My beautiful friend Laura, whom I met when she asked me to photograph the birth of her second child, is leaving Istanbul. Although she will be back from time to time, it is a big thing to leave this city in which she has lived during the beginnings of her family. We decided to say goodbye to each other by eating, wearing, touching and climbing some of her favourite things in this city. We indulged in Turkish breakfast with lots of simit, the sesame covered bread that is sold on nearly every street, and then later handmade sweets from Ali Muhiddin Hacibekir in Eminönü. We walked over the Galata Bridge and around the Spice Bazaar, buying garlands of dried aubergine and pepper. It was such a pleasure to take this emotional goodbye walk with her, and my favourite part of all was going to drink tea with Laura’s relative who has a pharmacy just around the corner from Laura’s home. This place had an important function as somewhere Laura could drop round with her children. I am very happy that these places, very close to our apartment, have taken on yet another layer of happy memories.
30 Minutes in the Life is blog circle of photographers from far and wide who have committed to sharing a bit of their lives once a month. Next up this month is an awesome and talented woman who I am so hoping to hang out with in the physical world really soon. I love how her images have drawn me into her world over the past year. Go and take a look at Sonia Epple Fotografie from Augsburg, Bavaria. And then keep clicking the links!