street photography in istanbul


Awaiting news of my visa that was proving to take longer than anticipated, I found myself spending some days in Istanbul.

Istanbul, one of the world's metropolises is not an overly hot place, by Turkish standards anyway, but its humidity does make it easier to break a sweat.

At least to a Norwegian.
At least midday.

That's usually a bad excuse to stay inside, so when the worst of the heat calmed down, we explored various parts of the city using Istanbul's well-connected public transport.  

Tourists to Istanbul would go to visit the main attractions consisting of architectural pieces such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Galata Tower, and others. Attractions that while impressive, are also packed with tourists and touts. Crowded places that don't usually inspire much of a photographic mood. So while I've visited the places, to my realization I've not made the effort to photograph them.

Instead I've been on the look-out for compositions that reveal some glimpses of the Istanbul street life.


There was a more photogenic mosque right behind me, and one of the men inquired why I insisted on photographing the garbage. He didn't know I found the light intriguing for the scene, so when the girls came walking into the frame, it became a worthwhile shot.
Yellow buses of Istanbul, the characteristic Mosques and thirsty people on hot summer's days
More light and shadow
The Galata Tower in the background. It's possible to access the tower which a lot of visitors do for a fee and a very long wait.

Street Markets

There are weekly streets markets in various parts of Istanbul some quite large in size where locals go do their shopping. Busy markets, but the mood mostly vibrant and atmosphere friendly. 

More from the Streets

Istanbul is sliced up by the Bosporus, but bridges, tunnels and ferries make the city united.
Any photo exposition of Istanbul neglecting to feature the cat is probably an incomplete one. The cat enjoys a privileged position in Turkish society and can be found in abundance. It's almost rare not to find them overfed.
Turkey would probably not exist without Chai. 
Boat Builders
Istanbul is recognized by its spires dominating the cityscape