Photographer's Note

Im going to upload a few photographs from my Turkey archives this week and thought I would start with something colourful Istanbuls Spice Bazaar or more correctly called the Misir Carsisi (Eygptian Bazaar). I know this is not particularly original, but the variety of colours in the spices and condiments that are on sale in Middle Eastern spice bazaars never ceases to amaze me. Many of the bazaars that you come across in cities in western Asia (okay I know this part of Istanbul is in Europe, not Asia, but its only just across the water!) are turning into markets for tourist trinkets, but the Misir Carsisi is one where most of the stores are still selling goods like spices, condiments, herbs, dried fruits, nuts, small animals (for pets I assume, not eating), plants and an assortment of other foodstuffs and utensils catering mainly for the local trade.

The market was set up in the 17th century as part of the Yeni Cami complex to support the upkeep of the mosque, and is still going strong today.

PP: Cropped, saturation +13, USM. Because of the detail and many strong colours in this composition, I had to optimize this for the web at only 50% quality in order to keep the file within 200kb, but it doesnt look too bad.

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