Omur Yilmaz, People's Istanbul
Omur Yilmaz, People's Istanbul
485666_10150865485013408_1763206414_nPeople’s Istanbul - Interviews Ömür Yılmaz, 30 Photographer and bussiness executive. 1. Can you tell about the first memories you had in Istanbul? Were you born in here or came after? First of all I was born in Samsun in 1984. It’s a city located in the eastern north of Turkey. My family and I moved to Istanbul when I was 3 years old. Then I started living in Istanbul, in Bakırköy district, a place where I’ve began photographing the city. The first memory I remember which I cannot tell you the exact year, was in a championship game day of Galatasaray in Beşiktaş’s stadium called İnönü. It was a day of rain in Istanbul. It was raining cats and dogs. That day, I could not entered the stadium, all I got with a little joy with family, watching the game on a place outside the stadium and enjoying the cheer. But my brother could joined the crowd with a ticket, via blackbox. My father cried and shouted and sweared because he could not find a ticket. It was interesting. By the age of 30, I still could not forget that moment. 2. Share your best suggestions on where to go to a dinner especially for the Turkish tastes? I usually eat dinner outside about more than 10 times. But, my first choice is about eating fish and drinking raki in a restaurant. The first place I can advice you is, Fener Balik in Yeşilköy district of Istanbul. It’s not that cheap I must aware you. If you drink raki, eat delicious fish and many appetizers, you may pay 100 euro’s for two people. But the view and the atmosphere are priceless. Also I must to have mention about you a meatball restaurant in Topkapi. It’s called Tarihi Merkez Efendi Köftecisi. This is a place where you eat the most delicious meatballs in Istanbul, for my opinion. You can have your dinner in there just paying 15 Euro’s for two people. 3. What's your favorite way to spend a rainy day in Istanbul? I write. If I was on a free day, I just lay down on my bed, listen to the beautiful raindrops and write what comes to my mind. I go nowhere. Home is the right choice when it’s raining in Istanbul. 529171_10151108181658408_1756675564_n4. What about the day you can’t forget in Istanbul? February, 2012. I just can not remember that day full of the white snow surrounded the city. I don’t want to say more. 5. Tell us about your secret places or just one hidden gem in Istanbul? Hah, istanbulhides.com must have to ask me this question, am I wrong? Go visit the Gezi Park. I know it’s not hidden nowadays. But I must say a stranger must feel the absence of the real democracy in Istanbul. It’s a good chance to see it in there. 6. The music. What can you tell about the places you go to listen quality music as your choices? I don’t usually go out just for music in Istanbul. I go to the concerts which is not about the question. I used to go to a rock bar in Beyoglu called Bronx, which made too many groups famous but I don’t go there for now. 7. How would you spend an ideal Sunday in Istanbul? Just to stay at home or you like to step outside? I sleep. The people lives and works in Istanbul starve sleeping. I just sleep, sit at home, watch some movies and enjoy the silence. [caption id="attachment_614" align="alignleft" width="201"]Omur Yılmaz Photography Omur Yılmaz Photography[/caption] 8. Is there any chance to avoid the noise of this city without going out of it? Any silence places to hide? I would definetalty say the north of Istanbul. Bahçeköy, The Belgrad Forest, Yildiz Park of Ortaköy. 9. After all, what can you tell about this city to a complete stranger? Istanbul is a city which has a disadvantage of Islam. Istanbul is ruled by Muslims. If I have to say something about this issue, this city has still many spot has to be discvored when they’re still spoiled. This website could help you, I hope so. You can enjoy Omur's photography in www.omur.co website.
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