Winter in Istanbul: Art & Freedom


Saturday 11 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

And here’s something else from our mid-winter time up in Istanbul…

Art, as an expression of humanity, is something I’ve never really understood, but I have to admire. You see, I struggle to draw a stick man cartoon, let alone anything as recognisable as something that could be labeled ‘art’.

I guess ‘understood’ is too strong a label; what I mean is that I don’t have the artistic mental capacity to appreciate the nuances of true art. I’m a technical guy; give me a schematic diagram any day…

Street art, on the other hand, is more than art, it’s freedom of expression. 




…and Istanbul is full of it






And why? Well, freedoms and the expression of and fight for are something rather current, shall we say here in Türkiye.

In terms of my blogging, and the continuance thereof, it’s perhaps inadvisable for me to go down this road too far, so I’ll just leave you with some images I took that mean something significant to many here.




Above is Taksim Square.

Below is Gezi Park. 






Eyes are still everywhere…




As are the means…

This is one of the infamous TOMA armoured street control vehicles, of which we have thousands, located on street corners in most large towns and cities.




Once I stood there and faced one.

The camera and water nozzle watching me.

I was not alone. There were thousands.

But I felt so small.


4 thoughts on “Winter in Istanbul: Art & Freedom

  1. dayphoto says:

    I want you to keep blogging so I’m glad you moved on with the subject! I liked your photos…Turkey is a beautiful place.


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