Welcome to Istanbul. Steve and I had a very quick four days in October 2013, merely enough for a superficial sampling of a very complex city, its people, cultures, history, and modern rhythms, tensions and problems. We focused our time mostly in the historic core and nearby neighborhoods on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait. Outside of the historic core, we crossed the Golden Horn on the Galata Bridge, both by tram and by walking, took the underground funicular to Galata Tower, and traveled by ferry across the Bosphorus to the Asian side. http:/​/​en.​wikipedia.​org/​wiki/​Istanbul

The photography: The sky and light, for the most part, were bright and cloudless, not ideal outdoor shooting for my tastes. I concentrated on 1) architecture, seeking a studied, formal approach, mostly without people in the shots as much as I could, and on occasion with a tripod or monopod, and 2) street photography, always looking and assessing, sometimes finding an interesting space and waiting for something to happen, sometimes coming back a second time. As always, I usually and actively sought spaces the tourists are not.

Istanbul Intrigue

Istanbul Intrigue

Colors

Colors

Mosques

Mosques

Streets

Streets

Contemplative

Contemplative

Haydarpasa Gar

Haydarpasa Gar