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New Mosque pigeons during snowstorm

One super cold and snowy day in February I went on a 4 hour walk with my pinhole camera. I found myself in front of the New Mosque, mesmerized by the pigeons. The only people in the square was the man throwing buckets of pigeon food on top of the pigeons, a random man working at the mosque, and myself.

The icy wind bit at my face and my fingers, and I slipped in a mixture of pigeon poo and snow (so gross), but I left with these lovely pinhole photos!

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The New Mosque (Yeni Cami), is located at the end of the Galata Bridge in Eminönü. It might be called the New Mosque, but the don’t the name fool you, construction was completed in 1665. After you feed the pigeons outside, do cover your head with a scarf and go inside. It’s super gorgeous!

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#igersistanbul

I joined Instagram in August (Follow me) and quickly became obsessed.  I resisted for ages knowing it would consume all my free time and take over my life (like Words with Friends did for 4 years).

Sneak peaks turn into hours of browsing.

Of course I tell myself it's great for inspiration. Perfect for keeping up with friends. Needed for staying hip to the art trends. But in reality, I don't want to fall asleep until I've had one more like.  Just. One. More. Like.

Saturday, March 21 was Worldwide Instagram Day (#wwim11) and I went to the meetup in Caddebostan in Istanbul, Turkey (#igersistanbul, #meetcaddesbostan).

It was super wonderful to meet Instagrammers from Istanbul. Here are two photos from the rainy day (pinhole photos coming soon). Umbrellas and silver balloons can make even the coldest and dreariest of days brighter!

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Next Best Thing Pinhole Project: Quarter 2

The Next Best Thing Pinhole Project is a year long project with dedicated pinhole photographers from all around the world. Each photographer is submitting 2 images per quarter (per season).

Yours truly is representing Turkey.

These are my quarter 2 images.

Istanbul Marathon

Istanbul Marathon: the only day of the year you can walk across the Bosphorus Bridge. It’s also the only marathon that takes place on two continents, it starts on the Asian side and finishes on the European side. I wanted to pinhole the runners coming towards me, so I figured out how to walk to the bridge and waited for the race to start. It was surreal to stand in the middle of the road with runners on both sides, and even more fantastic to walk across the bridge!

Autumn Tree

I got up early hoping to find a foggy seaside, but instead watched the sunrise through the leaves of a tree so golden it’s the definition of autumn.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this. Check out the website or like the project on facebook so you never miss an image!

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Graffiti in Karakoy

I love graffiti, but you probably already know that about me.

One more morning some friends and I got up early to check out ‘the other half’ of Karakoy. I had never been, so it was such a treat to discover streets upon streets of graffiti. Two of my favorite street artists in Istanbul are Erbil Sivaslioglu and Leo Lunatic (follow them on Instagram!).  Erbil also sells handmade pinhole cameras and released the most amazing app to help you find street art in Istanbul!  Graffiti and pinhole, he’s kind of my hero.

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Next Best Thing Pinhole Project: Quarter 1

The Next Best Thing Pinhole Project is a year long project with dedicated pinhole photographers from all around the world. Each photographer is submitting 2 images per quarter (per season).

Yours truly is representing Turkey.

These are my quarter 1 images. They are also the first pinhole photos you’re seeing from Istanbul, Turkey (whooo hoooo!!)! I’m pretty excited to share them with you.

Cat sitting on a rainbow. Istanbul, Turkey

Cat sitting on a rainbow. Istanbul, Turkey

I fell in love with these iconic rainbow steps even before I moved to Istanbul. I adore how they brighten up an already stunning city. One of the first things you notice about Istanbul are the millions of stray cats and dogs living in harmony with the locals. We feed them, pet them, and take care of them. Remind me to tell you about Crooked, and Crooked’s brother (my 2 favorite black cats) one day.

Casting a line into the Bosphorus. Istanbul, Turkey

Ahhhhh! The Bosphorus!  If you ever visit Istanbul, I know walking along seaside will be one of your best memories. Lucky for me, it’s only a 20 minute walk down a super curvy tree lined road, that goes past a castle. Yes, a castle! The weekends attract 100’s of fishermen. I often watch them cast their line and cheer when they catch a little fish!

The project is producing incredible images. Check out the website or like the project on facebook so you never miss an image!