I've always believed that photography is a form of autobiography. When the decision is taken and the exposure is made, then a highly personal statement reflects in the square. My insight and emotional state while shooting can be seen in my photographs on my blog since I started -exceptionally the ones used as a reference. I stopped the world, I stopped myself, I managed to bridge my amateur experience with my actual photographs. Very-very personal, truly magical, autobiographical:)
As it's known, merging the Marmara sea and the Black sea, the Bosphorus divides the City into two parts, Asia and Europe. As a bridge spanning the Asian and European continents. Marmara sea is so calm and you can explore the Princes' Islands. In the Asian part, there's two main districts. One of them is Kadikoy. Kadikoy is founded in the 7th century B.C. as a Greek colony called Chalcedon in antiquity (today's Kadikoy) was a summer place preferred by top officials, not only in the Roman and Byzantine periods, but also in the Ottoman era as well. Near the end of the 19th century, non-moslems and Levantines settled in Moda, which is today very famous for its ice-cream.
* Map taken from Time Out Istanbul.
A short walk from there, then I take you over to 6km long Bagdat Avenue (or known also Bagdat Street), that's one of the most famous shopping districts in the Istanbul. Me, too, live only a few minutes walking distance from this street. To live here in this area, I can say that it's a different kind of quality life. Firstly we've lived in the European side, then with the decision of my parents' strong desire to live in a more green area, we moved into this area of the Asian part when I was 12y.o. People are not too busy here (of course it does not mean that they are sleeping, smile:). People are warm and generous. You can find it almost every hour to be crowded with the people shopping, walking down and up, dining at restaurants, sitting at cafés/pubs. There's about always a festival or a celebrating of activities -music, dance, racings, sports- somewhere here. Afterwards, it's such a beautiful and interesting place, rich in details. Most of my friends -non Turkish- always tell me how it's modern and very-very european more the European part of the City. Next time our meeting point will be European side. We will see if it is more European;)
Now I share my favorite photographic moments, that all taken between the period of this summer and spring in and around my home. You can refer to the ' Keywords table by area name ' at the top where is where in order.
Here you are in my homeland and I'm waving you from my window:)