The Haydarpaşa (Haydar Pasha) Railway Station is one of the iconic structures in Istanbul. It was built by German architects Otto Ritter and Helmuth Cuno, as the beginnig of the Istanbul-Baghdad, or Hejaz railway. It was built 109 years ago during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II. By taking the ferry which connects two continents in Bosphorus, we can see that neo-classical structure which is based on 1100 wooden piles, each 21 metres long, driven into the mushy shore by a steam hammer.
Tugay Gökdeniz is a passionate photographer from Turkey. What is photography for him?
Photography can be described as the record of a single moment frozen within a fraction of time. Each moment or photograph represents a tangible piece of our memories as time passes. If photography is an action of hunting, the photo frame is a hunt. I like taking photos through the lenses of architecture and nature. Architectural photography is simply photographing the aesthetic design of buildings and structures. It is important for me to think that architectural structure has its own historical story and symbolizes world and human history. (You can read its own history of this photo below by looking at). I sometimes prefer to combine both architecture and nature. It is amazing to see how quickly the world is changing around us. What used to be intact and perfect is now destroyed by us “humans”. One of the reasons why I fell in love with photographing the nature is because it is not only my way of connecting with the nature, but also my way of showing people that the beauty around us is very fragile and volatile. And, if we don’t take any action now, all this beauty will someday cease to exist.
More Tugay’s photos can be found here: https://500px.com/tgkdnz