mahabis photo essay // istanbul by yosun

what we love about these black and white images of the legendary city of istanbul is that they have not been manipulated in anyway. turkish photographer yosun has shot these images in pure old fashion analogue.

these untouched photos use old chemical film to show their authenticity; this is what the photographer actually captured not what he wanted to capture. you might only get one click at it, but you get truth.

istanbul is the perfect city to look back on through an old camera and let the image talk. located on both sides of the bosphorus strait between the black sea and the sea of marmara, istanbul bridges europe and asia both culturally and geographically. it has always been a city of great beauty and contradiction.

it is a city that symbolises the change of era and empire. formerly known as constantinople it took root during ancient greek times but grew when the colony of byzantium was expanded by orders of roman emperor constantine the great.

for nearly a thousand years, the imperial city of constantinople was the last remaining outpost of rome until it was conquered by the ottoman sultan mehmed II in 1453, marking the end of the middle ages and the rise of the great muslim empire.

but as you observe yosun's pictures you realise this photo essay shows the humble and modern residents living in the shadow of the past... or perhaps it's a lull between the past and the future. yosun allows blurred lines, dark shadows and flaring light as birds and people go about their everyday lives in the shadow of great history.

yosun has done a particularly artistic job of his shots of the wharf and fisherman. but one of our favourite shots is their catch. even in black and white their shimmering scales gleam through, and their composition appears like the paint strokes of an abstract painting. 

you can see the whole photo essay at yosun's behance portfolio.

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