I was first drawn to this scene by the man in the red and white striped booth in front of the Eminonu Mosque. I walked past him, but decided to turn around and take his photo. When I returned, this scene had just set up: the women, the birds, the red coat, the cellphone photo shoot, and the contrast between the women wearing hijabs and those without leaving the mosque entrance. The scene captured the colors and contrasts of the city; Istanbul as traditional and modern, secular and religious, in-between and both.
Linda Ciesielski is a recent graduate of the MIT’s Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, where she received her Masters in City Planning with a focus in Environmental Policy and Planning. She received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 2005. This trip was her first time in Istanbul. For further inquiries about the work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.