When you first walk into the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, it takes a few moments to take it all in. The volume of the space, the numerous shapes in the intricate detailing and calligraphy, the diagonal rows in the red carpet, the shape of the columns etc. It is as if all these shapes and compete for your attention. Despite this, it is difficult to not notice the presence of the circles, in the domes,or in the huge chandelier suspended over the space. Truly inspirational.Circles is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Mosque’s interior are my respone to the prompt.

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Pieces of Broken cups, saucers, plates etc bonded into the plaster of the walls of a building in Anadolu Kavagi, a little town alongside the Bosphorous near Istanbul, Turkey. I pondered for a moment about the origins of the broken crockery, perhaps it was damaged in the factory during the manufacturing process, perhaps it was damaged while being transported between the factory and the retailer, perhaps it was broken when a shelf collapsed, perhaps it was broken intentionally for the purpose of cladding the wall. perhaps…….perhaps………. However, it happened to get there, it’s more than likely there was an Ooops! moment somewhere along the way :-)………….

Oops! is the prompt on the weekly photo challenge this week, and images of the “broken crockery” clad wall are my response to the prompt…..

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All that glitters here…… is Gold :-), Gold Jewellery on display in Jewellery stores¬†at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.¬†With a vast range of designs from simple and straightforward, to intricate and ornate, I’m sure there is something that will meet every Jewellery lovers desires.¬†I stopped for a moment to shoot a few images, but not long enough ¬†t enquire about the prices ūüôā :-). Ornate is the prompt for this Weeks Photo Challenge.

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Striped candy appeared to be one of the favourite treats on sale by Vendors at a busy park over a weekend in the centre of Istanbul. Surprisingly though, the striped candy seemed to be more popular with Adults :-), perhaps a fond reminder of¬†days gone by. These were not your run of the mill, off the shelf, wrapped in plastic¬†striped candies,¬†but rather unique, custom made, in a variety of colours, right in front of you, while you wait. With freedom to choose the colours, and the sequence in which they appeared, it’s no wonder this treat was very popular. Treat is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the striped candy making process¬†are my response to the prompt…

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From Every Angle

Built in 537, and reputed to be the Worlds largest Cathedral for a thousand years thereafter Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey still retains its Grand Stature. Considered as the epitome of Byzantine Architecture, that is reputed to have changed the History of Architecture, this former Church, later turned into a Mosque and currently a Museum boasts a clear dome height of 55m , and a footprint of 82 x 73 m.

Perhaps one of the most visited Tourist Attractions in Istanbul, I quickly discovered that it’s difficult to capture it’s¬†magnitude in a single image, perhaps, my wide angle lens was not wide enough :-).

From Every Angle is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week,¬†so I’ve posted images of some of the angles that I photographed the inside of the building from in response to the prompt. Tripods are taken away by security as you enter the building, so you have to resort to using the available light and shooting hand held.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Inspiration

Historical Monuments and Buildings can be found everywhere¬†in the World, from Capital cities to remote Villages. More often than not, these are Grand Buildings making a real statement, with grand scale that is larger than life, simple materials, workmanship and detailing that is difficult if not possible to achieve with modern equipment materials and technology. Inspiration comes in many forms, historical buildings are indeed an important source. Inspiration is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of Istanbuls’ Blue Mosque are my response to this weeks prompt.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Symbol

Arguably, the National Flag is probably the most prominent symbols of National Pride. Travelling around Istanbul and its surroundings one encounters the Turkey’s National flag in various environments. Symbol is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of some of these environments are my response to this weeks prompt.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Broken

Anadolu Kavagi is a cute little Seaside Village on the Asian side of Turkey, located at the end of the Bosphorus river as it enters the Black Sea. Easily reached by road over the bridge across the Bosphorus from Istanbul, and along a winding coastal road through similar little harbour villages. Alternately it can be reached by taking an inexpensive¬†ferry from Istanbul which cris crosses between harbour villages on the European and Asian Continents until the turn around point at Anadolu Kavagi.¬†On a recent visit by Ferry, I¬†opted to¬†travel back by bus on the Asian side. While waiting for the next bus to arrive, I wandered around the village, and stumbled upon a house which had an external wall that was decorated with a variety of broken ceramic objects, ranging from tiles, to cups, saucers plates etc. Some of these broken pieces had dislodged, leaving an obvious indentation in the plaster. Broken is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the broken objects in the¬†wall are my response to the¬†prompt…………………

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