Photoessay: Architectural vignettes of Constantinople

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There’s a deliberate choice to the title of this post: my guess is that all of these structures were in existence when Istanbul was still Constantinople, and they’ll continue to exist beyond whatever the next name change might be (if at all). The people change, society changes, the administration does too – but for the most part, the urban landscape remains for pragmatic reasons: both because there’s another level of civic/cultural pride that extends back through history, because it’s impossible to imagine a city without some of them, and because many still serve practical functions today. This is probably the very best of architecture: the kind of edifice that continues to serve far beyond the originally intended purpose of its creators and architects – even if only to serve as a reminder of identity. MT

This series was shot in Istanbul with a Hasselblad H6D-100c, 50, 100 and 150mm lenses, and post processed with Photoshop and LR Workflow III (and the Weekly Workflow). Get more out of your voyages with T1: Travel Photography.

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  1. One correction: Most of those structures were not there when it was called Constantinople. Actually except from Hagia Sophia, non were built before the name was changed to Istanbul 🙂
    Nice pictures, as usual.

  2. This city lives from its enormous historical background which is still giving this special flair. Leaving the ancient areas, a morbid charm comes along showing the cities decay. Besides all that, the super modern parts lead to belief that its a very vivid one.

  3. Superb photos of a lovely place, brilliant architecture. Enjoyed your blog entry very much indeed, thank you.

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