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!

Zeyrek and Kurtuluş second-hand markets

Little by little I’ve been exploring Istanbul.

I joined Just Photography on meetup.com and have seen parts of Istanbul I didn’t know existed. On Sunday mornings there are a few second-hand markets around the city. We visited Zeyrek, which is part of Fatih, for a market full of lost and forgotten treasures. I saw so many things that took me back to my childhood and wondered how they arrived in Turkey.

The market was large and spread out, with super friendly vendors. They were selling everything from cassettes to empty perfume bottles to a duffle bag of rice.

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Turkish Coffee Fortune Reading

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My friends and I went to Symbol Fal Cafe in Nisantasi to try Turkish coffee, and have our fortunes told. Turkish coffee was… displeasing to my tastebuds, but I’m glad I tried it. It was kind of like drinking bitter sludge. I was grateful for the tiny coffee cup!

There are 3 steps involved. First you sip the coffee and enjoy Saturday afternoon chit chat. When you reach the thicker part on the bottom, stop drinking, place the saucer on top of the cup, swirl it around, make a heartfelt wish, and flip it. Resist the urge to look under the cup, for when it has cooled, the fortune teller will summon you.

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Another friend was kind enough to translate my fortune. I liked the vibes coming from my fortune teller, plus she thought I was 28!!

She said that I don’t have a big ego, even though some people think I have one, but really I just want to make others happy. I attract adventurous lovers who don’t want a relationship. I won’t find love for a while, so I should be a playgirl and enjoy my life. I will freelance for a magazine and have my own business. I should start my business now, but it won’t be successful until 2016. I will find love after the success of my business. She said I’m close to my family but we don’t communicate very often. Recently someone advised me on the importance of owning property, she said to ignore that advice.

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I liked what she had to say, especially about starting a business and being a playgirl!

Address: Symbol Fal Cafe
Valikonagı Caddesi No: 34
Nisantasi – Istanbul

New Year Pinhole Exchange

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I participated in a New Year Pinhole Exchange this year.

You have the option to choose who you want to send pinholes to, or you can choose to send xx number to a random selection of photographers. I chose the latter. I had the computer choose 20 random pinhole photographers.

I received these gorgeous pinholes so far and had the great pleasure of finding lots of new pinhole photographers that I didn’t know.

I can’t wait to participate again next year!!

Istanbul Coffee Festival, CupsOn.Me, and MOC

My friends and I went to the Istanbul Coffee Festival a few weeks ago and had a great time. I’m more of a tea drinker, but I enjoy the occasional frothy cappuccino or iced americano. It was in Karaköy at the Galata Greek School, built in the late 19th Century (the building was gorgeous!).  There were samples galore, coffee inspired art, live jazz, a handmade market, and even a blackout. Most of the cafes inside were brewing coffee mad scientist style and I loved looking at the contraptions.

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During the blackout we talked to a woman from CupsOn.Me, an app that shows you where the nearest cafe is located, and allows you to generously buy a cup of coffee for a friend. I’m not sure how that part works, but I think the friend would get an electronic coupon. If you’re buying for me, I like tea (çay), hot chocolate (sıcak çikolata), cappuccino, and iced americano’s!

Yesterday a friend and I tried a new (to us) cafe in Beşiktaş but it was freezing inside and they didn’t have what we wanted to order so we left. I used the CupsOn.Me app to see what was around us. I saw MOC (Ministry of Coffee) which is one of the places we tried at the Istanbul Coffee Festival, so we headed there. It was perfect! It was warm and inviting, great atmosphere, we were surrounded by gorgeous people, the balcony was ideal for people watching, stray dogs wandered in and out all day, delicious food (I had a Spanish omelet and carrot cake, my friend had avocado toast and a chocolate tort), good wifi, and the jasmine green tea was the best I’ve ever had. MOC has definitely earned a spot on my cafe rotation. 

…back to the coffee festival.

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There was one thing we tried that was absolutely terrible, one sip was all we could handle before seeking out the nearest trashcan. Nitro Brew, a coffee brewed like beer. It was the first thing we tried and from the photo you can see we shared a small toast, anticipating something delicious. I dare say, try it at your own risk.

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