Archive for July, 2012

  • Dear Sof II

    July 7th, 2012

    Today you’re two years old. It’s the strangest thing. When I grew up, it seemed as if it was your duty to thank your parents for your existence. Maybe, but I think that’s only half  the story …  since becoming a parent, I feel it’s the other way around. Right now I want, I need, to thank you for your existence. I don’t know quite how to describe fatherhood, as it’s not like anything I expected, or ever experienced. Yes, it takes a lot of energy, but it gives me so much more. This website is dedicated to you because you made me want to rediscover life without the biases, without the filters that we adopt as we age. Every day I spend with you brings me back a little closer to that fantastic openness of childhood, a time when your emotions are raw and unchecked, a time when you speak what you feel, a time when time itself seems to have no real meaning and your curiosity seems immortal—a great time. Of course, I want to remember every second of it as best I can, because ironically enough, we lose this amazing period of our lives, and it’s for others to remember.

    That’s what I’m trying to record with this site, the great feelings, the wonder that the environment I’m in now inspires, that I can’t be conscious of unless I’m open and curious. I never would have stayed where I am if it weren’t for the power of the place and its people, people like your mother, who make a life possible that once seemed impossible to believe in, that I probably would have scoffed at under other circumstances. There are moments where I want to slow everything down because you just keep getting more and more interesting, and then there are times when I want to speed things up because I can’t wait to see the person you’re becoming and the world we’re creating.

    Thanks for finding me, Sofia.

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  • Call to Şakirin

    July 5th, 2012

    Many things have been done in the name of God, some good, some bad. I’d definitely say the Şakirin Mosque falls into the former category. This place of worship is notable for its extremely contemporary design sensibility and, perhaps more important, the fact that its interior was designed by Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu — a woman. Read More…

  • Balat textures

    July 4th, 2012

    Balat is one of my favorite places to get inspired. It may be run down but the light shines differently here. There are textures, colors, scents and a mood you won’t find anywhere else in Istanbul. Last time I visited my fingers were freezing on the shutter release. Yesterday was a different story. A whole new experience, in sun-drenched, tumble-down Balat.

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  • Summer Elixir

    July 2nd, 2012

    For some of us, summer isn’t always the holiday we want. Or sometimes it’s too much of what we want—sun, drink, late nights. That’s why when I’m feeling like I’ve overdosed on any or all of these things, I resort to my favorite seasonal elixir, which helps me detoxify physically and mentally. The key ingredient here is fresh turmeric root, something which is not always easy to find in Istanbul. I’ve tried with the powder, but don’t seem to enjoy the same feeling afterwards. Fortunately, as I was watching cool little video the other day, shot by I noticed that the natural food and organic supplier in Besiktas, Kirkambar, had some on the counter. Read More…