Welcome to my website!

This website, in the vast world of internet, is a little place of mine in which I freely share my ideas on various topics that I find interesting and worth sharing. At the moment, topics are not focused; they range from photography to free sources of internet. However, it is a reflection of my own background, so it makes sense in itself. I’ve studied philosophy at Boğaziçi University and did my master in Sociology. Meanwhile, I followed my interest in media arts and worked as a freelancer in media production including directing and taking photos for various occasions. I am mostly active on Instagram so you can catch up with me there. I walk around the streets of Istanbul, visit museums, take photos and share them.

There are lots to write on this website; important notes on the books I read, the historical background of the places I visit, inspirational works of artists, truly great sources on the internet that you can utilize from etc. I hope to create time for all of it. Meanwhile, feel free to share your thoughts, criticisms or suggestions under the articles I post..

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26/04/15 Travel no responses # , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

İzala Butik Otel




İzala Butik Otel adını, Asur krallarından kalma kitabelerde “Kaşiari Dağları” diye sözü edilen bölgenin o dönemki isminden alıyor. Dünyanın en eski şehirlerinden biri olan Mardin-Midyat’taki bu özel konumu itibariyle de birçok tarihi mekâna hemen yürüme mesafesinde. Bir açık hava müzesi niteliğindeki bölgenin ilk ve tek butik oteli İzala’nın kapısından içeri girdiğinizde Mardin’in büyüsünü yaşamaya devam ediyorsunuz. Kök boyalı ahşap tavanlar, el işi avizeler, nakış nakış işlenmiş Mardin taşı ve Türk hamamı…

Odanızda Türk hamamı keyfi

Mardin’in tarihi ve görsel değerlerine sahip çıkan İzala Butik Otel, odalarda misafirlerini adeta tarihi bir yolculuğa çıkarıyor. Nakış nakış işlenen Mardin taşı ve yöre kültürünü yansıtan en güzel unsurlardan kök boyalı ahşap tavanlar odanıza adım atar atmaz dikkatinizi çekecek. 33 Standart, 2 Junior Suite, 4 Corner ve 6 Deluxe olmak üzerek toplam 45 odası bulunan butik otelde konukların rahatı ve konforu için de her şey düşünülmüş; ayarlanabilir klima sistemi, 24 saat oda servisi, led TV, minibar, yastık, kettle, çay, kahve ve bitki çayı ikramı… Odaların kiminde Türk hamamında yorgunluk atarken kiminde de Mardin Kalesi ve Mezopotamya manzarasının keyfini çıkarabilirsiniz.

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Elio Montanari, Italian architect and photographer

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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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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