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 […]

The Oasis of Haydarpasa Cemetery

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in Culture, Turkey | No Comments
The Oasis of Haydarpasa Cemetery

It’s not easy to find quiet places in Istanbul. The city fizzes with relentless energy, buzzy and bustling, crowded and crunching up against your shoulder. But one of my favorite quiet places is hiding in plain sight. Haydarpasa Cemetery was established in the mid-19th century as a resting place for British soldiers, and exists as […]

January 2017

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | 2 Comments
January 2017

After a mad bit of travel from the end of September on (during which I was never in Istanbul for more than 10 days at a time), I was desperate to stay in one place for a little while. So this January was spent completely in Istanbul, renewing my love for the city, and making […]

Four Years Abroad

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 in Personal, Turkey, Yearly | 6 Comments
Four Years Abroad

At the end of July, I sat down and made a list. On it was all the places I’d move to if I had to leave Istanbul quickly. Belgrade, Tbilisi, Kiev, Prague… places I could get to fast and perhaps settle into some substitute version of my life. After the events of July 15, making […]

October 2016

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Monthly, Turkey | No Comments
October 2016

I’m posting this monthly update from somewhere completely new to me: India! This was a month of mood swings.  After a rough September, I felt reinvigorated and much more like myself than I have in a long time: capable, confident, creative; energized by everyone around me. But there was also some lingering blue, perhaps because […]

Istanbul’s Hidden Botanical Garden

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Culture, Turkey | No Comments
Istanbul’s Hidden Botanical Garden

The Atasehir neighborhood on Istanbul’s Asian side is a mess of highways and mismatched ugly skyscrapers; it’s emphatically unpleasant and I rarely have an excuse to stop there. But tucked between off-ramps and building cranes is a little oasis, incongruous in this wasteland of urban blight. Hidden among the highways is the Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical […]

The Dreamspace Between Istanbul and New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 in Photography, Turkey, USA | 8 Comments
The Dreamspace Between Istanbul and New York City

Alison and I met each other in college. We were both theater directors and photography enthusiasts; I piqued her interest in analogue and she turned me towards the weird world of slide film. But we became close more recently, through letters. Alison and I are pen pals. Before I ever wrote a blog, I was […]

July 2016

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 in Monthly, Personal, Turkey | No Comments
July 2016

On the first of July, I posted a picture on Instagram of myself atop a giant rock on our Lycian hike, with the caption: “Bring it on, July. I’m ready for you.” July, I was wrong. I was not ready for you. The first half of the month was regular summer bliss; the second half […]

This Melancholy Summer

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | No Comments
This Melancholy Summer

Istanbul summer is supposed to be full of joy. At this time last year, I was working two freelance jobs and taking intensive Turkish classes, and yet still found time for late night swing-dancing on the seaside, lazy Sunday morning breakfasts under shaded leaves, cheeky midday beers. These days, every conversation is infused with melancholy. […]

A New Normal

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Personal, Turkey | 12 Comments
A New Normal

“My soul, my beauty, my dolorous one, the day of disaster is at hand, come to me no matter where you are, mayhap in an office thick with cigarette smoke, or in the onion-scented kitchen of a house redolent with the smell of laundry, or in a messy blue bedroom. No matter where you are, […]