Thursday, January 31, 2008

Istanbul From The Eyes of Juergen Frank

Juergen Frank'in Gözlerinden İstanbul
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Topkapi Palace
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Juergen Frank harika bir fotoğraf sanatçısı. Bizim şansımız ise İstanbul'a gelip Cornucopia dergisi (Türkiye ve Türk kültürü üzerine kalburüstü, ödüllü, uluslararası bir dergi) için şehrin fotoğraflarını çekmesi. İstanbul öyle bir yer ki bazen insanı kendine hayran bırakıyor, bazen nefret ettiriyor. Bu fotoğraflarda İstanbul'un hayranlık uyandıran yanını yakalamış Juergen Frank. Farkına varmadan içinde yaşayıp gittiğim şehre başka gözlerle bakmamı sağladı. Hani yabancı bir diyarın resimlerine bakar da oraya gitmeyi düşleriz ya, aynen öyle...
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My dear dear readers, I have neglected my blog terribly for the past week or so, but that is only because I'm buried up to my throat with projects that have very close deadlines: A school project, and also some other work for a design competition. I will definitely post my competition entry if my partner is OK with it. Anyways, my heart is still here at my blog, and I'm very happy that I came by a great photographer whose work I think might be interesting for my readers outside of Turkey. You know I live in Istanbul, and like any metropol this city is a combination of beautiful and ugly. Juergen Frank is a great photographer who managed to capture the beautiful, historical side of this city. Most of these picture here were taken for Cornucopia, an international magazine on Turkey and Turkish culture. Do take a look at their site, because there are more beautiful pictures where these came from.
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Çukurcuma'daki A La Turca dükkanından bir köşe.
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A corner from a shop called "A La Turca" at Cukurcuma, Istanbul's antiques district.
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A La Turca'dan başka bir köşe.

Again, "A La Turca".
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Sanırım bu resim iç mimar Aslı Tunca'nın showroom'unda çekilmiş.
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I'm not sure where this is, Juergen Frank's site only says "Aslı Tunca, Istanbul". Aslı Tunca is a tasteful Turkish interior designer, so I'm guessing this photo must be taken at her showroom.

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Ortakoy. When I think of Ortakoy I think of baked potatoes and gozleme (Turkish street food, made by folding a very thin sheet of dough and cheese/mince/spinach-whatever you like).
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Beylerbeyi Sarayı / Beylerbeyi Palace
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İstinye'den boğaza bakış.
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The bosphorus, a view from Istinye.
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Kapalıçarşı'ya tepeden bakış. Uzakta seçilen cami de Sultanahmet Camii.

The grand bazaar. I really didn't know it was this big. It is a shame to admit that I haven't been to the grand bazaar many times, and those times I went there I felt like I was in a foreign country. It is amazing, crazy, scary, majestic, magnificent... The mosque you can see in the distance is the Blue Mosque.

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Tünel'den bir görünüş.

This is the "Tunnel Square" at Beyoglu. This paragraph from Cornucopia explains very well what Beyoglu is about, so I will just quote it without touching it:

"Beyoglu is Istanbul’s Latin Quarter. Built by European bankers, diplomats and merchants in the nineteenth century, it has now been recolonised by a new tribe dedicated to urban pleasures. Its imposing embassies and crumbling palazzos make it the ideal setting for the arts, and for a club-and-café scene that never sleeps. Beyoglu’s labyrinthine streets spill down the hill to Cukurcuma, where bargain hunters stalk antiques. At one end of Beyoglu is the medieval Galata Tower; at the other is Taksim Square and the monument to the new Republic which marks the start of modern Istanbul. Beyond is Nisantasi, the super-smart district for fashion, design and expense-account lunches."

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Büyükada.

Buyukada; the largest island of the Princes' Isles. That house probably has 360 degrees of sea view if you're wondering.
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Eyüp'te mezar taşları.

Gravestones at Eyup.

Haliç.

Picture says it, a view from the Golden Horn.

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I hope you enjoy!

5 comments:

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

h Alis!! Divine ! divine !! thank you for sharing - We loved Turkey when we were there and its lovely to see a Turkish photographer

PS Yes I was wondering where you'd been :-), Good to have you back

alis said...

Felicity, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, I know you had your honeymoon here :) This photographer isn't Turkish and actually I have no idea where he's from, there wasn't any info on his website. Maybe photos turn out better when taken by someone stranger to the place, that way maybe the photographer doesn't overlook things and notices details that we miss because we are overexposed to them...? Don't know..I'm just very happy you liked where I live!!

Anonymous said...

Bu dergiden senın sayende haberdar oldum ve çok büyük hayret :) ve beğeni duydum çok teşekkürler

circirbocegi

Anonymous said...

üye oldum:) 1 yıllık üyelik Türkiye içi için 60 YTL imiş:)circirbocegi

Murat Enöz said...

Otaköy fotoğrafı çok güzel, HDR ye benzemiş. Güzel bir sayfa hazırlamışsınız, elinize sağlık. Selamlar