Istanbul Street Photography

“Sometimes I felt that my happiness issued not from the possibility that Füsun was near, but from something less tangible. I felt as if I could see the very essence of life in these poor neighborhoods, with their empty lots, their muddy cobblestone streets, their cars, rubbish bin, and sidewalks, and the children playing with a half-inflated football under the streetlamps”

 The pathetic protagonist, actually he does not deserve the title protagonist since clearly the city is the hero, Kemal is the love sick overtly obsessed character from The Museum of Innocence beautifully crafted by Orhan Pamuk, like so much else of Istanbul Kemal is of the past, pathetic he may have been but at least he pounded the pavement in pursuit of Füsun, Facebook and Chatroulette has confined the modern stalker to malodorous bedrooms filled with tobacco smoke and crumpled tissues.

Kemal my friend if only you had carried a camera instead of pilfering underwear or whatever it was you filled your grubby little pockets with, then we too could see the essence of life in those poor neighborhoods.

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Street photography is somehow the vehicle and the destination, with a Nikon slung over my shoulder I set off on a journey of no particular route or terminus, exploring a city in transition, in constant flux, and often my happiness is not in the image I have digitized or burned on film but that understanding that comes from a curious eye.

For those that missed it here is a previous post on Street Photography in Istanbul;

Istanbul Street Photographer, A Social Media Story

I have been in Istanbul four years now and high time I organized my Street Photography archive, anyone interested in seeing more images or perhaps the stories behind the images, or should you want to learn more about technique and the fiddly bits do please feel free to get in touch.

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31 thoughts on “Istanbul Street Photography

    1. Thank you so much.
      I am editing images now from Istanbul with the idea of putting them together in a small book, any images that grab your attention please do feel to point out-you can find others on my Fb page and website etc.
      Really appreciate your feedback and input 🙂

  1. Hi John, love your street photography. We are going to be in Istanbul ourselves later this week and hoping to shoot some good street stuff of our own. Would love to meet for a coffee if you’re around? Cheers, Darrin & Sharon

  2. “often my happiness is not in the image I have digitized or burned on film but that understanding that comes from a curious eye.”.

    I love that…It is a unique perspective which undoubtedly informs your work… but I love your point that the experience and understanding you take with you is just as meaningful!

  3. I love this: “often my happiness is not in the image I have digitized or burned on film but that understanding that comes from a curious eye”. It captures how I feel about photography and glad to see others feeling the same.

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