Politics · Travels

Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?

News of the beautiful and awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, or “Holy Wisdom,” turning into an active mosque is a tricky situation for political and cultural reasons, as Religion News Services reports (via Huffington Post). Christians and other minorities may see the Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque as a challenge to Turkey’s secular-republican origin, whereas Muslims…… Continue reading Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?


Where Do You Search When You’re Searching for Him?

“I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not. I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there. I entered the mountain cave of Hira and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not. With set purpose I fared…… Continue reading Where Do You Search When You’re Searching for Him?


Plato’s light at the Hagia Sophia

I visited the Hagia Sophia at the end of 2011. It is the most magnificent building I have ever seen. A truly inspiring and breathtaking experience.


Pictures of visit to Istanbul

I visited Istanbul, Turkey, over 1 year ago, but I’m just now adding them to the blog. Istanbul is a remarkable city with tons of history and culture. I made it to all the key historic spots including the Hagia Sophia (my favorite), all the main mosques, Topkapi Palace, and managed to catch a ferry…… Continue reading Pictures of visit to Istanbul

Film-work · Music

Woman with powerful voice on Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul

Stumbled across this powerful voice on the street while coming home from a night out on the town.  Quite impressive, though I can’t translate one word.


Jesus mosaic at Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was perhaps the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen in person.  This mosaic of Jesus was one of my favourite parts of the trip.


Melting sun over the Strait of Bosporous (Istanbul)

I shot this in December 2011


Beautiful mosque in Istanbul

It’s a true shame I can’t remember its name, but like most mosques in Istanbul, this one was beautiful.  The best part of the visit was the complete silence (though that really doesn’t come across in this video).  Strangely, you will also notice the banging going on in the background.  I feel like it’s well…… Continue reading Beautiful mosque in Istanbul


Clarinet in an Istanbul stairwell

I was in Istanbul, Turkey for New Years 2012. One evening, whilst staying in a hostel in the ‘Old City’, a few of us were hanging around when a local young man, who happened to be living at the hostel, decided to play us a tune on his clarinet. Notice the slow pace in which…… Continue reading Clarinet in an Istanbul stairwell