Istanbul (Turkey). Some days ago, I was browsing a set of photographs taken last December in Istanbul, during a solo walk around Kadikoy (a popular district on the Asian side of the city, which was counting more than 520,000 people in 2012). I found this photo posted here above particularly interesting and representative: it has been taken at the Kadikoy Iskelesi (the harbor of Kadikoy), a very chaotic transportation hub. Here, every day, thousands and thousands of people – from Kadikoy itself, but also from its neighborhoods – come and go using taxis, dolmus (a typical multi-sharing taxi service), buses and boats: it’s easy to imagine the continuous human flow!
When I took this photo, I was just disembarking from the ferryboat coming from Besiktas, another populous suburb (on the European side). There was a “human wall” pushing me from behind, so I had to be particularly fast to compose the image and shoot! From inside the big waiting room, another large mass of people was waiting for boarding to cross the Bosphorus strait, and I was impressed by their faces against the main doors patiently looking at us.
I thought that this was one of the many double-faces of Istanbul. This wonderful city is normally described as “a city across two continents” in the romantic acceptation of the term – and me too, I’m comfortable with this. But for the same reason, it’s also “a city living on two continents”, which means limiting daily movements, enlarging the distances among people, complicating what – in other places in the world – is the so called “daily routine”.
But Istanbul takes large part of its charm in its many contrasts; and within this photo I could capture one of them. Ah, sorry for explaining this, maybe I should let the observer arrive to the same conclusion without my help…