The latest in the occasional speed shooting neighborhood documentary series, here are a handful of images shot outside of Istanbul’s famed Spice Bazaar, aka Egyptian Market, over the course of about 20 minutes last Monday (25 April).
Dating back to the 1660s, the Spice Bazaar is the largest and most famous covered shopping area in Istanbul after the massive Grand Bazaar. I didn’t have the time or the interest in going inside; I was more interested by its location as part of the New Mosque, or Yeni Cami complex, near the Galata Bridge that spans the Golden Horn waterway. It’s a lively, busy place, which, even given its popularity and prominent inclusion on tourist maps, remains more used by locals than visitors. That was especially evident on this day, just an hour after strong rains cleansed the area and with the threat that they’d resume still hovering overhead.
I don’t claim that these short series even come close to capturing the essence of a place, but I enjoy the exercise. It keeps my mind focused and my eyes open. I have little interest in photographing ‘the sites’; I’m more interested in the moments.
With that goal in mind, I think only a couple of these managed to stop the clock adequately. The rest are just snapshots of things, colors, shapes and compositions that I want to remember. Especially Malta Erik/Eriği aka Yeni Dunya or Maltese Plum, which tastes kind of like an apricot with a sweet plummy texture. Truly sublime.
For those curious about what’s inside the Spice Market, check out this post from a visit in 2012.
All images made with a Samsung S4 on 25 April 2016.
And for the record: the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 846th straight.
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