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GAY PRIDE PARADE ISTANBUL 2015

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2015 by claudiawiens

On 28th June 2015 the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul was scheduled to take place like every year since 2003. It was to start at 5pm but already much earlier in the day I was surprised by the amount of police men, water canon’s and tear gas equipment around the whole centre of Istanbul. When I arrived at Taksim Square at 4.45 pm all was peaceful, but there was more police than participants. I was a bit weary but decided to take photos nevertheless. First I discovered a group of Syrians chanting for their personal freedom, rights and safety. I took photos of them for a little while and then moved on a few meters when suddenly the police started pushing us towards Istiklal Street and Siraselviler Street. I could smell teargas but thought I must imagine that untill I heard people around me also coughing. The police made a wall with their plastic shields and shoved and pushed us. As I felt this was a trap and something had started to go terribly wrong I tried to get behind the police rows but they would not let me through. Their faces were full of hate! I felt quite panicky being brutality shoved forwards. Finally I was eye to eye with a human police men who also had fear and not hatred in his face, who quickly moved a bit to let me through. I was relieved. But unfortunately many other people got trapped and were teargased and attacked by water canons and rubber bullets. In the meantime police had closed all side streets of Istiklal Street in order to hinder people joining the march. I later learned that the 2015 Istanbul LGBTI Pride March has been banned at the last minute and without prior notice by the Istanbul Governorship on account of Ramadan. But LOVE WILL WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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INSTAGRAM

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by claudiawiens

I recently discovered INSTAGRAM as a nice “toy” to use photography in a different way. More playful, more spontanious, somewhat lighthearted, pretty and emotional. I can be creative in a different way. You can follow me @claudiawiens on instagram. But as not everybody is using instagram I thought it would be nice to share some photos on my blog as well. This post will gradually grow.

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A sandcastle in Valencia003_Istanbul_Seagulls_byClaudiaWiens

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Seagulls following a boat in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
Balloons in Istanbul

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A Portrait of my cat Selma

006_Tunis_Train_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
A train ride from Tunis to Gabes

007_Seychelles_Ocean_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
Tropical island paradise Seychelles

008_Istanbul_Fountain_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
A fountain in Istanbul

009_Istanbul_Bosporus_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
Beautiful Bosporus in Istanbul

010_Istanbul_Streetcat_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
One of the many streetcats in Istanbul

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©Claudia Wiens
Snow in Istanbul

013_Cairo_Aerial_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
An aerial shot of Cairo

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More Cairo from above

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Cairo, Nile and Manial, from above

001_Selma_byClaudiaWiens

©Claudia Wiens
Queen Selma

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Selfportrait

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN ISTANBUL

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by claudiawiens

Together with my photo colleague Andrea Künzig I will teach a photography workshop in Istanbul May 2014 (15.05. 2014 -19.05 2014). Registration is open NOW. All information and details under http://photoworkshopswienskuenzig.com/  . So far teaching language is German, but if there should be interest by English speaking people we can definitely offer the workshop in English and German. Please contact me for inquiries.

Istanbul

© Claudia Wiens

Fotoworkshop in Istanbul

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by claudiawiens

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Istanbul Fotoworkshop mit Andrea Künzig und Claudia Wiens
Istanbul 12.9.2013 – 16.9.2013

Meine Kollegin Andrea Künzig und ich leben und arbeiten seit mehreren Jahren in Istanbul. Wir bieten im September 2013 einen 5-tägigen Workshop in der Metropole an. Zusammen bringen wir fast 40 Jahre internationale Fotografie-Arbeitserfahrung mit und möchten diese mit fotobegeisterten Menschen teilen. Alle Details kann man einsehen unter www.photoworkshopswienskuenzig.com

002 Istanbul, Hidrellez Festival, gypsie band playing, by Claudia Wiens

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istanbul© Andrea Künzig

035 Istanbul, people having fun at Suada Club, by Claudia Wiens

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istanbul© Andrea Künzig

Istanbul

© Claudia Wiens

istanbul

© Andrea Künzig