Istanbul to Izmir
by Bruce Rosenstiel
About the Book
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural and historical heart. It is also a transcontinental city straddling the Bosphorus with part of the city in Europe and part in Asia. Additionally, Istanbul's strategic position along the historic silk road helped it to become one of the most significant cities in history. It served as the capital of four empires: Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman.
From a tourist's perspective, the city's biggest draw is its historic center which includes the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, New Mosque, Little Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and Hippodrome. The mix of cultures, historic places, great food, and energetic pace make Istanbul a great destination.
Bird watching, cultural travel, and photography have taken my wife and me to six continents and over fifty countries. Exploring the world has also helped me greater appreciate the diversity and unique beauty of our home in Grapevine, Texas. I enjoy photographing the natural world of flora and fauna, landscapes, and people. As my skills as a photographer have increased, I have became more interested in the details of composition, lighting, and photographing different subjects. Though initially reluctant to photograph people because it seemed too intrusive, I now especially enjoy the challenge of capturing an expression, mood, or perspective in candid street portraits. My coffee table books attempt to capture and present all of these elements in an aesthetically pleasing way. I offer photography classes through the Grapevine and Southlake, TX Park and Recreation departments and also offer small group and private lessons.