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Hidrellez-Ahirkapi 2013 by Bernardo Ricci Armani

 Hidrellez 2013 , Ahirkapi-Istanbul, Nikon D4, photos by Bernardo Ricci Armani

Nice photos from Hidrellez 2013 celebration at Ahirkapı . Great portfolio is by Bernardo Ricci Armani.

A man plays his drum entertaining a girl dancing around him

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Ashura Day In Halkali

Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered in İstanbul’s Halkalı district on Saturday to mark the day of Ashura and mourn the martyrdom of 72 people, including Husain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala 1,369 years ago.

Ashura Day , photo by Pinar Cici

Ashura Day , photo by Pinar Cici

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It must be love … “Christel De Preter”

It must be love …

When I booked another citytrip to Istanbul, my friends asked me: ‘What is it with you and Istanbul?’
At first, I didn’t really know how to answer that question exactly so I started with: it’s its culture, its  present and its past, its colors, it’s the people, it’s the food, it’s the atmosphere, it’s the sun shining on the Bosphorus, it’s the moon rising on a clear night, it’s the smell of the spices at the Egyptian Bazaar, it’s simply …. magic. A thousand words wouldn’t have been enough to describe how I feel about Istanbul but there is only one word that is universal and which everybody understands so I finally said: it must be love. I fell in love with the city a few years ago and it was love at first sight.

Istanbul photos by Christel De Preter

Istanbul photos by Christel De Preter

I’m not much of a photographer, but this year I was determined to capture some of Istanbul’s lovely colors. I hope, you readers, enjoy them as much as I did. But it would even be better if you would just go out there and find out for yourself! As I said: there just aren’t enough words to describe all the sensations you feel when you visit this city. And neither will the pictures (I think I should apply for a
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Doves “Berkay Gulum”

Doves, photos by Berkay Gülüm

Doves, photos by Berkay Gülüm

Fisher from Izmir

İzmir, Berkay Gülüm,

İzmir, Berkay Gülüm,

Burgazada ” by Berkay Gulum”

İstanbul-Burgazda island, photo by Berkay Gülüm

İstanbul-Burgazda island, photo by Berkay Gülüm

Red tulips “Aegean touch”

Tulip festival, photo by Berkay Gülüm

Tulip festival, photo by Berkay Gülüm

our guest photographer is Berkay Gülüm ,  you can reach at www.berkaygulum.com

I am an amateur photographer living in Izmir, Turkey. My basic subjects are people and environment. I like taking photos of people with stories and urban city life. I am using Canon 7D.

Berkay Gülüm

It all started when I was reading Jason Goodwin “Christel De Preter”

I already visited Istanbul about 20 years ago but it all really started when I was reading Jason Goodwin’s ‘The Janissary Tree’, a novel about Yashim, a crime-solving eunuch. His description of 1830’s Istanbul was so remarkable and so colorful I just had to see for myself again. And I must admit: getting older DOES effect the memory and I was sure the city had changed a lot over the years.

Istanbul, photo by Christel De Preter

Istanbul, photo by Christel De Preter

So there I was, determined to rediscover that fascinating national treasure and step into Yashim’s footsteps as he climbed all the way up from the Bosphorus to the Galata tower.

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