Istanbul, Turkey
Selim, 47
Photographer
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a bit about Selim

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a photographer and I love creating beautiful and strong photographs. I feel very much in the moment when photographing. Trying to capture the perfect moment, the perfect light and the perfect angle gives me the pleasure and the focused mental state that few things do. I also work as an IT engineer. I love doing technical creative stuff and coming up with creative solutions to problems. Last but not least, I am a family man with two kids.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Once I had an office job where the team manager was acting weird. He didn’t have a clue about the work that the team was doing, neither did he understand the problems we faced. The expectations from me and the team were high and I had felt quite helpless. Anyway, I don’t want to embarrass anybody so I won’t go into more detail.

Were you born and raised in Istanbul? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Istanbul?

I was born and raised in Izmir. It is a lovely city on the western coast of Turkey with huge historical and cultural background. After high school I moved to Istanbul for university education.

What’s your current hood in Istanbul and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Bebek. It is a lively and popular neighbourhood by the beautiful Bosphorus. Its location by the sea, quality restaurants and the good weather makes it an attractive place to visit. However, if the weather is good, it tends to get very crowded.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to good examples of all kinds of music. Jazz and alternative tunes are my favorites. The kind of music I hate? I think I like all music made by humans. I cannot empathize with computer generated super fast stuff, though.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Radiohead – The Bends (whole album). U2 – With or without you. Morrissey – Suedehead. The Smiths – There is a Light that Never Goes Out. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven. James – Most of their songs.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Twin Peaks is a work of genius, it is sexy, mysterious, scary and full of incredible details. Seinfeld is very very funny. A lot of real life situations can be referred to Seinfeld episodes and it’s fun to make these referrals. It has so many great moments. Coupling is perfect too; It is so well written and played that I watched most episodes many times and I still laugh at the jokes. Man Stroke Woman is one of the funniest shows I have seen; it relates to real life situations in most absurd ways.

Name some spots in Istanbul that are good for a Tinder date.

I wouldn’t know since I never did that but I guess: The Bosphorus Brewing Company (a cool craft beer restaurant), Burgazada (a beautiful island) or a walk along the Bosphorus would be nice.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”?

You know who 🙂

Who’s your hero and where in Istanbul would you take them out for a serious hang?

Grant Morrison. I would take him to the Grand Bazaar and older Istanbul area.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Wherever I can find low priced quality stuff.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

By the sea

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Living at the islands for some time.

Where do you go in Istanbul for a casual night out?

Mostly to Kadikoy region.

Where would you go in Istanbul to celebrate some freaking good news?

Any place with delicious beer and friends.

What’s your choice of transportation in Istanbul and why?

Cityline ferries are the best! By using the sea for transportation you have no worries about traffic, you get to see magnificent views and if the weather’s good, traveling outside you get fresh air. It is a wonderful experience.

What are the Istanbul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Burgazada, cityline ferries, Grand Bazaar

What are the Istanbul spots tourists should run from screaming?

Areas with no access to fast transport shoud be avoided.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Istanbul. How do you spend it?

I would take lots of photographs in my favorite spots. Spend time with my friends and family.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

London. Because it is cosmopolitan and orderly, culturally rich and the people are polite.

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