Photo Essay: Istanbul at night
I am used to the sort of glimming sky lines that cities like New York, Paris and London can throw at you. Istanbul at night, however, is in a league of its own. The city is built on seven hills and with the bosphorous and historic architecture makes for a perfect location for night photography. I had a great panoramic view of the city during the day time 100 feet above sea level in the Galata Tower. At night the Galata bridge and along the Golden Horn to Eminonu ferry port provided interesting locations for capturing a sense of what the city looks like.
Closer to my hotel, in the Sultanahmet district the main tourist sites were all within easy reach. I was particularly struck by how the city emptied as the locals took taxis, ferries, trams and walked home. The bars, cafes and restaurants of course tended to come alive as night fell. Street food stalls and vendors made brisk business as did night markets especially around the Yeni mosque or the mosque of Valide Sultan and the Spice (Egyptian) bazaar. Families could be found just hanging out in the Sultanahmet area, seated on neatly folded blankets in the grass areas near Ayasofya. The little kids, as you’d expect, were particularly fascinated by the changing colours of the fountain between the Blue mosque and Aya sophia. The selfie stick must have been made with Istanbul in mind. You couldn’t walk more than a second or two without seeing a selfi stick in use. This indeed is the city of photography. Perhaps the only city I have been in where the locals seem to take more photographs of themselves than tourists and travelers do.