A Rock and a Soft Place

Just after Neve was born, in March 2012, I was thinking of what to call the photography blog I was starting. I was looking back over the four years since I had met Ville (a Swedish speaking Finn living in Istanbul) and trying to think about the words that might describe our journey. A rock and a soft place sprung to mind immediately. When we met each other, there were, as the saying goes, only rocks and hard places. He had a son in Istanbul and I had a son in England. We couldn’t see a way to make it work, but were determined that we would somehow be together. Over the next few years, with great determination, we created soft places, and safe harbours for our children, and then added another two children to the mix.

As it has at so many other times, when I struggled with my new environment or a particular challenge, photography provided me with a way of making sense of it all. Taking photographs of my beautiful blended family has given me a chance to celebrate what we have. When other people began to ask me to take pictures of their families I felt so delighted to have the opportunity to reflect back the beauty of their lives to them, and the idea that this could become a business was born.

The launch of my website does not feel like that of a large ship, with the smash of champagne bottles and shouting crowds, but rather that I am tenderly placing a small paper boat on the water of the Bosphorus to see where it might lead.


A walk in Tophane

On the Golden Horn

In the bath


Clay woman


Ruskin in Galata


Wrinkled nose

Ville on the Camondo Stairs

A book of stars

Her star

5 thoughts on “A Rock and a Soft Place

  1. Wishing you fair skies and smooth sailing on your endeavours Julia. Be it massive ship or paper boat, may God bless her and all who sail in her!

  2. Wow Julia! Very softly and very quietly you have gone about and created something wonderful. Much respect and admiration to you! It’s a big thing to do but really it is also just a natural progression for you too. What lucky families to have you photograph them with your beautiful insight. Can’t wait to see more!

  3. It’s going to lead to big places that’s where!!!!! You photos are amazing. I checked out the new website too and I love it!! Well done xx

  4. I am SO excited for you, sweet friend! I can’t wait to see where your paper boat takes you. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be somewhere fabulous!

    Hmmm, now to figure out how to get it to bring you to Colorado… 🙂

  5. Julia your website looks fantastic! you must be so excited. Im in the process of re- doing mine so I really appreciate the time spent. Can’t wait to see what this year brings for you !

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