Yener Torun is an Istanbul-based architect with a wonderful eye for the colours and forms of a city. His Instagram photos are stunning, revealing not simply what a city can look like, but also what we often do not see. Yener generously allowed me to republish some of his photos on Pandemonium. So here, through the eye (and lens) of Yener Torun, is Istanbul as few will have have seen it, not the Istanbul of ancient buildings, grand mosques and tradition, but a city of modernist lines, minimalist patterns and brilliant and bold colours. Do check out his Instagram page, as well as his photography website.
All photos © Yener Torun.
Reblogged this on maxichimaximind and commented:
Would like to visit some time
Reblogged this on metaxý and commented:
The touristic gaze which is not only informed by Western Orientalism (Said), fascination with Islam (Rodinson) and ornamentalism (Cannadine), but also the self-Orientalisation along those lines by the present Turkish government (President Erdogan’s first big job was mayor of Istanbul…) invisibilises modernist Istanbul. Where it does not it highlights modern Istanbul as an abomination by focusing on examples of bad architecture (e.g. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/aug/21/istanbuls-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling)
So it’s good to see some celebration of beautiful minimalism in brightly coloured concrete…