Editorial

Just Now – a fish escapade

After a beautiful morning with the photographer Jonathan Lewis at Kantin, I suggested Şemsa that we should go to Karaköy Balıkçısı for an escape. And we did. Well, I ended up eating alone cause of the terrible car park nonsense, after half an hour we couldn’t park. She had limited…

Çay!

Tea! Tea is welcoming, tea is friendliness, tea is Turkey. You do not have to ask for one, you are immediately provided with it. At every home, a household is the tea professor who is in charge of mixing different tea brands in different ratios, creates a formula for making the best…

One fine day in Burgazada

When Nil suggested that we should work at Burgazada instead of Istanbul, the next thing I remember is us checking our calendars. Our morning started at Sırma Cafe, where we had tea and homemade poğaça, watching the islanders walk by the street, parted by the horse carriages.  The poğaça sans…

Ramadan and pide!

Ramadan amongst other things, means understanding each other, being tolerant and respecting each others beliefs. Fasting all day long and breaking your fast, making iftar with your family, your loved ones at home would be the typical Turkish custom. İftar sofrası -fast breaking meal- consists of dates and olives to start…

Ritual on a tray

In many cultures food is always used to respect the dead. In the house of the dead in Gaziantep, Southeast Turkey this ritual consists mainly of lahmacun, eggplant kebab, börek with olives and others. People pay their respects by bringing a tray of lahmacun freshly baked from the neighborhood oven to…

Buffalo Yogurt, if…

We stopped to this sign saying manda yoğurdu -buffalo yogurt- soon the be devastated to learn he did not have any left or ready, this photo is the only thing I hold on to, dreaming of that yogurt…

Timeless taste, Baklava at Gaziantep…

It was almost 6 in the morning, we met with Bayram Usta of Elmacı Pazarı Güllüoğlu at Bakırcılar Çarşısı, had a quick tea and I followed him through the small streets of Gaziantep, we ended up at the soup eatery. The baklava gang was having their breakfast when we arrived and ordered…

Stop! Hammer time!

The book is out! This is my first book as a photographer, I have to say I am very excited! Ateşin ve Güneşin Tadı, Gaziantep Mutfağı ( A taste of sun and fire, Gaziantep Cookery) is a collective work, me being the photographer, Aylin Öney was the editor, Suzan Aral being…