"If one has one last glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul"
Alphonse de Lamartine
Istanbul, not Constantinople - as They Might Be Giants would sing...
SINEM IN THE HOUSE - Photo taken in Istanbul with Olympus u700 point and shoot.
The city which straddles two continents, which boast a sparkling blue sea endlessly running through it, the cradle of many a civilisation. The city that teaches mere mortals the most humbling lesson: All that lives must one day die, showing the mere proof in many a palace, church, mosque, synagogue, cistern, aquedact; our inheritance from old-age empires whose kings and sultans have walked the very roads of this city. The town once built on seven hills, now grown into metropolitan, home to 20 million, Turkey's largest city, where many hopefuls from the East migrate to with many a hope, many a dream, many a delusion that 'the streets are gold...'
Istanbul. The exotic, veiled, bejewelled woman. No tour you take on a double-decker or on a boat along the Bosphorus, no guidebook will tell you of the step-children of Istanbul. It is as if this woman's imperfections and secrets are glossed over in the glossy photographs in those glossy guidebooks.
You hear the history - the Roman, the Byzantine, The Ottoman... The Jew, the Christian, the Muslim... You never get to hear His Story. The story of the shoe-shine boy who lugs his box along all day long to put some money in the piggy for his mum and six siblings, or the story of the construction worker who lines up at five in the morning to be picked up for work so he could make a few bucks to provide for his family living in the 'varosh' (ghetto), or the story of the young man who walks on a motorway in between cars in the heat of the summer, to sell a few bottles of water to anyone who'd take pity.
No, you only hear histories. Or glossy stories.
What happens to His Story?
The story of Istanbul's step-children gets told in one photograph that will not get published in a glossy guidebook.
Words and Photography by Sinem
"Ars longa, vita brevis."
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