The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

The Hagia Sofia in Istanbul is difficult to grasp, in its sprawling immensity, its architectural grandeur, its layered complexity. You think to yourself, as you look about, at its enormous dome, its towering columns, this place is more than 1400 years old - and where was Europe, back in the fifth century? The Hagia Sophia, [...]

Rosendal, Eastern Free State – Four Black-and-White Photographs

Rosendal, Eastern Free State – Four Black-and-White Photographs

Rosendal, in the Eastern Free State, is a small village with big skies. Rob and I drove down on New Year's Day, from Johannesburg, taking our lives in our hands over the last twenty or thirty kilometres of dangerously potholed roads, a legacy of Ace Magashule's thieving and mendacious premiership of the province. Then you [...]

Young man on the town, Istanbul

Young man on the town, Istanbul

I love this image of a young man out on the town, in Istanbul, early one evening. With his cool red sneakers, nonchalant cigarette, airy wave of greeting to someone who is out of the frame, he seems an expression of the city, an embodiment of hip young city-dwellers everywhere. Of course, a city as [...]

Mausoleums of the Sultans – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Mausoleums of the Sultans – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

In the grounds of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul are the exquisite mausoleums of three Sultans - Mahmut I, Murat III and Selim II. Here are three images, in black-and-white, that express something I hope of what I saw and felt. A woman at prayer, a sleeping cat, a pair of shoes by an entrance. [...]

Ice-Cream Performance in Istanbul

Ice-Cream Performance in Istanbul

Turkish ice-cream is thick and sweet, almost toffee-like. This vendor in Istanbul was a master performer and magician. Wielding his ice-cream paddle like a sword, he made ice-creams appear, disappear, whizz around your head with dazzling speed. And he would taunt you - push the ice-cream right into your face, and as you reached for [...]