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Git Türkiye, Git! (Go Turkey, go!)

Istanbul (Turkey). This is the photo I have chosen to symbolise this 1st of November, a crucial day for Turkey, which will elect – For the second time in few months – its Parliament. I took this image almost one year ago during the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, therefore long time before the current tough situation; but it came to my mind in these days, and I decided to post it tonight – just before the polls opening.

Why I’m finding this photo symbolic? Because I see in it exactly the situation that Turkey is living right now: the man with the flag represents the Country, which stands up agains the flow of events (alias people) coming against him.

Loving Turkey as if I were born there, I can only hope that this man will remain well stable against everything and everyone; so that the Turkish flag he holds in his hand can continue to wave proud of its glorious story.

Git Türkiye, git! (Go Turkey, go!)

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Being a Commuter in Istanbul (Winter is Coming)

Istanbul (Turkey). Sometimes I should post my photos without writing my thoughts: not because I’m lazy, or because I’m overwhelmed with my work. More simply, because some photos speak for themselves.

Before reading below, please take few seconds and think about what this photo is saying. You can keep it for yourself or write a comment if you want: it does not matter; the goal is to make you watch something without the usual rush.

Why I’m doing this? Because this what usually happens when you are a commuter in Istanbul… You are always, constantly in a hurry, and thousands of people around you are in the same situation: most probably, you will have to take a bus, then a boat, then a metro and finally maybe a taxi or a “dolmus”… However – here I’m coming with my message – if you can find the time to “think about what you are doing”, then you will realize that the frustration of “being a commuter” can develop into the consciousness and – let me say – emotion of “being a commuter in Istanbul”.

I took this photo some years ago, and it is still one of my favorite one: I was waiting for my boat, but I was so hypnotized by the situation, that I remained on the side of the Bosphorus for a long time watching this scene. What for everyone – me included – was something of absolutely normal (even boring or, as I said, frustrating) was slowly becoming unique. The ferry (in Turkish they are called “vapur”, keeping the old name of steamboats) was slowly leaving the dock from Uskudar to bring people to Besiktas: the sky is grey, the city’s colors are totally erased. A group of seagulls is following the boat, and people are feeding the animals with small pieces taken from their “simit”. In the background, the Galata Tower interrupts the skyline made of old houses and some mosques.

Now, think about it one more time: how is being a commuter in Istanbul?

 

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29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramimiz Kutlu Olsun

Istanbul (Turkey). The Turkey Republic Holiday is a very important day, probably one of the most celebrated anniversary around the Country. The tradition foresees a sumptuous pyrotechnic show in Istanbul, with fireworks skyrocketing from many places all around the First Bridge crossing the Bosphorus. The event is really unique, and many people gather on the streets to enjoy the show.

This photo was taken in 2012 from the seaside at Eminonu (Sultanahmet). At that time I chose this place because I particularly liked the symmetry of the bridge: I was a bit far from the show, but fireworks were so big and luminous that it was impossible not remaining impressed. I was surrounded by people and although I went there very early, it was very crowded. Luckily, everyone was very respectful of my needs – I guess that they noticed the big camera, the long lens and the tripod, thinking that I was shooting for some magazines or newspapers…

Under the tag 29 October I’m collecting some other photos of this special day, when people greet each others with a proud “29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramimiz Kutlu Olsun!”

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A Nice Walk on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey). This happens only once per year: it’s an unique event, and Istanbul lovers shouldn’t miss it. Of course I’m talking about the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon!

No, do not misunderstand me: I’m not proposing to run the 42+ km of a full marathon, neither to take the shorter 15 km run. What I’m talking about is to experience the fantastic opportunity of walking along the Bosphorus Bridge, which is normally jammed by cars and trucks, but one time per year is fully dedicated to runners, walkers and families.

Indeed, what for me is a very nice scene to be seen, is how much families and people truly love their bridge, which in this occasion is not simply an “infrastructure”, but becomes something more like a “legendary part of the city” (although it’s not so historical as monuments in Sultanahmet). During the marathon day, after runners’ start, people gather on the bridge to walk, discuss, protest, have breakfast (traditions matter!), play backgammon (tavla), sell simit with ayran and – of course – to take unique photos. In other words, the bridge – which normally connects the two sides of Istanbul, Europe and Asia – in this special day keeps its function of connecting “people” from different political parties, social extraction, cities of Turkey, football teams (yes, normally they fight like cats and dogs, but on the bridge they become friends) and so on. A sort of “occupy the bridge” day: isn’t it fantastic?

This here is one of the many photos I took last year during the 2014 Vodafone Istanbul Marathon (I created a specific tag): just click on the link to see the others; but if it happens you are in Istanbul the marathon day (this year it will be on the 15th of November) do not miss this great opportunity of experiencing something of unique.

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Happy Birthday, Turkey! (Turkish Republic Holiday)

Istanbul (Turkey). This photo comes from the incredible fireworks shows during the celebration for the 2013 Turkish Republic Holiday in Istanbul (29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı). I remember that I went two or three hours earlier to Ulus Parki to set my tripod and camera in the best possible place. The year before, I photographed the pyrotechnic show from Eminonu, so this time I was intrigued by a different angle.

This is one of many shots. All of them are under the tag 29 October

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