Newroz in Diyarbakir

21 March 2019

In Diyarbakir, Turkey, a pair of Kurdish women join festivities marking Newroz, the celebration of spring by Middle Eastern, Persian and Turkic cultures.

God is a woman

09 March 2019

A scene from the International Women’s Day march in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 8, 2019. Protesters took the streets chanting feminist slogans for gender equality and an end to violence against women and transgender people in Turkey despite heavy police presence and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Soldiers at the Anıtkabir in Ankara

05 March 2019

Caught a soldier mid-lunge on a recent visit to the Anıtkabir, the mausoleum for Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara.

Syrian refugees in Kayseri

19 February 2019

Hello internet, on a recent visit to central Kayseri’s Caferbey Mahallesi, I came across many Syrian children asking for clothes and shoes. Their families live in partially demolished houses and any help would make a big difference.

Selam internet, geçen hafta Kayseri’deki Caferbey Mahallesini ziyaret ederken, ayakkabı ve kıyafet isteyen birçok Suriyeli çocuk ile karşılaştım. Aileleri, bir kısmı yıkılmış evlerde yaşıyor ve her yardım büyük bir fark yaratabilir.

Ankara Cyberpunk

12 February 2019

I didn’t know the term ‘Cyberpunk’ before living in Ankara. An urban scene from Kizilay, the central intersection in Ankara, Turkey.


Cover Portrait for Datum Magazine

02 February 2019

In January, I collaborated with investigative reporter Franziska Tschinderle for this DATUM Magazine cover portrait and reportage on Max Zirngast, an Austrian journalist who was jailed for three months in Turkey for his articles and activism. Find the full story here.

Scorpions reveal Turkish start-ups’ new vigour

29 January 2019

In one of the more unique assignments I’ve received in Turkey, I snapped photos of Sanliurfa scorpions being “milked” for venom at a lab in Eskisehir Osmangazi University. It was for a report on angel investment by The Financial Times’ Turkey correspondent Laura Pitel, who wrote:

“Turkey’s angel investment scene has expanded rapidly in recent years thanks to improved government incentives. In 2013, the country received €14.7m in angel investment, according to the European Trade Association for Business Angels. In 2017, the figure reached €52.3m – the fifth highest in Europe.

Elmira Bayrasli, a professor at New York’s Bard College who has championed angel investment in Turkey, said she was encouraged by the growth in science ventures, rather than simply more of the “ecommerce clones” that dominated the Turkish start-up landscape in its early years by copying the likes of eBay and Amazon.”

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Erzurum’s failed 2026 Winter Olympic bid draws tourists

16 December 2018

Above is the Çifte Minareli Medrese in Erzurum, Turkey. I wrote a piece for Monocle’s Winter Weekly on how the city’s failed bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics has actually led to a five-fold increase in ski tourism.

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Winter smog in Ankara, Turkey - Dec. 2018

Winter brings an extra layer of smog to Ankara

06 December 2018

Each year, the first few weeks of cold weather seem to be the haziest. Either I forget what widespread lignite coal use does to the sky or this is the time a summer’s worth of scavenged furniture goes to the flames.

Geologists are measuring bullet damage to ancient Middle Eastern settlements

04 December 2018

After watching ISIS destroy parts of Palmyra in Syria, Geomorphologist Lisa Mol launched an initiative to catalogue bullet damage in Middle Eastern heritage sites. Happy to see my photo of the Jordan’s Wadi Rum accompany the Nature International Journal of Science article about her conservation efforts.