A long walk through Beyoglu: Istanbul in Black-and-White

Istanbul mosque in B&W

There’s a particular pleasure in travelling slowly.

There’s the opportunity to spend less time running around, desperately checking off sights on a must-do list, and more time to simply stay still and soak up the atmosphere. You can visit a far-flung neighborhood, stay in a park and people-watch, take an afternoon to sit in a cafe, or even just go for a long walk from one end of the city to another.

When an extra week opened up in my schedule for Istanbul, I rushed to take it slow. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything in B&W, so I decided to practice a bit around the neighborhood I was staying in. I doubt I would have been able to do so if I only had three days, running around trying to see all the ‘important sights.’

Below are photos from a long walk through Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, starting from Cihangir and ending in Karakoy. Thoughts on the result?

Turkish delight in an Istanbul shopwindow

House keys in Istanbul

Poetry in an Beyoglu window, Istanbul

Pickled vegetables in Istanbul

Lunchtime in Karakoy

Nut vendor in Istanbul

A strange Turkish taxi in Istanbul

Shoeshiner in Istanbul B&W mosque by Istanbul Modern

Men playing backgammon in Karakoy, Istanbul

Vine-covered alley in Beyoglu, Istanbul

Street scene in Karakoy, Istanbul

B&W architecture in Istanbul

Istanbul, I’m glad I took the time.


25 Responses to A long walk through Beyoglu: Istanbul in Black-and-White

  1. Alli Campbell 18 October, 2012 at 05:25 #

    I so agree about travelling slowly – just soaking up a place is so much more interesting to me than shuffling around museums and “must-dos” all day long. Love these shots – Istanbul is such a vibrant, colourful city, so it’s interesting seeing it pared back to B&W. And I loved Beyoglu too!

    • na-o-mi 18 October, 2012 at 16:32 #

      That’s part of the charm of black and white, I think – sometimes colour is distracting, and paring it down shows you a different side of a place!

  2. Jill 18 October, 2012 at 06:04 #

    This is a great idea. I never shoot in black and white but I think I’d like to set some time aside for a b&w only photo walk.

    • na-o-mi 18 October, 2012 at 16:33 #

      Do it! You get a whole different perspective! :)

  3. Ellie 18 October, 2012 at 10:34 #

    The black and white give the city such a cool, old European feel. love.

  4. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown 18 October, 2012 at 23:09 #

    So nice that you were able to travel slow! That is the best. The pictures are gorgeous!

    • na-o-mi 20 October, 2012 at 01:44 #

      Thank you kindly, Rika :)

  5. Ed 20 October, 2012 at 01:01 #

    Really nice editing on these!

    • na-o-mi 20 October, 2012 at 20:39 #

      Thanks buddy…there was good light that day to make the job so much easier ;)

  6. Andrew 20 October, 2012 at 04:08 #

    Traveling slow is awesome. We only had 4 days in Istanbul and it both not enough and rushed. Love the B&W pictures. The Turkcell car with the little bug ears is neat.

    • na-o-mi 20 October, 2012 at 20:29 #

      I was SO perplexed by those, ha!

  7. Oceana | Barefoot Beach Blonde 20 October, 2012 at 06:53 #

    These photographs are fantastic! Although I’m a die-hard colour photography person, there are some instances where black and white photography really lends itself to the scene. This is definitely one of them!

    • na-o-mi 20 October, 2012 at 20:32 #

      I definitely agree :)

  8. Deb 20 October, 2012 at 17:48 #

    Loved your photographs. Especially the ones with empty streets. Sometime back, I took a long. slow walk around Brooklyn and Manhattan. The city looks vulnerable when I took my time to sift through the streets.

    • na-o-mi 20 October, 2012 at 20:34 #

      Vulnerable…I like that!

  9. Roving Jay 1 November, 2012 at 22:52 #

    I like stopping for a Turkish Coffee when I’m wandering around Istanbul. This way it forces you to sit and wait patiently while it’s prepared. Then when it’s served, you have to wait some more, for the grounds to settle. Finally – you sip it slowly.

    If there’s one lesson a cup of Turkish coffee can teach us — it’s “slow down”.

    Great photo’s – brought back some great memories. This city is in my Top 5 global destinations.

    • na-o-mi 2 November, 2012 at 16:24 #

      You know, I never thought of Turkish coffee that way…will have to try that next time in Istanbul! :)

  10. Eunsuk Kim 3 December, 2012 at 15:56 #

    awesome photos as always! :) good job Naomi!!!

    • na-o-mi 3 December, 2012 at 16:44 #

      I thought of you so often in Istanbul!! You’d love it! ;)

  11. Endri Hasanaj 25 May, 2013 at 01:57 #

    Hey Naomi! Once again you make my jaw drop with this amazing post. The images are all great and I like how you chose to make it black and white, matches the atmosphere. Was that walk as long as it seems? :P I was in Istanbul once for a business trip so I didn’t get to savour as much as I would have liked to. I tried to make a post about it here:
    I know it’s not nearly as well written and rich as yours but I like writting about the places I have met.
    Greetings from Athens!

  12. Julie 30 July, 2013 at 23:13 #

    beautiful pictures!

  13. Gezi Rehberi 4 September, 2013 at 06:19 #

    My lovely country, great photos Naomi!


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