Monday, 19 July 2010

Back from Istanbul

I got back home on Saturday after a fun but hectic week shooting in Istanbul. If you've never been before, Istanbul is a great city with everything from 1000 year old buildings to hip bars and restaurants, spread across both side of the Bosphorus with ferries constantly sailing from one side to the other.

My job was to shoot a set of classic travel pictures while my friend Richard Hadley at Ballistic, who shot the Himalaya ski video with me, was along side shooting video at the same time. With sunrise at 5.45 and sunset at 8.30 we had some pretty long days, typically up at 5 and not getting back to the hotel until after 10 at night.

But thanks to a slick production team led by Munir Akdogan and a fantastic fixer in Nihan Ozkan everything went extremely smoothly - even with only a few days to set everything up. Permits, location access, model releases and more were all taken care of in expert fashion and Rich and I could concentrate on shooting knowing everything else was being taken care of.

I can't talk too much about the rest of the shoot now, but all will be revealed in October. Stay tuned...


  1. Too bad I did not knew you were in Istanbul. I am a conert photographer living here for some time.

  2. Hi Askar - this shoot was very shot notice, the client changed the location from Stockholm to Istanbul 5 days before we flew out! Next time... J