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In May of 2013 my cousin Ed Weil and I went to Istanbul on a photo tour led by Steve Outram (who led my trip to Crete). I particularly enjoyed the Fener and Balat districts, where we encountered other foreigners only twice in six hours of shooting.

Young garbage man

Young garbage man

This kid was walking on the street a few doors from our hotel


Shadow in Alley

Shadow in Alley

A few blocks from our hotel


Tamara lunch

Tamara lunch

Ed and I arrived a day before Steve and the official start of the trip., so we wandered in our neighborhood for a day. This the terrace of the Tamara cafe, where we had lunch. Ed got daring and climbed on a table for the shot of the Blue Mosque.


Flower pot

Flower pot

We passed this every day as we walked from our hotel to the restaurant area a few blocks away.


Food cart

Food cart

I guess it's not in use any more


Hanging bedspread

Hanging bedspread

At least I'm guessing it's a bedspread. We passed this yard a couple of times a day walking from our hotel.


Shoeshine

Shoeshine


Fence and boy

Fence and boy

The Hagia Sophia is in the background


In the Arasta Bazaar

In the Arasta Bazaar

A few blocks from our hotel


Cloth shop

Cloth shop


Blue mosque at dusk

Blue mosque at dusk

A better HDR process than the previous version


Spigot

Spigot


Tea

Tea

I drank a lot of tea, both regular and apple.


Ice cream guy

Ice cream guy


Making flatbread

Making flatbread


Yellow building

Yellow building


Turquoise building

Turquoise building

I loved the colors of this building and its neighbors


Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Made from a fish restaurant that had this great view but lousy food.


Ceiling of Rusten Pasha Mosque

Ceiling of Rusten Pasha Mosque


Grand Bazaar 1

Grand Bazaar 1

The figure at the far right is Steve Outram


Grand Bazaar 2

Grand Bazaar 2

A wing of the Grand Bazaar


Foot washing

Foot washing

It appears to be customary for those going to pray in a mosque (rather than just tour it) to wash one's feet before entering.


Musical cats

Musical cats


Nargil cafe

Nargil cafe


Rear window

Rear window

The flags are for a sports holiday. Notice the minaret in the center


Boy in circumcision costume

Boy in circumcision costume

At the Sultan Eyup mosque, the standard location for the ceremony


Colorful building

Colorful building

in Balat


Door with bell

Door with bell

In Balat


Doorbell

Doorbell

I like the tilt on the bell


Mural

Mural

In Balat


Door and stairs

Door and stairs


Orange building

Orange building


Balat lock #1

Balat lock #1

I enjoyed the different colors in the doors


Brown door

Brown door


Brown door handles

Brown door handles


Laundry and window

Laundry and window


Cats

Cats

In Balat


Boy and door 2

Boy and door 2

In Balat


Steep hill

Steep hill

Across the street from the Orthodox College in Balat


Balat Street scene

Balat Street scene


Balat ladies

Balat ladies


Three colors

Three colors


Balat Lady

Balat Lady


Restoration

Restoration

Balat may eventually be gentrified


Decay

Decay

This is what needs restoration


Door with rugs

Door with rugs


Boy and door

Boy and door

This may be my favorite Balat picture. He came out just after I made the picture with the rugs.


Two crooked doors

Two crooked doors


Chat in Balat

Chat in Balat


Laundry and kids

Laundry and kids

I made a bunch of shots trying to get the woman hanging the laundry while the kids were visible. This is the best I did. In Balat.


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