Istanbul, Turkey – this must be one of the most photogenic places in the world. I found constant inspiration from both the people and the architecture, so much so that I had to split my Postcards series into two parts for this amazing city. Here is part 1, the people of Istanbul.
Galata Bridge isn’t just a crossing, it’s a destination. Every morning, the fishermen cover the bridge all the way across the Golden Horn to catch their dinner and the fish that grace the tables of the many nearby seafood restaurants.
Topkapi Palace becomes a place of contemplation for this young boy. Or maybe he’s just tired; the palace complex is big enough to take it out of anyone.
A shopkeeper surrounded by his wares in the early morning, before the hordes of tourists and locals alike descend upon the Grand Bazaar.
Backgammon, or talva, is basically the national sport of Turkey. One of the oldest known board games, it’s been played in the eastern Mediterranean for centuries. Any flat surface is sufficient invitation to start a game.
Ice cream vendor, making the most of a high traffic area and the heat of midday. Turkish ice cream, called dondurma, is made from milk, sugar, sales flour, and mastic to keep it from melting. These street vendors have to churn it often to keep it workable and often do so by putting on quite a show.
Stay tuned for part 2!