Local’s Picks: A photographer’s Istanbul

Things to Do — By Aysegul Surenkok on June 15, 2010 at 4:27 am
Ipek Kuran is a Turkish freelance photographer who describes her journey with photography in the following lines:
“I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. My photography and the way I approach my subjects evolved as I grew up, but one thing has remained the same and that’s a never ending curiosity. Photography to me is easy satisfaction through which I repackage and categorize reality according to my own perception.”
She has a deviant art profile that  shows archives of photos she has taken and picture clips that she liked at a certain place at a certain time. All of ther entries carry a story line if you look at them closely. Before leaving you alone with her blog and the photos, below are a few questions she has answered about Istanbul and photography.
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Image Courtesy of Ipek’s Blog
1. Best day and time of Istanbul to take photos?
No matter where you are the best time of the day to take photos is at either dawn or sunset. The sun and the light must be coming down at an angle so that it’s soft and even.

2. Which do you prefer taking photos of monuments and places or people?
Depends. I try to avoid making such absolute preferences. You never know what you’ll come up against in daily life that will work as a source of inspiration.

3. Where to take the most spiritual photos in Istanbul?
If we define spiritual as pertaining to senses I believe whereever there is good, deep light there is an opportunity for spiritual photography. That can be obtained at small, narrow streets of Beyoglu, Cihangir, Cukurcuma or within old architectural structures that are situated around Sultanahmet. But then again it’s hard to really categorize this into one place.

4. Is there any place where photographer meets regularly -a cafe or bar?
When I was in high school there were a lot of cafes and centers for young photographers to meet. It’s very easy to meet fellow photographers in Taksim because there are so many galleries and places where you can take classes. But I cannot give a specific name now. It’s been ages since I took a course in Istanbul.

5. Your favorite photographer?
My favorites always change but right now I really like architectural photography and actually follow archdaily’s flickr for inspiration. There are so many great photos there taken by the site’s readers.

"Morning winks into view" from Steffen Tuck on archdaily

[Image from archdaily, submitted by Steffen Tuck]
6. Where do you like to go and what do you like to do in your spare time?
In Istanbul I always try to go to different places and discover new neighborhoods. I like the Asian and European side the same but usually prefer to stick to old neighborhoods rather than new settlements.

7. Your favorite place, cafe, spot etc. in Istanbul?
I love going up and down on the narrow streets of Beyoglu.

8. Where to meet for drinks with a local friend when in Istanbul?
With local friends  it always ends up being House Cafe Ortaköy, or Leb-i Derya.

9. Your favorite Turkish meal and where could one eat that?
Favorite is rice with beans (kurufasulye and pilav) which you should eat at a restaurant that serves the trades people of the area. There is one in Çengelköy, they’re usually open for lunch only, but they make the best home food. There is also Hünkar cheerished by many local Turks.

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