The Grand Bazaar on Volvox Film

Posted on Nov 15, 2017 in Photography, Turkey | 6 Comments
The Grand Bazaar on Volvox Film

I can’t control myself when it comes to strange film. Lomography sells all kinds of quirky films and I usually manage to resist. They’re pricey, and I don’t always like film that promises to warp my pictures. The few times I have used weird Lomo film– like my purple wonderland jaunt to Cappadocia– have been […]

October 2017

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey | No Comments
October 2017

One of the beautiful things about spending the entire month in Istanbul is that there’s so much time, and so much to fill it with. This splendid October was a month of bike rides, early morning runs, open studio visits, coffee dates in the sunshine, and small adventures around the city. Last year, I spent […]

Chasing Autumn in the Kackars

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 in Turkey | No Comments
Chasing Autumn in the Kackars

Around September or October, when summer slowly slips away from Istanbul, I feel this tug behind my heart. It’s the time of year I become helplessly nostalgic, even as the city settles into splendid sunshine sweater weather that lingers and the pomegranates pop back into the markets. I grew up in New England, and this […]

September 2017

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey | 4 Comments
September 2017

September was the last gasp of summer, and I squeezed as much as possible into those fading summer days– including two quick jaunts to the Mediterranean coast and so much art. Best Of The Month I went to Kabak, my annual vacation place in Turkey, for a very quick break. I love going there because it’s so […]

A Journey To Turkey’s Georgian Monasteries

Posted on Sep 23, 2017 in Culture, Turkey | One Comment
A Journey To Turkey’s Georgian Monasteries

Most of the wonderful places in the world are ones we’ll only ever experience through articles and pictures. No matter how fortunate or flexible you are, there will always be destinations that are too obscure or too complicated to get to; I have lists and lists of places like this, and I revel in the […]

“Isn’t It Dangerous?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Personal, Turkey | 11 Comments
“Isn’t It Dangerous?”

When I was in Tunisia in May, my friend Danielle and I went to a small island called Djerba to do stories about an annual Jewish pilgrimage. We were staying in a very nice, very beautiful hotel in the town of Erriadh, walking distance from the oldest synagogue in Africa and the central location for […]

On Travel, Home, and Balance

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Personal, Turkey | 4 Comments
On Travel, Home, and Balance

Recently I was gushing to my friend Masha about how happy I was to be back in my apartment in Istanbul surrounded by my plants, and how thrilling it felt to fall back into my routine of work and coffee dates around Kadikoy. “Weren’t you just complaining about being stuck in Istanbul?” She was right. […]

The Best View In Istanbul: Buyuk Valide Han

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in Turkey | 5 Comments
The Best View In Istanbul: Buyuk Valide Han

It’s a view made for Instagram. The sweep of Istanbul unfurling below– there’s the New Mosque, and the Galata Tower, and the curling blue of the Bosphorus. The seeming precarious perch. The illusion of solitude. Buyuk Valide Han is part of the Grand Bazaar with a splendid (and accessible) rooftop view. It’s tricky to find […]

February 2017

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Monthly, Turkey, Ukraine | 4 Comments
February 2017

February felt like a reset after overextending myself in January; it was a chance to be grounded and calm and to catch up with many, many friends. Lots of laughter this month got me through the last gasp of dreary winter. Best Of The Month I needed to get out of Istanbul at the beginning […]

Istanbul Half-Frames

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Black-and-White Cities, Photography, Turkey | No Comments
Istanbul Half-Frames

The hazy, dreamy diptychs that I can create with my Olympus Pen suit one city more than any other– Istanbul. It’s easy to forget after living here for so long that this city is so enrapturing. It’s even easier to forget the poetic joys of the place when the mood is darkened by short days […]