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DOME AND CRESCENT MOON

I had been serving as a guest lecturer onboard the cruise ship, Crystal Symphony, when it docked overnight in Istanbul at Karaköy. The pier is located right in front of the customs offices, on the Western side of the Bosporus, in the Beyoglu District of the city. For the record, this was the same pier that I was standing on thirty-years ago, when I took one of my favorite photos ever, The Old Freighters.

In a city of a myriad domes, a few dating back fifteen centuries, the Nusretiye Mosque is a relative newcomer. Built between 1822 and 1826 by Sultan Mahmud II, it is located just behind the customs offices. The mosque was designed by the talented Armenian architect, Krikor Amiya Balyan, the first of a nine generation family of distinguished architects, and is in a style that signals a transition from Ottoman Baroque style to the Empire style. The most prominent feature of the mosque is the dominant hemispherical dome, popular in Turkey since the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453, and were awed by the sight of the Incomparable Hagia Sophia. It is adorned with heavy gilded metal, unlike its predecessors, and the the single ornament topping the dome serves as a counterpoint to the crescent moon, in the simple compositional technique called “rule of thirds.”

The date of the photo, July 30, 2006, coincides with the birthday of Jaap Polak (carper), the highly skilled TE-photographer and friend from Holland. Moreover, in revealing his birthday, I would like to convey to Jaap these early birthday greetings.

Nikon D70, 18-70 mm Nikkor lens, camera steadied on a wall.

This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.

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