Travel Photography | Istanbul | Istiklal Caddesi | Life On The Street

Istanbul | Turkey

© 2009 Wazari Wazir | Istanbul Turkey | Istiklal Caddesi

This is not my latest picture, but a photograph taken last year, November 2009 at Istiklal Caddesi. Located in the Beyoğlu district in the modern part of Istanbul, Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Street) is the most famous pedestrian street in Istanbul. This three kilometer long avenue stretches from Taksim Square to Tünel, the world’s second-oldest subway. This place is visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.

I’ve already share this very same picture in this blog before but in colors, back then I don’t have the time to play around with different kind of editing because I’ve a lot of pictures to shared, so I just play around with color tone instead. This is a historical place, rich with culture and surrounded with old looking but beautiful architecture along the street of Istiklal and I think by sharing it with you in black and white instead of colors we can have a little bit of nostalgia, minus the handphone off course.

I like this picture personally because, despite walking around busy area of Istiklal, this pretty young lady still have the time to smile while talking to the cellphone. When looking back at this picture, it’s looks like a scene in the romantic movie. Some people say Istanbul is the most beautiful and romantic city in the world. I’m not so sure about that because I’ve never been to some other romantic city in the world but from my point of view, Istanbul is beautiful. This is the area where East meets West. Part of Istanbul is rich with  Islamic culture while some other place is heavy with European culture or influence. That’s what make Istanbul is so unique on it’s own.

For those of you who like street photography, Istanbul is a must visit place, there is so much things going on here, and most importantly you can see people from all around the world walking here, enjoying themselves, especially around Istiklal Caddesi. I don’t have the luxury of time to explore this area fully because I have another assignment to be worried about, I just use my limited free time to visit this place. If I have the time for sure I will  spend the whole day exploring this area alone and maybe come back for another visit the very next day. There is “LIFE” on the street of Istiklal.

Another entry about Istanbul  can be found HERE

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