Istanbul in Black & White: Photo Story

People who read this blog a lot will know that we absolutely love getting up to Istanbul whenever we can and today, we’re a bit excited because we can actually count down to our next visit: we’ve registered for the 2011 Eurasia Marathon in October (well, the 15km run for me)!

So, while we have Istanbul on the brain, I thought I’d share some photos I took early last year and there are two reasons for this. One is because they’re in black and white, evoking a completely different feel of the city.

The other is because we’re conscious of the fact that our previous Istanbul posts don’t really showcase the main tourist spots (we got carried away with Petek’s pickle shop, Karaköy fish market and the like, last time we were there) and this set of photos shows a little snapshot of the perhaps more familiar side of Istanbul.

Sultanahmet Camii, Istanbul

Sultanahmet Camii, Istanbul

And what could be more familiar than Sultanahmet Camii, known to many as the Blue Mosque? Normally, huge crowds of visitors surround the mosque throughout the day but we were out and about on an early winter’s morning.

Istanbul University in Beyazıt

Istanbul University

The historic entrance gates to Istanbul University in Beyazıt are another crowd-puller, but I like this photo mainly because of the foreground where the ladies are feeding the pigeons.

Beyazıt Camii, Istanbul

Beyazıt Camii

Staying in Beyazıt, I took this photo of Beyazıt Camii after we had been mooching around the university book stalls. It’s one of the lesser frequented mosques by tourists and the garden areas around here are a pleasant breather before you head back towards the masses and the coaches surrounding Sultanahmet Camii and Aya Sofya.

Yeni Camii (New Mosque) & Galata Bridge, Istanbul

Yeni Camii viewed from Galata Bridge

And back to one of my favourite places in Istanbul. You can’t really say Galata Bridge is pretty but it’s just bursting with life. Linking Eminönü to Karaköy, cars and buses jostle for space on the road, constantly beeping their horns. The overcrowded Metro glides along its track.

Fishermen line the barriers of the bridge with passers-by taking their lives into their own hands, dodging flying fishing hooks. And down below, traversing the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus are the famous Istanbul ferries.

Galata Tower From Eminönü, Istanbul

Looking across to Galata Tower from Eminönü

We could quite easily spend all day sat around this area, just watching the ferries come and go. And we might just do that in October to rest our aching legs after the run.

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  1. Love these photos. Black and white are always my favorite.

  2. Love these photos – feel like I’m seeing the Istanbul of the last century.

  3. Instanbul is on my places to travel. I would love to go on a foodie tour of street food, the markets and grocery stores.

  4. Istanbul is so high on my list of must-visit places. It just looks so mesmerizing – must be intoxicating to walk its streets. So exciting that you’re so close!

  5. @ Natalie: I don’t do enough black and white really and I don’t know why because we really like it, too.

    @ Sophie: Thanks. Hmm, yeah, they’re a bit ‘historic’ aren’t they? 🙂

    @ Bellini: The food is amazing – especially the street food.

    @ Andrea: A good 12 hours on the overnight bus but worth it. Best city ever! 🙂

  6. I love black and white photos, particularly those with timeless qualities. Well done guys! 🙂

  7. @ Corinne: Thanks. Going to start experimenting more with black and white I think.

  8. Istanbul is always so photogenic and the black and white shots make it look like the old days.

  9. @ Italian Notes: Yes, it certainly helps when you’ve got a city as beautiful as Istanbul to play with. 🙂

  10. Hey guys, been a bit out of the loop so I missed these. We must get together when you come to Istanbul in October! At least to celebrate after your run! =)

  11. @ Joy: Same here. Difficult to keep on top of things over the summer months isn’t it when you’ve got all your friends over to visit. Hope we get through the run! 🙂 Yeah, we’ll try to get in touch when we’re there.

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