Capturing the soul of Istanbul

April 5, 2011 7 comments

It is said that Native Americans and Australian Aborigines used to refuse to be photographed, claiming a photograph will steal or capture their soul. Indeed, a photograph could capture the soul of a city.

The first bridge in the fog
The first bridge in the fog, by Brian Underdown

British expat Brian Underdown just does so. He takes photos of the city, where he lives in and shares them on his blog Brian is a professional photographer for over 25 years and lives in Istanbul since 2009. His work appeared on Hürriyet national daily newspaper and TimeOut Istanbul magazine besides numerous other magazines. has two main sections; “Istanbul Life” and “Istanbul Photography”. While “Istanbul Life” section doubles as the author’s journal, the main emphasis of the blog is on the photography section.

Topics of the blog depends on the daily observations of Brian and varies from “The Dancing Birds over Besiktas” (Besiktas is a district in Istanbul) to “Sapphire above Istanbul” (Sapphire is the tallest building in Europe). Even though I also live in Istanbul (Asian side), sometimes I find out what’s happening on European side (e.g. first snow fall etc.), thanks to Istanbulblogger.

Updates of could be followed via Twitter on @istanbulblogger

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About the author

Sinan Yuzakli
Sinan Yuzakli was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. He lived in London for a brief period and has also traveled to Western Europe, Republic of Korea and Indonesia. Now he lives with his family in Canada. Sinan has worked for Consumer Electronics focused magazines as Editor & Editor in Chief. He studied German, Latin and Russian during his education. He enjoys photography, rock music, classic cars, epic movies, comedy TV shows and Franco/Belgian comics.
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  • Istanbul is definitely on my bucket list!

  • Be our guest :)

  • hi sinan

    the website is going through a radical change however the blogs and photographs will re-appear under a new domain .
    I still live in istanbul just need to focus on the professional side more and life in the city.


  • Hi Brian. As long as blog and photos are still there no problem then. I mean, photos are timeless, aren’t they ;) Wish you our best in your projects.

  • Brian and Sinan, I’ve updated the links which had changed, but I couldn’t find the two photos (“The Dancing Birds over Besiktas” and “Sapphire above Istanbul”). Sorry about that. If anyone can point out the new links I’ll add them in.

  • emailed new links to you . yes sinan there timeless when one gets the time to look at them :-)

  • Ok I’ve updated the links. Thanks for sending them over Brian.