- June 7, 2013
- 11 comments
- Posted by EdGraham
- Asia Travel, Destinations, Europe Travel, Photography, Turkey, Turkey
Istanbul: A Photo Essay
Last month I spent the better part of a week in the incredible city of Istanbul, Turkey. I was caught off guard at what a lively city it is – the people are passionate above all else. They’re proud of their history and they have an active and vested interest in their future. It’s plainly obvious that this ancient city is as alive today as it ever was. Visiting Istanbul is a fascinating look at a history and culture that’s still evolving.
Pictures from Istanbul
Istanbul is photogenic and that’s an understatement. The light always seems to be good and there’s no end to things to take pictures of. For the first time ever, I brought four cameras – three film and one digital (I carried just one or two at a time). I came back a very happy photographer. I’ve already shared my film shots from Istanbul, so I thought’d I’d take you through a virtual photo tour of the city as seen by me and my digicam.
Istanbul is a modern, busy, chaotic city
Istanbul comes complete with all the problems inherent to a city of it’s size. Crowds and lines were everywhere which is challenging for an open spaces lover like me. On more than one occasion I had to revert to my Indian travel coping mechanism: seek a quiet area, gather myself, and recharge before taking on the next series of bustling crowds. But by the end of the short trip I actually began to welcome the crowds because I started to view it as an experience in and of itself.
I’m normally not a huge fan of portrait or people photography of any kind. In fact I prefer my pictures to be entirely devoid of people, instead favoring landscapes and architecture. This is nearly impossible in Istanbul unless you’re willing to wake up at ungodly hours of the morning (which I did). But during the day I resigned myself to shooting pictures with people in them, and I came away pleased with the results. Perhaps I’ll do more with people travel photos in the future.