CULTURE has countless meanings, depending on where you are standing at the moment. Here, in my home in the U.S., I (love to) think of something ‘other’…international…different from ‘American Culture‘.
So, in photos I have chosen to show one of my favorite cities…Istanbul…with a culture all its own…different, even, from surrounding countries because of its unique geographical position straddling two continents…part of the city in Europe, part in Asia, across the Bosphorus.
Istanbul is a striking study of East meets West…centuries-old iconic structures and mosques…
View of 2 Mosques, Bosphorus and bridge
Small street – Coca Cola delivery vs. wooden pushcart
The Ark in one of the centuries old Synagogues
Abundance of nuts and sweets!
Man selling pastries from cart, on steps of Mosque
Students at lunch; traditional glass of tea delivery
Busy Istiklal Street (not even in the home of Turkish coffee can you get away from the ubiquitous Starbucks)
Morning mist on the Bosphorus; standing in Europe, looking at Asia
Women wearing hijab, leaving Mosque, carrying Esprit bag…East meets West
Turkish Businessmen stopping for shoeshine
schoolchildren in uniform with iPod buds in their ears…and my favorite moment that I was too slow to capture…a burka-clad young woman on a moped!
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This week’s challenge is to find a photo that conveys ‘BEYOND’. While a photo is being framed around one subject, a subject of equal or greater interest is embraced in the shot, adding depth. Here is my response:
While walking across the Galata Bridge, connecting one part of Istanbul to another, I happened across a group of about 30 men lined up along the bridge, fishing poles dangling in the water, cigarettes dangling from their mouths,and the day’s catch flapping around in buckets. I pulled back to take a picture of these rugged-looking fishermen trying to catch the family meal on a damp, gray November morning. What I didn’t realize, was what I caught BEYOND them, in the background.
Fishermen on Galata Bridge, Istanbul, Suleymaniye Mosque in background
On closer inspection of another photo, I noticed the fishermen framed by both the Suleymaniye Mosque, and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly referred to as the Blue Mosque.
Fishermen, Galata Bridge Istanbul, Suleymaniye and Blue Mosque in background
I love the juxtaposition at work here, and all over the city of Istanbul…truly a city of East meets West.