The iconic Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul Turkey. Hagia Sophia was originally an Orthodox basilica, later a mosque, and is now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except for a short period when was a Roman Catholic cathedral (1204-1261). Hagia Sophia was a mosque from 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized and opened as a museum two years later. The present building was constructed between 532 and 537. When Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, Sultan Mehmed II ordered that the building be converted to a mosque. Islamic features were added and Christian features removed or plastered over. When Turkey became a...
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My twin loves of photography and travel emerged early in life. I remember being enchanted by rare trips to an airport to meet an arriving flight, and equally enchanted by a train trip on the California Zephyr from Denver to Salt Lake City. Clearly, I wanted to go places! On these trips I had my trusty Kodak Instamatic camera, with those funky flash cubes! But almost as soon as I could, I was out traveling on my own! Luckily this coincided with an interest in 35 mm photography which I learned on my own and from friends. I can remember taking dozens of rolls of film on every trip...black and white and color in every ISO I thought I'd need!
Fast forward to 2008 after multiple academic...
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