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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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 : Intricate

A walk through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar can feel a bit overwhelming, with a myriad of things to look at, crowds of people to wade through, and persistent shopkeepers trying to sell you anything and everything. It’s no surprise that there are a lot of Souvenir stores, many of them selling very similar things, trinkets, hand painted tiles and other ornaments, light fittings, carpets etc, and after a while it feels like you’ve seen it all before. However, if you take a moment to look a little closer at some of the things on offer, you realise how much intricate detail has gone into each of these pieces. Intricate is the prompt on the weekly photo challenge this week, and images of souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar are my response to the prompt………….. ………the journey continues………..


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Weekly Photo Challenge : Scale

The 23.5m diameter main dome of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul is raised 43m above the ground on massive columns. Height of the minarets is 64m. The resulting large internal volume is further emphasised when one enters the building. Scale is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Blue Mosque are my response to the prompt….

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Travel Theme : Doorways

There appears to be no end to the numbers of people streaming through the entrance portal of Istanbul’s Topkapi Place Museum. People arriving along the tree lined walkway and head towards the Entrance doorway, whilst others leave the Palace by the same doorway and which is on an axis that presents a framed view of the Blue Mosque. Doorways is the Travel Theme prompt on Ailsa’s blog this week. Images of the Topkapi entrance doorway are my response to the prompt.

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