The government of Turkey flew me there in April 2014 to take photographs and promote tourism as a part of their Come See Turkey program. My Turkish posts on Instagram have garnered thousands of comments and over half a million likes from people across the world. Here are some of my favorite images from Istanbul.
Come See Turkey, Day 2: Istanbul
The trip kicked into high gear here on day two. We started off the day with a press conference with reporters from across the area. Many of us were interviewed individually after the conference. (Additionally a crew from Turkish television accompanied us on nearly the whole trip.)
Come See Turkey, Day 1: Istanbul
The first day of the trip was stretched out to over 36 hours with traveling across the globe from my house in Oregon to Istanbul. On arrival, I was driven to the Karaköy district to the Hotel Gradiva (now I believe named the Purl) to catch my breath. As the sun set, we then had an orientation meeting at Mustafa's studio a short walk away...
Come See Turkey, Day 3: Grand Bazaar of Istanbul
The Grand Bazaar (Büyük Çarşı or Kapalıçarşı in Turkish) in Istanbul is full of life and sound and wonderful aromas. The sense of history weighs on you everywhere, and more recently it's been the location for a number of fun films, like James Bond Skyfall. The guides from Come See Turkey took us up onto the roof in a few places for some spectacular views of the city...