#JAchat topic: Street photography. Focus: Istanbul.

The theme for this week’s #JAchat is “street photography”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the first question is, “What are the best cities for street photography?” I didn’t have to think on this very long to come up with my answer; it is Istanbul. At any given time of day or night, there are hordes of people moving along the streets. If you can manage to stop and observe the masses of humanity, it appears that the streets themselves are actually moving. Such bustling activity, combined with the history, architecture, and culture of Istanbul, instilled in me the desire to attempt to capture it all in photographs. I didn’t always succeed, but just looking at my photos from my time in Istanbul brings me right back to those crowded streets. And in the middle of the madness, I did manage to capture some scenes on a few of the quieter streets. Come, walk with me…

The insanely busy Istiklal Caddesi on a Wednesday night

The insanely busy Istiklal Caddesi on a Wednesday night

A not-so-busy street in Sultanahmet

A not-so-busy street in Sultanahmet

A common sight on the streets of Istanbul: a stray dog

A common sight on the streets of Istanbul: a stray dog

A quiet morning stroll

A quiet morning stroll

Street-side cafe

Street-side cafe

Chestnut street vendor

Chestnut street vendor

Probably my favorite Istanbul street shot

Probably my favorite Istanbul street shot

Part of the #fridaypostcards link-up.

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13 Responses to #JAchat topic: Street photography. Focus: Istanbul.

  1. Jenna November 22, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Nice photos. I haven’t been to Istanbul but have it high on my wish list. I like the contrast of themes in the photo with Starbucks.
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    • Francesca December 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Yes, Jenna – that’s exactly what I thought when I snapped that photo with the Starbucks. Plus, Istanbul is a city of contrasts.

  2. Pola (Jetting Around) November 22, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Nice shots, Francesca! Between the people, architecture, and fruit stands, I see why you like photographing it.
    Thanks for another #JAchat-related post!
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  3. Leah November 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Again with Istanbul. Between you and Raul, I’m being forced to go. Beautiful photos, Francesca.
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  4. Karl November 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    The top and bottom are my favorites. I think we are both a fan of the cobbles 🙂
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  5. @mrsoaroundworld November 24, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I have very fond memories of Istanbul – and haven’t back for at least 6 years. Hoping to make it in 2014
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  6. Erin at The World Wanderer November 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    These photos are gorgeous! I honestly need to get myself here as soon as possible! That last one…sigh!
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  7. Kieu ~ GQ trippin November 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I think wandering the streets of Istanbul is one of my fave of all streets! So vibrant and full of life.
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  8. Mary Anne November 25, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    A great city for street photography. I couldn’t get enough when I was there. I think some of the best sites are just people watching. thanks for sharing.

  9. the lazy travelers November 27, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    alright, so. hoping to have some time to travel again this summer before we settle down, and istanbul is at the VERY top. love this.
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  10. lola November 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    hmmmm i wonder if i can swing Istanbul during my Mongol Rally adventure… love the photos. super gorgeous!
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  11. Romy Mlinzk November 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Very beautiful pictures!!

  12. Pinay Flying High August 29, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Oh my! That first photo of Istiklal Street, is there a special event going on or is it just a normal night? It’s packed!! Beautiful nonetheless. 🙂
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