Istanbul is a very special place in many ways. For me it was the first place I visited when I was a kid that was very different, that didn’t look like back home. Romania is a beautiful country, but when I was growing up it was a fairly closed country with very little access to the outside world. Once communism ended and the borders opened up, Istanbul was an easy destination and I remember being fascinated by the energy of the place. Even Asia was just a bridge away from the European side. It’s one of those places that manages to, at the same time, look exotic and familiar. It’s a great introduction to the Middle East and beyond.
Since then I have visited many times and I always enjoyed coming back here, but this time the trip is a bit different. I came here to shoot the city for a client, to show it in the best light possible. It’s one of those cool assignments when you actually have enough freedom to get your own vision across and the client trusts you because they’ve already seen the images you’ve produced before.
So as a result, I’ve been wondering the streets of Istanbul, sunrise to sunset, photographing some beautiful sights and being lucky enough to witness some amazing light.