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photoblog image 99 in the Shade #6 - At the Sultan's Door

99 in the Shade #6 - At the Sultan's Door

99 in the Shade - At the Sultan's Door

Sinem In The House

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"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Two tourists chilling at the Sultan's door, drained by the oppressive Istanbul heat and worn out after hours of sight seeing, the woman peacefully sleeping on the man's lap, in front of the Sultan's door by the harem terrace at Topkapi Palace.

The very door Sultans and their thousand concubines, eunuchs, servants, viziers, janissaries have walked through, the very terrace overlooking the cool blue waters of the Bosphorus thirty six Ottoman sultans have gazed into over seven centuries.

Seven hundred years on... Sultans go to dust, it's the waters of the Bosphorus, their palaces, their terraces, their doors that stand the test of time, evidence of once glamorous life for weary tourists to look, ponder and fall asleep on.


Words and photography by Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis."

99 in the Shade #6 - At the Sultan's Door

99 in the Shade - At the Sultan's Door

Sinem In The House

See  policyofsubster

"We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Two tourists chilling at the Sultan's door, drained by the oppressive Istanbul heat and worn out after hours of sight seeing, the woman peacefully sleeping on the man's lap, in front of the Sultan's door by the harem terrace at Topkapi Palace.

The very door Sultans and their thousand concubines, eunuchs, servants, viziers, janissaries have walked through, the very terrace overlooking the cool blue waters of the Bosphorus thirty six Ottoman sultans have gazed into over seven centuries.

Seven hundred years on... Sultans go to dust, it's the waters of the Bosphorus, their palaces, their terraces, their doors that stand the test of time, evidence of once glamorous life for weary tourists to look, ponder and fall asleep on.


Words and photography by Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis."

comments (14)

what a great capture. I like the mystery of the door and the people in this shot.
  • atunbi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Oct 2006, 01:13
Well done sinem.
hey sinem,

awesome shot. i love the presitge and regal feel of the sultan's door, and how it stands in contrast to the comfortable, laid back nature of the tourists. i also really like the collision of eastern and western cultures.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 28 Oct 2006, 01:30
It's wild to think of standing on the threshold of so much history. I wonder if they even thought about that when they were sitting there like that? Thought provoking post.
suby this is a really great shot. very natural. thanks for the little bit of history, it really adds to the photograph.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Oct 2006, 12:17
If I'm quick this is your 100,000 viewing, well done and much respect. smile
  • micki
  • United States
  • 28 Oct 2006, 12:31
This is one of the things about the passing of time that I enjoy so much. How mighty empires fall or fade, and centuries later are nothing more than a place for the common folk to tread upon while looking at a travel brochure and discussing the next stop on their tour.

This is my favorite shot of the series.
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 28 Oct 2006, 14:31
nice composition and framing.
  • Alicia
  • United States
  • 28 Oct 2006, 16:42
This looks like an ad for contemporary clothing. Marvelous "poses" and backdrop.
  • shiv
  • India
  • 28 Oct 2006, 19:14
aah,yet another great shot,
have been visiting this blog for a long time thought i'd comment today since my connection hasnt given way in about 15 mins now...!! its very unstable...
visited www.subysphoto.com as well,
both sites are great with some really memorable shots...
keep up the good work....!!
Lovely slice-of-life shot.
Nice shot and comments Sinem!Ü smile
  • mat
  • France
  • 30 Oct 2006, 13:00
nice moment!
very candid, well done.

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