Istanbul had always conjured up feelings of old world glamour, exoticness and mystery. The year I actually travelled there however was a starkly different reality. 2016 was a difficult year, to say the least, for the Turkish people. Civil war raged in neighbouring Syria, terror attacks rocked various cities and an attempted coup further destabilised the country. So it happened, as so often does, that my visions and expectations of the city were very different from what I had imagined.
The resulting collection of images from that trip ended up focussing not on the amazing architecture or history of the city but very small everyday moments of the people who live there. To me these moments and scenes have a feeling of the familiar for all that they happen in the city thousands of miles away. Couples embrace, people buy snacks, they sit waiting, they check their phones or smoke a cigarette with friends. Despite constant discussion of the differences and divisions that divide us both within and amongst countries there is still, I believe, more that unites us than divides us.