Through the Lens: Edirnekapı Kuş Pazarı (Bird Market)

Every sunday in the Edirnekapı district of Fatih, right by part of the old city walls, is one of the more interesting spectacles that...
Yıldız Park

Through the Lens: Yıldız Park

  Now is the best season to visit Istanbul's parks and shake off the winter blues. A good place to start is Yıldız Park (yıldız is...

Through the Lens: Haydarpaşa Terminal and Rail Yard

For everyone who has stared with fondness and curiosity at the Haydarpaşa Terminal, either from a passing ferry, the Tibbiye Caddesi bridge to the...

Through the Lens: Kuzguncuk

For best results, click to enlarge images. Surrounded by pine trees in the district of Üsküdar, Kuzguncuk feels like entering the perfect time capsule. One...

Through the Lens: Anıtkabir

For best results, click to see the images in full. Sometimes, a grave can become a celebration of a person's life, and nowhere is this...

Büyükada’s Greek Orphanage: A Photoessay

One of the best parts of visiting Büyükada, the largest and most populated of the Prince Islands, is witnessing the sharp contrast it provides to the...

Through the Lens: Street Art Edition

One day while walking through the streets of Kadıköy searching for inspiration, I stumbled upon a magnificent art piece just ahead of me on the...

Through the Lens: Feriköy Flea Market

Do you love collecting old stuff, or even just love browsing and getting that nostalgic retro feeling? Do you love old music, vinyl records,...

Through the Lens: Beşiktaş Match Day Mayhem

While there are many demographics represented in Istanbul, the city can be divided into three main tribes, based on loyalty to Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, or Beşiktaş. I am...

Through the Lens: Ortaköy

Ortaköy, once literally "the village in the middle" (orta + köy) of the European Bosphorus shore, is a popular touristic sight and a vibrant...

Through the Lens: The Beşiktaş – Kadıköy Ferry

The Şehir Hatları ferry boat line, offering service across the Bosphorus to the Princes Islands and up to the Black Sea, has been operating...

Through the Lens: Caddebostan Sahili

Whether you would like to exercise, indulge in fresh air, or hang with your friends, Caddebostan Sahili is always a good idea. Regardless of the...

Walking to Balat: A Photoessay

There is an Istanbul that is unknown to many visitors; it lives beyond the chaos of Sultanahmet and Beyoğlu, hiding in suburban streets and...

Through the Lens – Anatolian Side: Moda, Kadıkoy

There is an obvious sense of openness within the people on the Anatolian side- a welcoming trait that speaks volumes for those making the...

Through the Lens: The Çapa-Şehremini Above (Black & White)

As someone who lives in the Çapa-Şehremini area, an old neighborhood of Fatih, I spend a lot of time on the complexly interwoven, narrow...

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