Shooting the Streets – Istanbul, Vol 2

Money change shop Istanbul

I’ve made no secret about the fact that Istanbul is one of my favorite cities. It breathes, sighs, laughs and cries history. Cultures and eras live and play side-by-side. Which makes it –the city, that is– all the more appealing as a photographic subject, a massive sprawling canvas with no beginning and no end. As such, there’s no particular theme at play here, just a selection of images from the Istanbul streets snapped with my mobile phone as I was out and about on Saturday afternoon, 23 April 2016.

More specifically, in the sprawling city’s Fatih and Eminonu districts. The photo at top is in front of one of the city’s ubiquitous money change shops. Immediately after I took this, the woman slowed slightly, looked towards me and smiled. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of that, but I did smile back.

Photographically, some work better than others. Considering the limitations of my Samsung S4, a few I like a lot while others serve simply as memories. My apologies in advance if that indulgence crosses any lines.

In case you missed it, here’s another brief photo stroll, cleverly entitled 40 Minutes on Akdeniz Caddesi, a street that’s also located in Fatih, shot the day before this.

Enjoy the stroll!

Chef and food on display at an Istanbul Restaurant
Chef and his creations on display at an Istanbul Restaurant


Tea break Istanbul
Tea break, near the Sultan Ahmet or Blue Mosque


Drums and Peace and Love and Health Istanbul
Peace and Love and Health and drums.


Love Tea
Love Tea. Some of you may have seen this before. Or even tried it.


Old posters Istanbul
Old posters


Roasted chestnuts and roasted corn Istanbul
Roasted chestnuts and roasted corn, Istanbul


Trash recycler Istanbul
Trash recycler, Istanbul


Book shop window, Istanbul
Book shop window


Ataturk is everywhere - Istanbul
Ataturk is everywhere Istanbul


Souvenir shop Istanbul
Souvenir shop. No, I didn’t buy a thing.


Chef and food on display Istanbul
Pieces and parts of one of my favorite cuisines. Typical restaurant window, Istanbul.


Food on display Istanbul
Pieces and parts of one of my favorite cuisines II. Istanbul


Near the Spice Bazaar Istanbul
Near the Spice Bazaar


Visit rules Blue Mosque Istanbul
Rules for visitors, Blue Mosque, Istanbul


Turkish lunch Istanbul


Turkish Delight sweets at a souvenir shop Istanbul
As over-indulgently sweet as they look. Turkish Delight sweets.


Mixed seafood plate, Istanbul
Mixed seafood plate, Istanbul. Also part of our lunch.


AK Party billboard, Istanbul
AK Party billboard, Istanbul



And for the record: the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,140th straight.


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  1. yodandalek says

    Lovely photoset Bob. Istanbul is one of our favourite cities too and your reasons echo with us! 🙂

  2. gardeninacity says

    Thanks for bringing back these memories of Istanbul. What a fantastic city. And that food! I thought the ruling party was downgrading Ataturk – he certainly was everywhere when we visited in 2013. Even saw a statue of him in top hat and tails. I hope the political situation improves.

    1. Bob R says

      I visited there in 2012 and 2016 and didn’t see a demonstrable difference with the number of Ataturk references and images. Not sure how that’s changed over the past ten months.

  3. judyrutrider says

    I first fell in love with Orhan Pamuk’s “Istanbul” and then became enamored of its people when I read his novels. Your photos serve to move Istanbul farther up the bucket list. Very tantalizing.

    1. Bob R says

      I’m generally a big fan of Pamuk’s writing but had a difficult time finishing ‘Istanbul’; its overarching melancholy forced me to set it aside. I promised myself that I’d pick up again a few weeks prior to my next visit there. 🙂

  4. Katie featherstone says

    Quite excellent photos. 🙂

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