I was impressed with Istanbul. I’m sure there are few people who see the city that aren’t left at least slightly awed by how stunning it is. It’s also just such a wonderful place for photography.
But, to no one’s fault but my own, I really didn’t have a great story-worthy experience in Istanbul.
I loved getting down and relaxing on Galata Bridge with a warm apple tea in one hand and nargile in the other, even if it was bloody cold out.
I loved watching the people in Istanbul, there’s such an interesting collection of people there. Initially, I liked the food too.
However, the taste of the food got fairly monotonous over time. I honestly couldn’t wait to get some other style of cuisine after a couple days. But most of all, I loved taking pictures in Istanbul. It really is such an interesting place to try to capture.
Each time I post one of these photo articles I feel like I’m letting you people down. I swear, I’ll start posting travel adventure stories to go along with the photography shortly. However, Europe has simply been way too easy for me. As sad as it may be, I really do feel like I need to be shot at, hang out with Costa Rican Prostitutes, or stare a lion in the eye these days just to have a story to tell. Europe is predictable, even places like Istanbul which certainly are more raw than the more dull cities like Vienna.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the photos of Istanbul. I focused most of my photography around the fairly touristy part of the city. Don’t be mad at me for not getting more of the city in this set of pictures. Turkey really is an intriguing country to me, and I hope to someday get back and photograph the other parts of the country, of which I’m sure are also worthy of some snaps.
Hagia Sofía Photography
The Blue Mosque in Photos
The People of Istanbul
The Streets and Markets of Istanbul
Galata Bridge Photos
Planning a Photography-Focused Trip to Istabul
I don’t even know where to start here. Istanbul is just an incredible place for photography. I love how accessible the city is to the rest of the world. You can almost get here on a direct flight from anywhere on the planet. With that in mind, don’t plan just one photography trip to Istanbul, plan plenty.
I personally think you need a minimum of 4 full days to properly experience Istanbul and cover the various photography locations. For accommodation, you’ll find plenty around the area of The Blue Mosque. Most of the smaller hotels are great value.