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Local Lens, User Feature, Istanbul, Turkey,

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.”

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Local Lens, Istanbul, Turkey, Location Feature, User Feature,

Local Lens: Capturing Istanbul’s Colorful Streets and History with @sezgiolgac

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more vivid moments from Istanbul, follow @sezgiolgac.

"I owe a lot to the inspiring streets of Istanbul,” says jazz singer and writer Sezgi Olgaç (@sezgiolgac), who has called Turkey’s largest city her home for the last 17 years. “Living in such a multi-layered city fills my soul with the passion and the creative spirits I need every day.”

Rich with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history, the ancient and photogenic city straddles the mighty Bosphorus straight, meaning half of Istanbul stands in Europe and the other half in Asia.

Karaköy is where you can take a walk by the Golden Horn, gazing at the iconic silhouettes of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and New Mosque,” says Sezgi. “Walking across the Galata Bridge is sheer joy for an Instagrammer with its fishermen, ferries and seagulls.” On the other side of the straight sits Kadıköy, “which offers the best views of the Marmara Sea” and is home to the majestic Haydarpaşa Garı railway station.

For the seeker of narrow cobblestone alleys, Segzi suggests Beyoğlu. “Packed with music, bookstores, museums, cafés and a nostalgic tram, Beyoğlu is full of precious moments to capture.” Within walking distance sits Galata, an area steeped in history and home to the 600-year-old Galata Tower that, at 66.9 meters (219 feet), offers spectacular views for miles in every direction.