Lately, every travel I take upon offers me a meeting with a political protest or pride parade. Last Sunday (March 9, 2014) I witnessed the Berliner Euromaidan – a procession of Ukrainians against the alleged dislocation of Russian armed forces in Crimea. I say alleged, mainly because the Kremlin insists that the soldiers, not bearing any marks on the streets of the Ukrainian peninsula, are not theirs.
All along I thought I had shown you the pictures from our trip to Istanbul, Turkey at the last days of 2011 and the first ones of 2012… I’ve realized I never did.
I have never showed you the view from the inner side of Topkapı Palace’s west gate uncovering the Blue Mosque… Or the group of friends strolling down an alley at the Spice Market while laughing at each others’ jokes. Or the many many mosques that rein on every hill of this enigmatic city. Or the true marvel of Istanbul, which is taking a walk in the small and not frequently visited by tourists streets on the west bank of the Golden Horn. The old houses and their ambiance that seems totally disconnected from the hectic pace the world moves by on the main streets of the Turkish capital. Or the shoeshiner and his customer who were exchanging pleasantries in an incomprehensible language to me while the former was doing what he does for living. Or the geometric perspective I have witnessed in probably the greatest temple of God I have ever set my foot in – Hagia Sophia.
I had the opportunity to shoot some photos in Cologne, Germany featuring clouds and other interesting objects. The first set that I published was featuring the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), but now it is time to offer you something in color.
On my recent trip to Cologne (or Köln as it is originally meant to be) I shot a number of photos of the famous cathedral (Kölner Dom) in the city. The weather was very cloudy and it kind of felt right to have them in black and white. Well, the sky and the architecture shades certainly predisposed me to see the images in an applied Moriyama effect.
This was a Prague trip of lights… in many different ways. Indeed, the photographic opportunities were amazing. The light conditions were just perfect. And somehow I couldn’t resist but to see a few shots through my Moriyama filter. So you will not see below a presentation that features the same tonality or vision. Just like the city itself – on one side the great sights and on the other the touristy flashy and quite not interesting (to me at least) shops.