coffee vendors, Eminönü Spice Markets

Coffee Men, Eminönü Spice Market

Istanbul - Galata Bridge

Kids, Galata Bridge

Istanbul - Bosphorus Ferry

Age and grace, one of the Bosphorus Ferrys

Istanbul - Eminönü

Neon, Galata Bridge

Istanbul - New Mosque

Stoked to be here, New Mosque

Istanbul - Eminönü Spice Markets

Keeping the roof clean, Eminönü Spice Market

Istanbul - Eminönü

Floating restaurant, Eminönü

Istanbul - bus driver, Harem Otogan

Bus driver just before the 11hr overnighter to Göreme

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13 thoughts on “Turkey – the quiet folk of Istanbul

  1. Pingback: Turkey – the quiet streets of Istanbul | people + other strange creatures

  2. Wow, every photo reeks of a story to be told. Photography often excludes context and sometimes brings the subject into focus down to a pinpoint. Could this cause a different story to be told than the true one? An image is AND isn’t. I find taking a photo to be reductionist, but I feel compelled to click away anyway.
    You DO get around. Always enjoy coming here.

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  4. Hi Nick.. whats not to like about being too European ? lol
    Superb images.. I like the vendor in Yeni Cami and Ayasofia passageway

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