Picture Istanbul: A Photo Journey

I was impressed with Istanbul.  I’m sure there are few people who see the city that aren’t left at least slightly awed by how stunning it is.  But, to no one’s fault but my own, I really didn’t have a great story-worthy experience in Istanbul.  I loved getting down and relaxing on Galata Bridge with a warm apple tea in one hand and nargile in the other, even if it was bloody cold out.  I loved watching the people in Istanbul, there’s such an interesting collection of people there.  Initially, I liked the food too.  However, the taste of the food got fairly monotonous over time.  I honestly couldn’t wait to get some other style of cuisine after a couple days.  But most of all, I loved taking pictures in Istanbul.  It really is such an interesting place to try to capture.

Blue Mosque Istanbul

Each time I post one of these photo articles I feel like I’m letting you people down.  I swear, I’ll start posting travel adventure stories to go along with the photography shortly.  However, Europe has simply been way too easy for me.  As sad as it may be, I really do feel like I need to be shot at, hang out with Costa Rican Prostitutes, or stare a lion in the eye these days just to have a story to tell.  Europe is predictable, even places like Istanbul which certainly are more raw than the more dull cities like Vienna.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the photos of Istanbul.  I focused most of my photography around the fairly touristy part of the city.  Don’t hang me for not getting more of the city in this set of pictures.  Turkey really is an intriguing country to me, and I hope to someday get back and photograph the other parts of the country, of which I’m sure are also worthy of some snaps.

Hagia Sofia Istanbul

Inside the beautiful Hagia Sofia. Shame it was under construction when we were there.

Hagia Sofia Istanbul

Hagia Sofia at dusk

shoe shiner Istanbul

A shoe shiner waiting for a client

Blue mosque inside Istanbul

Inside the Blue Mosque, the design is so beautiful.

woman Istanbul

A woman across from downtown Istanbul

cats Istanbul

Istanbul is full of cats.

corn vendor Istanbul

Selling corn on the cob.

Courtyard Blue Mosque Istanbul

Blue Mosque at Dusk

dog Istanbul

Maybe the coolest dog in Istanbul.

Blue Mosque Istanbul

The Blue Mosque as seen from the terrace of Ibrahim Pacha Hotel

Blue Mosque fountain Istanbul

The Blue Mosque behind the fountain.

teas Istanbul

Some teas in a market, including my favourite apple tea.


In front of one of the mosques.


In the yard of the Blue Mosque.

Kebab Istanbul

Kebab cook in Istanbul.


Istanbul as seen from Galata Bridge.


Another shot taken from Galata Bridge.


Grande Bazaar Istanbul

Inside the Grande Bazaar.

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. you got some great images! I love the one of the Hagia Sofia at dusk. I have seen the dude on the motorcycle with the dog. Apparently he charges people for pictures. He gets a lot of attention from the tourist and surely loves it.

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    • Hi Rebecca,
      Yeah, that guy was seeking attention for sure. Never asked us for any money though. The dog was awesome… he was a bit creepy. haha.

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  2. I love the photos – also love photo posts as well, so keep them coming. Did you make it to anywhere else in Turkey?

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    • Thanks Natalie. Unfortunately not. I think next time I go to Turkey I want to spend a couple months and rent a car to drive around it. But this was really just a stop in to Istanbul on the way to Indonesia.

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  3. Nice selection of photos!

    They are absolutely amazing and so beautiful. I am so thrilled to have found your website and the beautiful pictures, “blue mosque at dusk” is extremely beautiful. I just want to say thank you for sharing these amazing pictures.

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    • Thanks Dave, I’m happy you’re enjoying the website. Cheers!

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  4. Istanbul (and Turkey) is a place I would so love to visit. I’m hoping to get either there or Peru this year but your pictures definitely make me want to visit Turkey.

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    • Yeah, Peru is amazing. Such a diverse place! But Istanbul really is one of the most amazing cities in the world. So unique.

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