A Cup of Tea

SULTANAHMET, ISTANBUL, TURKEY – I had long imagined what magic the Grand Bazaar might hold. For me, the name conjured up images of gold, rubies, scimitars, candles, silks, spices. I hoped for sandy walls, hanging rugs, warm lighting, the richness and clamor of a busy market. Sweeping past the many food stalls and trinket tables…

Sultanahmet

SULTANAHMET, ISTANBUL, TURKEY – I am taking this opportunity to post, of course, about a city I have lived in and loved in and which is continuing to struggle along with the rest of its country. I was taken by surprise when first I visited Istanbul. I imagined that I would be impressed by the…

A Moment Captured

SULTANAHMET, ISTANBUL, TURKEY – I usually stand and wait as long is necessary until people are entirely clear of whatever shot I am planning, but this image and these two were too perfect not to capture. I had finally managed to get some time off (during the day) from the hostel I was working at…