Turkish Tea, makes an appearance almost everywhere you go in Istanbul…often served with a cube or two of sugar 🙂



Corner shop in the Old City of Istanbul, Turkey



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 🙂 :-). 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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From Every Angle

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