These photographs were taken during long, seemingly endless, walks through this sprawling mega city that straddles the Bosphorus Strait. Whilst the pull of the Bosphorus was irresistible, my meanderings also took me through neighborhoods seldom seen by tourist eyes.
Zeytinburnu, Bagcilar and Goztepe are unfamiliar names to most, but these areas revealed more about the city than any tourist attraction could ever hope to. Under grey skies that were unwelcome companions for most of my trip, Istanbul feels inescapably Balkan in spirit, yet when the clouds lift, a Mediterranean-esque optimism seems to grow. A captivating city with intrigue at every turn, I wish I was there now.
Photography Tom Bett