Inaugurating a new series of short posts about one specific photographic moment, one travel memory, is this picture of Istanbulites and tourists sitting down for the indispensable cup of tea or fishing away the afternoon, next to the Karaköy ferry terminal.
I like that the group in the center is looking off to the right (a fisherman has just caught an unfortunate gull in his line and is setting it free) while the ferry heads off to the left. Galata bridge is a stone throw to the right, carrying untold traffic to the old city, but here it is much more peaceful. The simple seats, the ever-present tea, the smoke and – of course – the fantastic waterways, are what Istanbul is all about.
If you’d like to make wonderful photographs of Istanbul, be sure to check our Istanbul travel guide for photographers. It is packed with the best points of views in that fantastic city.