How to know about the city?
For foreigners it is hard to know a city because the city is not only what the tour guides shows you, it is not just postcards or some selected photos that make you learn about the city, it is the people and their experiences in the city that creates the atmosphere.
Since I am so far away from my hometown Istanbul, I miss it a lot and yesterday I found myself looking for photos of Istanbul over the net in the middle of the night. I didn’t want some selected tourist photos of it, I wanted to have it from the eyes of the people living in it. Well the best cure for me was the deviantart. Deviantart is an online art community and I guess it is quite popular in Istanbul as I found around 5,912 results when I searched for Istanbul. It really helped me to keep my memories alive and I am sure it will help you to know the city better. There is also this forum which also has a quite large database of photos of Istanbul from almost all neighborhoods of Istanbul.
Oh let’s not forget the flickr and thanks to tagging it returned 17091 photos tagged as Istanbul. I am looking forward to return to my hometown (and turkish food :)