Part of my "The joys of waiting for the ferry" collection, shot in Istanbul, October 2011.
The title does not refer to the colors in this shot only... What you see here is part of the outside wall of the original ferry waiting room building in Haydarpa?a – a delightful little building with beautiful tiled panels both inside and out – but sadly no passengers are passing through it any more. I really have no idea why it isn’t in use: it seems fully functional, including the bank of turnstiles on the (now inaccessible) inside. There is a sort of shelter farther down the dock that is in use now, but it's tiny and, frankly, looks only temporary.
Across from this building is the charming old railway station, the start of a suburban railway line to the industrial town of Gebze, still part of Istanbul and its public transportation system, but other long-distance railway lines as well. But once the railway tunnel under the Bosphorus is fully connected to new stretches of he suburban railways and stations on each side of the Bosphorus, the station will no longer have that function – and possibly the ferry neither. But that will still take years...
What struck me here was not only the beautiful pattern of hexagonal and triangular tiles, but also the blue plastic crate leaned casually against the wall, its color (even though it’s blue as well) rather clashing with that of the tiles.