Monday, November 19, 2012

Searching for the Museum of Innocence

One of my coworkers recently finished reading Orhan Pamunk's Museum of Innocence and read that the museum based on the book had recently opened in Istanbul. We decided to see if we could find it. We wandered through a LOT of area, got lost multiple times, but ultimately got to the museum.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (65 of 93)
I haven't read the book, so I was more interested in the photo ops along the way. Sometimes I think a city that is still new to you can be just like a museum, with something fascinating around every corner.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (66 of 93)
2012.05 Istanbul Erup (67 of 93)
Like all big cities, Istanbul has a lot of graffiti - which surprised me for some reason when I first arrived. I guess I associate it with gangs and I tend to think more about the US when I think graffiti.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (75 of 93)
2012.05 Istanbul Erup (92 of 93)
The museum was in a old house - so it was very much in a residential area. I managed to get a few faces of people watching the visitors to the museum.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (80 of 93)
I was also totally charmed by the little remnants of every day life we saw along the block: a kitchen window, with dishes drying in the drainer.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (83 of 93)
A forgotten shopping bag.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (84 of 93)
Yogurt containers used as flower pots.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (86 of 93)
A single forgotten shoe.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (87 of 93)
2012.05 Istanbul Erup (88 of 93)
A flea market on the street.

2012.05 Istanbul Erup (88 of 93)
I'm convinced the best way to experience a city is to get lost. You never know what you are going to find.

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10 comments:

Clinton Painter said...

Love these pictures! My favorite is of the young girl looking out the window. What a great twist on getting lost. When I get lost in a new city all I do is panic until I can figure out where I am.

Karen said...

These might be my favorite photos of Istanbul so far. I also love the young girl, but also the peek down the street with the graffiti on the walls. the flower pots in the window, and the scooter.

Angie Willis said...

This is a great collection of photos Jamie. I'm wondering how that first one might look in black and white.

Nicole said...

Great pics. I love seeing some of the things you see every day. Makes it feel a little bit like you aren't so far away.

Lisa Gordon said...

Jamie, this is a really wonderful series of images.
you have captured a certain feel here, and it is fantastic.
Beautifully done!
xo.

Krystal said...

awesome photos, i looove the girl hanging out the window, so cute!

Justine said...

I read the book, would love to go and visit

Sara said...

I absolutely love looking at things through your eyes! I would have never saw the beauty of an abandoned shoe or a shopping bag, but your photos are gorgeous!

Dagmar said...

Love your photos Jamie, I think you are so right, the more you travel the more similarities you see, and hopefully we can each make in our way the world a better place..
Happy Thanksgiving to you tomorrow so far away from your home❤

blue elephant photography said...

Totally agree - I'm convinced the best way to experience a city is to get lost

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