Istanbul is where cats hope to be born, I am sure of this.
Two of many of the photos from Dayvmattt’s trip to Istanbul, one of my favorite places.
A little background:
Originally a Non-Muslim (mainly Greek and Armenian) neighbourhood, diverse ethnic groups live here today: Kurds, Turks, and Roma. It also houses different social groups that are often marginalized in the city: transsexuals, sexworkers, or „illegal” immigrants on their way to Europe.
A tanker burns approximately 1979 - unknown photographer
View of streetcars & pedestrians crossing over the Golden Horn inlet on the Galata Bridge as the Galata Tower looms up fr. distant hill.
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White @LIFE
*I don’t want to pick on the Turks or anything, but if Istanbul… Istanbul?! — gave in to even ONE of these political demands… no, let’s say Istanbul gives into ONE PERCENT of ALL of these demands… Istanbul would instantly become one of the weirdest, most interesting cities in the world. An Istanbul full of gay leftist occupied squats in the formerly gentrified districts? Man, that would be like Orhan Pamuk on acid.”
After spending a week in Istanbul last month I can say that it is already one of the most interesting cities in the world.
Take a minute and read through the radical agenda that Resistanbul is promoting.
Building facade Symi Greece
photo by tsparks
From Istanbul Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
In The Seven Lamps of Architecture, John Ruskin devotes much of the chapter entitled ‘Memory’ to the beauties of the picturesque, attributing the particular beauty of this sort of architecture, and (as opposed to that of carefully planned classical forms) to it’s accidental nature. So when he describes something as picturesque (‘like a picture’) he is describing an architectural landscape that has, over time, become beautiful in a way never foreseen by its creators. For Ruskin, picturesque beauty rises out of details that emerge only after the buildings have been standing for hundreds of years, from ivy, the herbs and grassy meadows that surround it, from the rocks in the distance, the clouds in the sky and the choppy sea. So there is nothing picturesque about a new building, which demands to be seen own it’s own terms; it only becomes picturesque after history has endowed it with accidental beauty and granted us a fortuitous new perspective.
Photographs of the Kurdish neighborhood of Istanbul.
Taken by Andres Gonzalez, a photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey.
holga photo by tsparks