Kalta Minor Sunset, Xiva, Uzbekistan
Kalta Minor Sunset View over the famous city of Khiva with certainly the most famous Minaret of Khiva, the iconic Kalta Minor Minaret. Above all, a beautiful Drone Point of View. Itchan Kala, Khiva – Chiva, Xorazm Region, Uzbekistan, Central Asia
Kalta Minor Sunset, Xiva, Uzbekistan
Poi Kalyan Minaret at Dusk, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Colorful sunset twilight over the famous Old Town in the City of Bukhara with the iconic Kalyan Minaret and Miri Arab Madressa. Aerial Drone Point of View. Itchan Kala, Bukhara, Khorezm Region, Uzbekistan, Central Asia.
Sunset at the famous Tanah Lot Hindu Temple. Tanah Lot means ‘Land [in the] Sea’ in the Balinese language. The temple itself is 100m offshore and is only accessible to the Hindus. Tabanan, 20km from Kuta – Denpasar, Bali Island, Indonesia
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Rano Raraku Easter Island Moai Statues under dramatic skyscape. Black and White. Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui National Park, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Isla de Pascua, Chile
Traditional chinese 75 year old senior fisherman in traditional clothes on his wooden fishing raft with two cormorants throwing a old fishing net into the Li River water in the early morning fog light shortly after sunrise. Xing Ping, Yangshuo County, Guangxi, Guilin, China.
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Portrait of extended Indian family in traditional and ornate Indian clothing with headscarfs, saris and turbans. Indian Real People, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
Colorful greenlandic houses in Oqaatsut – with parked snow mobiles in front of the colorful homes – Greenland Rodebay settlement (with approx. 50 inhabitants) in summer. The Oqaatsut settlement first operated as Rodebay, a trading post for 18th-century Dutch whalers. Qaasuitsup municipality. Rodebay, Oqaatsut, West Greenland
Dresdner Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”) is a Lutheran church in Dresden. The church was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II and has been reconstructed as a landmark symbol of reconciliation between former enemies. Dresden, Germany.
After Labour Day (1st may in europe) my photoblog update shows no beauty, no models, no majestic landscapes – just life 100% pure and uncut.
Six months ago I made a trip to Istanbul for the Istanbul Editorial Getty & iStockalypse Workshop (November 2009). During those days I visited the Gypsies of Sulukule. In November many Gypsies still lived in their meanwhile destroyed homes. Here are some portraits of children, workers and families in the demolished sulukule area of istanbul. For some background informations about the Gypsies of Sulukule – here is an article from “The Huffington Post“ Newspaper.
“ISTANBUL — They lived for almost 1,000 years around the remains of Istanbul’s Byzantine walls. But when they were forced to leave, the gypsies of Sulukule only found out about their eviction from the journalists flocking to their shantytowns to cover the story. “We heard from the media that the neighborhood would be destroyed to make way for luxury residential developments,” Mehmet Asim Hallaq, 55, a spokesman for the ongoing campaign opposing the removal. “This is a kind of aesthetic assimilation they’re trying to impose on us.”
It is all part of what locals call the “Dubaification of Istanbul.” Kemal Ataturk’s secular Turkish republic has strived to put water between its Ottoman Empire precursor and the European vision it harbors of itself. With Turkey’s beaches beating Spain to second place as the holiday choice of Britons for the first time last summer, a real estate boom has swept across the country.
Istanbul’s gypsies say they have inhabited Sulukule ever since the 11th century, when their Roma ancestors arrived in Constantinople, the capital of Byzantium. Their presence is recorded in sources that describe how they lived in black tents, practicing fortune telling, playing music and dancing at the city’s feasts. When Istanbul fell to the Ottoman conquerors in 1453, it was the Sulukule Gate that was first breached, while many of the Ottoman cannons and other artillery were forged by the contingents of Roma metal workers and smiths that were part of the Ottoman army. Istanbul is in the throes of massive redevelopment, as Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, a former mayor of the city, seeks to transform it into a regional tourist and financial hub. Massive commercial projects are springing up along Istanbul’s coastline, with luxury residential apartments, a cruise docking area and an “Ottoman-style market” being constructed in one port area. In the financial district of Levent, United Arab Emirates construction companies are throwing up skyscrapers such as a controversial project called “Dubai Towers — Istanbul.”
Solukule’s moneyless gypsies are the big losers.
Some Portraits I took from the people living in Sulukule.
Istanbul 2010 – The European Capital of Culture 2010.