Istanbul, Turkey.

Made a stop in what was once Constantinople for a few days just to check it out. With over 2500 years of history, Istanbul is an intensely interesting and a very alive modern city. Couchsurfing and hostels were a great way to meet people and get ideas for seeing the city. While having dinner and tea one evening in Taksim Square riots broke out in the city. Soon there were riot police sweeping through the streets. A young boy who had been in a coma (the result of being struck in the head by a police tear gas canister months before...while protesting the police) had just died in the hospital which incited more protest and riots all over the city. Visiting the Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and the Spice Bazaar were exceptional, however I found that just wandering through the city, having tea, watching people go about their business and daily lives and fisherman over the Bosphorus to be the real highlight. With so much history, culture, and diversity Istanbul makes for an incredibly interesting place to say the least.

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While in Istanbul we checked out the Basilica Cistern. How would you like this to be where your water came from? Song: DMT by XXYYXX

Wandering through the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Song: Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders


Those of us who were fortunate enough to have grown up in the Pacific Northwest know something profound, we know that this place has molded us into who we are and it has influenced how we move through this world, encouraging us to explore and travel. Maybe I'm jaded, but this thing we call life is far too interesting to go unexplored. As a result, I've spent my entire life venturing outdoors into the wilderness. Whether climbing, surfing or the alpine, and a hearty lust for travel, they have taken me all over the world. So recently I left my job to explore a new unknown, to pursue a creative path for myself, to seek out new realities as well as the many characters along the way. I take images with both film and digital cameras. These are some of my stories and images, I sincerely hope you enjoy.

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