Istanbul is an amazing city – and for street photography it ranks right up there if not slightly higher than my up-until-now favourites like Mumbai, Cochin, Jodhpur and of course NYC. Istanbul offers a fabulous mix of culture, amazing people and super food.
Bustling modern thoroughfares and timeless cobbled street neighborhoods are within a twenty-minute tram ride of each other – truly a photographer’s paradise.
I decided to shoot predominantly medium format b&w film on the streets during our 4 day visit. I have grown to love this format that forces me to slow down and think before shooting each frame. There are only 12 frames per roll and I try to make each one count.
And as it turns out, contrary to what you would expect of large equipment, I was somehow viewed with less suspicion. And ironically, with a waist level finder on my camera, I found it easier to become invisible when shooting in the streets. No one would notice when I looked down into my camera finder to frame my shot. I think most people thought I was just fiddling with this ancient looking contraption.