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Wide angle: a photo walk through Istanbul, Turkey

I am feeling inspired by the rich cityscape of Istanbul: the kaleidoscope of colours, the exotic scents that hang on humid air, the lovely clash and clamour on the streets. Some of my favourite days here have been spent wandering the labyrinth of possibilities, taking time to notice and capture the quirks that collectively create this unique city.

I’ve been particularly drawn to the textures; I’m loving how corrugated iron, dusty concrete and chipboard façades abut, forming varying surfaces in this shape-shifting city. And the palette, oh so vibrant, jumping from tiles and carpets and walls to dance in a dizzying blur around me. I’ve also developed a fondness for the way disrepair flirts with the delightful; the streets graciously host these derelict characters as if they understand that they need a gritty edge to hold their own.

Here are some of the images from my recent walks.

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20 comments on “Wide angle: a photo walk through Istanbul, Turkey

  1. Sarah Garvey
    April 24, 2012

    Was the tree painted or strung with some kind of knitting? It looks lovely.

    • Nic Freeman
      April 24, 2012

      It was covered in a custom-knitted tree sweater. Each patch had been individually knitted and, I imagine, knitted together around the tree. It was lovely. And people were hugging it!

      • Ruth Hubbard
        May 24, 2012

        Guerilla knitting!!

      • Nic Freeman
        May 26, 2012

        Isn’t it wonderful! Thought of you and Bristol as soon as I saw it.

    • Justyna
      September 23, 2012

      Sarah: That looks like a tree sweater to me. We have them all over Austin, TX. Now that I think about it…why do we have them here? It never gets cold! :)

  2. Gunta
    April 24, 2012

    Graffiti just like back home ;)

    • Nic Freeman
      April 24, 2012

      I love finding inspiring street art all over the world. Makes me feel like we are all one people, despite our many languages.

  3. I HAVE A VOICE
    April 24, 2012

    Unbelievably and beautiful ~Ye wonderful !

  4. andreasherrodd
    April 24, 2012

    Love the detail shots–beautiful!

    • Nic Freeman
      April 24, 2012

      Thanks Andrea, glad you like them. Taking them kept me very happily occupied.

  5. Karen @ Folk Haven
    April 24, 2012

    Gorgeous photos!

  6. lostdododesigns
    April 25, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful images! Thanks for sharing:) I especially loved the image of statue of the lady in pink.

    • Nic Freeman
      April 25, 2012

      Thanks! Yes she was quite intriguing. Found her in a street in Beyoglu district commonly known as ‘French Street’ as it was apparently designed by a French architect to look like a typical French street. Although it’s narrow with balconies and ornate facades, it’s also quite techno-coloured, I think the actual name of the street is Algeria Street…

  7. samson davis
    April 28, 2012

    I wish there was a ‘love’ button to click…I mentioned your site to “theperpetualvagabond.com”. You might like her work, too.

    • Nic Freeman
      April 28, 2012

      Oh thanks Samson! I love blogging – so glad it translates. thepepetualvagabond.com is a great site, cheers for the recommendation. Her photos have the same quirky, colourful focus that I enjoy

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  9. ottsworld
    September 9, 2012

    Just gorgeous work and a great eye for texture and patterns. I love how you displayed these in the post…is this s plug in or did you just do this via html? Lovely!

    • Nic Freeman
      September 9, 2012

      Thanks Sherry. I love texture and patterns, and Istanbul was just too accommodating! Such an exciting city to photograph.

      No tricks with the display, just manual re-sizing and posting with Windows Live Writer. I get such satisfaction from the process, although it’s a little time consuming.

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