The Lost Jews of Amsterdam: Where You Should Go Instead Of The Anne Frank House

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in Culture, The Netherlands | No Comments
The Lost Jews of Amsterdam: Where You Should Go Instead Of The Anne Frank House

I didn’t go to the Anne Frank House when I was in Amsterdam. I intended to. Jewish history, and specifically European Jewish history, is fascinating for me. My connection to the actual book is tangential. I read most of The Diary Of Anne Frank when I was a kid, but my main memories of it […]

Amsterdam: A Great Place To Be Stuck

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in The Netherlands | 11 Comments
Amsterdam: A Great Place To Be Stuck

Getting deported was a nightmare. Being held in the airport for 24 hours was pure misery. Not knowing for sure that I’d ever get back to my Istanbul life (and all my belongings) was agonizing. Involuntarily flying to a city in the middle of the night where I only knew one person was awful. But […]

The Surprising Charm of Rotterdam

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 in The Netherlands | 2 Comments
The Surprising Charm of Rotterdam

I spent a lot of time shuttling back and forth between Amsterdam and Rotterdam in my quest to get the temporary visa that brought me back to Turkey. It wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. I had to wake up at 6am to get to Rotterdam in time to go to the Turkish Consulate, […]

Amsterdam in Black-and-White

Amsterdam in Black-and-White

My original plan was to shoot only black-and-white film in Amsterdam. After a very colorful (and color-film-ful) time in Turkey with my family, I wanted to switch it up and use the part of my brain that sees things in monochrome. Shooting black-and-white requires you to notice and emphasize different things than shooting color—line, shape, […]