• People

    Dear Sof II

    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…

  • Art / Design / Craft,  Places

    Call to Şakirin

    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.

  • Photography,  Places

    Balat textures

    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.

  • Food & Drink,  Mind / Body

    Summer Elixir

    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.