Jul 102011
 

Travel is made of many encounters. Sometimes, caution is needed as you never know what are strangers intentions. Yet most of the time it is worthwhile to take a little risk and let you people lead you to new places.

Indeed, as we entered the centuries old Valide Han market, we met this tea seller. Talking exclusively in Turkish, he pointed to a dark stair leading up. We took it with a little hesitation as the decorum was reminiscient of some of the best horror movies. In the second floor, things only got better as nobody was to be seen, just the sound of a door opening here and there in the dark tunnels. Suddenly, we faced another man, sitting and busy twisting plastic pieces. Here again, a flow of Turkish words followed and him pointing to my camera and to the floor above with a key in his hand. Obviously he wanted to show us something so we followed, with growing hesitation. After going through another dark tunnel, an old iron door opened leading the way to a steep stair. We went up and suddenly here we were, on top of Valide Han with the most amazing view on Istanbul’s roofs and Galata Bridge. The little risk had paid off. (click on pictures for high res)


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO160


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO160
Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/8000, ISO160

Jul 082011
 

Istanbul boasts a crazy night life and has become one of Europe’s main party spot. Walk in the streets of Beyoglu and you’ll find all kind of activities going on until late at night. (click on pictures for high res).


All pictures with Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO640

Jul 072011
 

On the boats crusing over the Bosphorus, time passes by slower. And gives opportunity for our lives to cross each over.  (click on pictures for high res)


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/8000, ISO160


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160

Jul 062011
 

Between tradition, religion and modernity, the wear of the veil has been a subject of tension within Turkey. Istanbul seems to fare well with it nevertheless, leaving space for everybody’s own beliefs.


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F4/0, 1/1000, ISO160


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F8.0, 1/500, ISO160

Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/20, ISO160 (staged shot)

Jul 052011
 

We made it to Istanbul. This picture was taken a few minutes ago as we discovered the Sea of Marmara before sunset.  (click on picture for high res)


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/8000, ISO160