Local Lens: Pretending to be a Tourist in Istanbul with @umitko

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For a fresh perspective on Istanbul’s most iconic places, follow @umitko.

"The city is full of surprises," says Umit Savas (@umitko), who’s called Istanbul home for the past 12 years. “Even if you’ve been to the same location many times before, there is always something new to explore.”

When going out to shoot, Umit always tries to view her city with fresh eyes. “I am inspired by the spirit of being tourist,” she explains. “Some of my favorite spots include the breathtaking inner yard of the Blue Mosque, around the Obelisk of Theodosius in Sultanahmet square, Sirkeci Train Station and Dolmabahce Palace in Besiktas.”

Umit suggests taking a ferry out onto the Bosphorus for spectacular shots of the city skyline. “Seagulls accompany the journey while passing the Bosphorus Bridge, Historical Peninsula and Maiden Tower. When you get close to the Asian side, the Haydarpaşa Garı train station welcomes you in all its glory.”