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istanbul, turkey, türkye, turkye, wall, brick, marble, tiles, graffiti, grafitti, creature, history, culture, technology, sold

Istanbul is a city with a long and rich history, and its walls reflect this in many different ways:

  • from polished marble to crumbling brick
  • from medieval tiles in a mosque to tiles on the wall of a modern apartment building
  • from elegant trompe l ’oeil paintings to coarse grafitti
  • from decorative brick to brick-colored mortar
  • from slick perfection to endlessly repaired
  • from shadows of walls to shadows of walls on other walls
  • from various living creatures making those walls their home to causing them to crumble

Walls are technology. Walls are culture. Walls are art.

A week spent in Istanbul resulted in a rich (photographic) crop of walls, of which this calendar can give you no more than a taste, a small sample… (and there is more to come).

Enjoy it! Order it! Put Istanbul’s walls on your wall.

All these images are also available separately as photographic prints or wall art. The thumbnails below link to the respective photo pages:

Late afternoon in Topkapı Sarayı  
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Graffiti on a painted wall   Wall with a history: Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia)   19th Century İznik tiles in Karaköy Tünel station   Sparrows living in the wall of Bab-ı Ali (Sublime Porte)  
January   February   March   April  
White stone, red brick, pink mortar (Topkapı Sarayı)   Relaxing on marble (Eyüp)   (Ir)regular: tiles on a modern building in Eyüp   Juxtaposition - marble fountain and graffiti (Topkapı Sarayı)  
May   June   July   August  
Wall repairs in Yedikule Hisarı (Yedikule Fortress)   Graffiti and shadows on the wall of Alay Köskü (Parade Pavilion)   Ancient İznik tiles in the Çinili Camii (Tiled Mosque)   Brick arches in Yedikule Hisarı (Yedikule Fortress)  
September   October   November   December  

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I have two passions: travel and photography – and these are often combined. Though even in my own city I often have a camera with me!

When I am not actually taking photographs or working on photographs, you may find me busy programming or otherwise working on my websites.

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  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 3 years ago

    Prachtige kalender, Marjolein! Op en top een ‘Katsma’!
    Groeten en mooi weekend verder!

  • Da’s een mooi compliment, Hans, dankjewel.

    We gingen echt voor een weekje vakantie (dat had ik ook erg nodig), maar ja, hoe kun je in zo’n stad nou geen foto’s maken? Tussendoor dus toch een beetje ‘gewerkt’. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • kappisan
    kappisanabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous Images!:)
    Love it marjolein!!:D
    Big Fav!:D

  • Heel erg bedankt kappi! blij dat je m’n kalender mooi vindt, en ook bedankt voor je fave!
    Many thanks, kappisan! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    Wow, a fabulous collection of your unique and beautiful work! Wonderful images! XOXOXOXXOXOXO

  • Thank you very much, Autumnwind! Istanbul is such a wonderful city — I’m sure I’ll go back many times!
    Thanks for the fave, too! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

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