Posts tagged Colors
The tulips are back in Istanbul!

As you may know, tulips are special in Turkey. So special they have their own festival in Istanbul. Every year, during the month of April, all the parks and actually almost all the green areas, welcome thousands of colourful tulips. 

Tulips aren't from Holland but from the Ottoman empire (for the French-speakers, here is a nice article about the origins of the Tulips). Tulips are the Turkish national flower and to some extent, the symbol of Turkey. You can find tulip shapes on a lot of fabrics (bed covers, scarves etc) and some say the shape of the traditional Turkish tea glass comes from the tulip shape. 

As a personal tradition, I went to Gülhane park to photograph those beautiful flowers. I love the softness of the petals and their transparency. I love their colours and shapes. And I'm very impressed by the work done by all those gardeners who not only plant the flowers but also take off the broken or damaged ones during one month. 

Enjoy those incredible colors :)! 

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HoliFest in Istanbul

 

On April 16th, the Holiest took place in Sariyer LifePark, Istanbul. What is HoliFest? Some kind of a huge colored powder battle with electro music. 

The first aspect comes from an Hindu tradition. It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. « Holi » is now a major festival celebrated by Hindus around the world, on the day after the last full moon of the Hindu month of Pahlguna (between late February and early March). Holy usually marks the happy transition from harsh, dark winter to brighter, warmer springtime. 

The second aspect, the electro music show, comes from marketing & sales department, on my opinion. What gets people together, in a happy and positive atmosphere? Live music! 

I went there more for the photographic potential than for the holistic one. I was expecting colors colors and colors. I got them if not on pictures, at least, on my face, arms and of course, my camera! Gosh it will need some deep cleaning :). I only wish the powder would be been a bit thicker so it would have stayed in the air longer. 

 

The holistic aspect was inexistent but the electro music was definitely there. I wasn’t expecting to like it, « I’m too old for this » kind of feeling. I did actually love it! Such a huge energy coming from the sound system, the DJ’s and the crowd. A real vibrant atmosphere. 

I loved « Holifest », from the beauty of the powders in the air to the strong colors of the spotlights; from the energy of the crowd to the vibrations of the sound. 

Here my work from that very special day. Enjoy :)!