Karaköy is a neighborhood in Istanbul that is rapidly changing. ALong the water front are old metal shops and stores, mostly serving the shipping industry, but as you move up the hill it turns into a banking and commercial center. The shops along the water front are slowing being pushed out and recently a new shopping area was built outside the city center where the shops were suppose to move to, but many shops refused to move. I'm obsessed with workshops (Motorcycle shops, wood shops, old tools, etc) so I was instantly drawn to this area. On the last day I was Istanbul I went down to Karaköy with a translater and talked to some of the shop owners. It was a rainy saturday and a lot of shops were closed up, but here are a few shots. I'm planning to do a series of craftsman's and their workspaces, so this proved to be a great chance to try out the diptych approach.
Kadir, Karaköy, Istanbul - Kadir makes custom length steel cables for towing and lifting applications.
Sabri Senol outside of his workshop. Karaköy, Istanbul
Using a lave from 1966, Sabri Senol producers pulleys, rollers and other customs parts for the shipping industry.
Tucked above a metal shop is Mustafa Aydemir's personal workshop, where he builds traditional turkish instruments.
Mustafa sitting in his workshop. Back corner for his workshop.