With Istanbul in the news lately, I decided to go through my footage from when I was there in May 2013. Coincidentally, it was the same time as the riots broke out. From the photo roll, you’d never know.
When we travel we’re passing through someone’s home. Trying to get some sense of how the locals coexist, what they eat, what matters to them. Getting lost in a stranger’s everyday – that’s the rush of it all. No matter how long I stay and observe and talk to people, I’ll never know what it’s truly like to be from anywhere other than where I’m from.
But from my perspective, the only one I can speak for, a mere passer througher – Istanbul. Wow.
It’s the old world and new – where Europe meets Asia. The people warm and witty. Serving culinary masterpieces from humble hole in the walls at the intersection of ideologies. Five times a day, the minarets call out for prayer. Putting the city in a trance. Reminding you where you are.