Hello! My name is Tugba.

I’m a self-taught photographer and philosophy graduate based in Istanbul. I spend a lot of time talking to strangers and trying to understand human nature.

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Interview with Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Interview with Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

Interview with Elio Montanari by Tuğba Kibar/ Experience of Living Together in Istanbul / October 2010

Elio Montanari is an Italian architect and a photographer with a focus on buildings and physical structures and therefore the city itself in general. Living in Istanbul since 2002, Elio was married here for the first time of his life and plans to stay in Istanbul from now on.

When one is posed the question related to the coexistence of various religious groups, family ties and neighbourhood relations are almost the only subject matter that is discussed. During my conversation with Elio, I came to realize that physicality of space in and of itself can be the foundation of coexistence.

There is no shock for me because I don’t have any problems of identity in the sense that I was always used to, to meet diversity. I mean the problem of identity is being solved with meeting different people. So, I believe in what we may say, cannibalism. Intellectual and spiritual cannibalism which means that I see you, you are different from me. So I cannot have any shocks about Istanbul and the people in Istanbul. But I find myself. Yes, I always find myself through diversity, through meeting diversity.

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Walk along the Haliç coastline, when you start to notice half collapsed buildings you will know that you are in Balat. You enter the district through a historical door of the citadel which is not to imposing but indicates that you are about to enter a special place. Narrow slopes consist of old sequential houses which face each other. Houses are generally narrow faced with three or four stories. In front of the discolored houses on the stairway women sit around  and chat. You may also see their husbands smoking outside in front of the door. Children are keeping the streets busy with their jumping, shouting and playing around.

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Set Photography of debut feature Seaburners, by Melisa Onel, starring Mira Furlan and Timucin Esen

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Kosmasaydım yazamazdım

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Ben koşarken, yalnızca koşarım. Bir boşluğun içerisinde koşarım. Ters yönden bir ifade kullanmak gerekirse, boşluğu yakalayabilmek için koşuyorumdur belki de. Bu boşluğun içerisine bile, kopuk kopuk düşünceler doğallıkla süzülüverir. Çok normal. İnsanın yüreğinde gerçek bir boşluk var olamaz. İnsanın ruhu mutlak bir boşluğu kaldıracak ölçüde güçlü olmadığı gibi, tekdüze bir yapıya da sahip değildir. Yine de, koşarken ruhuma süzülen bu tür düşünceler nihayetinde boşluğun yan ürünlerinden öteye geçmez. Bunlar içeriklerin çevresinde değil, boşluk ekseninde oluşmuş düşüncelerdir.

Haruki Murakami

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Olira Boutique Hotel & Spa

TUROB HOTEL / Sayı:88 Ağustos 2014

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TATİL CENNETİ BODRUM’DA KONFORLU VE HUZURLU BİR ADRES 

Bodrum yarımadasının en eski yerleşim yerlerinden biri olan Gündoğan, Yalıkavak-Göltürkbüküarasındaki yol üzerinde ve kayalık bir tepenin yamacında yer alıyor. Olira Boutique Hotel & SPA, eskiden Farilya olarak bilinen Gündoğan Koyu’nun en şık otellerinden biri. Yeşil ve maviyi bir arada kucaklayan otel nar ağaçları ve palmiyelerin bulunduğu gizli bir bahçenin içinde yer alıyor.

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Joshua: Minimalist Daireme Göz Atın

 By Joshua Fields Millburn /Tour Joshua’s Minimalist Apartment

 

İnsanlar genellikle özel yaşam alanımın nasıl bir yer olduğunu merak ederler; bir minimalist nasıl yaşar, evi neye benzer… Bu röntgenci soruların kaynağını anlayabiliyorum. Minimalizmle ilk tanıştığım sıralar ben de insanlar üzerindeki etkisini merak ediyordum. Minimalist bir yaşama sahip olanların dünyalarına adım atıp benim isteyebileceğim bir şey olup olmadığına karar vermek istiyordum. O zaman bile minimalizmin herkese göre olmadığını anlamıştım. Sonuçta bir keşişe dönüşmek istemiyordum. Çantamı alıp dünyayı gezmek için yollara koyulmaya da niyetim yoktu. Bütün eşyalarımı yok edip bomboş bir dairede de oturmak istemiyordum. Bir minimalist olarak gerçekten mutlu olabilir miydim?

Minimalizmin cezbedici dünyası 

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Ryan ve ben, bazı minimalistler gibi radikal olma ya da aşırıya kaçma isteğimizin olmadığını göstermek amacıyla I counted my things adlı bir websitesi bile açmıştık. Sonra ise süreç şu şekilde gerçekleşti:

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Interview with Elif Shafak

Interview with Elif Shafak

15-19 October, 2008/ Today’s Culture (A Special Supplement By Today’s Daily News The Frankfurt Book Fair)

Elif Şafak, a prominent Turkish novelist, spoke to Today’s Culture about her 15-year journey of writing, what literature means to her, where she sees herself in Turkish literature and what feeds her writing. In her first interview since giving birth to her second child, she announced that a new novel was on the way.

Elif Şafak: Literature is a love, and, like every love, it is irrational. 

I guess you aren’t going through postpartum depression this time like you experienced after your first pregnancy. Can you write?
I haven’t experienced similar problems this time. Both the pregnancy and the post-pregnancy period have been much easier, calmer, softer and more peaceful this time. I think writing “Siyah Süt” [”Black Milk,” her last book] has a great role in this. That book healed me. “Siyah Süt” tackles postpartum depression, but it does this with humor. Writing the book had a positive impact on me. And I have had many readers tell me that reading the book had a similar impact on their lives. As a writer, this makes me happy.

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Interview with Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.

Interview with Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.
November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News /By Tuğba Kibar

Halil Karaduman, one of the world’s leading “kanuni” (those who play kanun, or Turkish zither), is known as a fabulous musician of unlimited talents who uses the kanun in a very dynamic way and with a great deal of ability.Having played kanun for decades, the wide range of music he makes has inspired many young kanun players to imitate him and has made the kanun an indispensable instrument in Turkish music and one of the most desired instruments in world music. Sunday’s Zaman interviewed Karaduman, a kanun-playing genius.

November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News

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One of the unique characteristics of Kenan Özten’s signature kanuns is that every piece is made by him and his apprentice Zafer Kibar. 

November 02, 2008, Sunday/ Published at Today’s Daily News

The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan Özten, one of the finest kanun-makers alive, explained to Sunday’s Zaman that “while the kanun has been a traditional musical instrument in Turkey, we have started to see a great interest lately especially among our youth.”What makes the kanun unique, he said, is the instrument is strung with nylon strings in contrast to a similar instrument that is played in the Alpine countries. Interestingly the bridge does not stand on a wooden soundboard but on a parchment (drum skin), similar to the banjo. This results in a characteristic tone.

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Denim sandblasters contract fatal silicosis in illegal workshops

October 19, 2008, Sunday/Published at Today’s Daily News

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Hundreds of workers in Turkey are exposed to the deadly disease silicosis simply because they were hired to manually sandblast denim in makeshift illegal workshops where the health and well-being of laborers were disregarded and safety gear ignored, activists say.

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Unleashing the full potential of Turkey’s jewelry industry

November 27, 2008, Thursday/Published at Today’s Daily News

Specialists from Turkey and around the world will gather today at İstanbul’s Swissotel The Bosphorus for the first International Gold Summit, organized by Active Academy, to discuss the latest developments and future expectations of the Turkish precious metals sector.
Though the summit will attract all facets of Turkey’s precious metals sector, Today’s Zaman talked to İstanbul Gold Exchange (İAB) Deputy Chairman Osman Saraç about the current situation of the Turkish gold and jewelry sector.

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