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if you have a decent connection,..

and you appreciate quirky, beautiful, weird, original, sometimes bizarre but always quality independent videos made by some very talented people,…

then Vimeo so kicks youtube’s ass,… and it ass-kicks in hi-def.

a while ago i decided that i wanted to make videos for my music, so thats what i’m going to do.

ghetto videos.

ie short films with the crap i have….

ie my nokia n95 8gb.

add a bit of creative editing and post production and i might just come up with something worth watching.

the point being, to use what i have instead of going out and buying expensive gear. reichhold made some amazing photos on a massive scale, with nothing more than the capabilities of the n95 so why not attempt something similar with film?

pocketfilm? jump on this as well for the BBC’s take on pocket films.

well no i’m going to aim for something a bit more, but i might just fall back on that if what i wind up making really sucks 😛

so i might be away for a while,…

since i had a track,…

then i had a video idea,…

then that idea morphed into another idea,…

that required a different track to fully accompany the video,…

which by the time the track was underway, had evolved into something else completely,…..

my chickens and eggs are starting to look the same 😛

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picture time!

whoohooo!

all of the pictures below were shot on my new superduper Nokia N95 8GB with its 5 megapixel camera with carl zeiss optics. i havent done anything to the photos apart from shrink them in size from a full 5 meg original pic.

lets start with where my last post ended picture wise. that was Istiklal street during the afternoon, on a weekday.

heres a repost of the pic:

istiklal.jpg

pretty busy right?

rather crowded?

well,…..this is taksim on a friday night. by the way, their weekends are saturday/sunday.

taskim-night.jpg

and bear in mind, that a) you cant see where the people end because b) this street is 3-4 kilometers or so long, and its just as crowded from start to end. actually it tends to be more crowded at the ends since people loiter. turks love to loiter 😛

basically this street is where you get all your levis, next, quicksliver, blah,blah,blah, shops,….. the kind you see in every city or every mall,…. like this one:

cevahir.jpg

this is Cevahir mall, the largest mall in europe and supposedly the second largest in the world after the one in the US. oh and Kuwait Investment Authority bought it a while ago.

at one end of Istiklal street, it turns into beyoglu, i think. anyway its where the hill goes down an there are music instrument shops everywhere. of course i forgot to take a picture of them but instead took one of the cafe outside which i ate a turkish shawerma:

near-tower.jpg

remember the first picture?

well this is down an alley off of Istiklal street:

taksim-back-street.jpg

just about everything here is local made i think, and just about everything costs 10 YTL ( new turkish lira) which right now is the equivalent to US$10. so yeah some things are still cheap like clothes that are locally made since turkey has a massive textile industry. and chances are if you look in your cupboard you’ll find a couple of things made in turkey even tho they carry a big designer name.

so is the stuff in this alley way “stuff that fell off the back of a truck” ?

does it really matter ?

😛

anyway, if youre after odd quirky and relatively cheaper everyday clothes then dont stay on istkilal, scoot down one of the many alleyways and i think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

this is down another alley way:

taksim-backstreet-2.jpg

it may look crappy, and it probably is, but since its just off Istiklal it sure aint cheap.

and no its not the ghetto.

this is:

tarlabasi1.jpg

or rather one building in the ghetto.

its called Tarlabasi, and its dangerous and populated by pimps, hookers, and junkies.

of course i didnt know this at the time, but atleast pimps, hookers and junkies tend to sleep late on sunday mornings so i didnt have any trouble 😛

the interesting thing is that tarlabasi runs parallel to Istiklal street.

this is tarbalasi avenue:

tarlabasi-avenue.jpg

so picture this.

the abandonded building is behind me as i’m taking this picture.

and Istiklal street is just across the road and up a little hill.

ahhh i cant wait to get back there!

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and i normally dont fall in love with inanimate objects,…. but i really do love my new phone 😀