Food and Photography in Turkey

The words caught my eye…a food and photography workshop in Turkey…and the planning started!

Organised by Olga Irez from Delicious Istanbul and photographer, David Hagerman from David Hagerman Photography and Eating Asia, I knew we would be in the hands of experts.

And experts they were….

For five nights we were based at Zelis Çifligi .. a small hotel overlooking Lake Sapanca about an hour and a half from Istanbul. Zelis Çifligi is the home of Olga’s husband, Özgür and his parents. Here, on non cooking days, we were spoilt with his Mother, Zeliha’s fabulous food. What a combination!

During the day, Olga taught us how to make turkish breads and pastries, kebabs, dolmas and lots more which we promptly photographed, learning the tricks of the trade from David. We visited local markets, the historic old town of Göynük and had trips to meet a few of the local characters in the area.

Whilst more stories will emerge of our time here with new friends and our great hosts, here are a few highlights…


Zelis Çifligi

Zelis Çifligi



Home made borek

Home made borek



Bread shop in Göynük

Bread shop in Göynük



A close shave in Göynük

David having a close shave in Göynük!



Sapanca farmer

The delightful 83 year old farmer who we visited for breakfast



Hamsi pie

Zeliha’s hamsi pie



Valley home

A house with a view over the valley



Fiddle playing hermit in the hills of Sapanca, Turkey

The mad fiddle playing hermit living in a valley high in the mountains…



The hermit's wife, Turkey

and his wife…



 Produce seller at the Sapanca markets

A face in the crowd at the Sapanca markets



Peach cake

Peach cake



Sapanca market seller

This lady selling a few home grown vegetables, caught my eye at the market



Washing area of the mosque in Göynük

Washing area of the mosque in Göynük



Zeliha from Zelis Çifligi

Under Zeliha’s watchful eye!



Fading sun in the valley

Fading sun in the valley



Warm bread from the wood oven in Sapanca

Warm bread for breakfast from the wood oven at our farmer’s house in Sapanca




Other posts you may enjoy:
Rüstem Pasha:My Favourite Mosque in Istanbul
Istanbul’s Aya Sophia Museum
Istanbul’s’ Hidden Street
Pickle Heaven in Istanbul

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26 Responses to Food and Photography in Turkey

  1. Libbie October 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Your photographs are fantastic! I have only recently found your blog but now I’ll be following your travels closely. I share your interest in travel and good food and photography and I suspect we are about the same age, so I’ll travel vicariously with you.


    • Jenny Freedman October 4, 2013 at 5:06 am #

      Thanks Libbie and welcome. It’s great to have you join us on our travels! Travel, food and photography go hand in hand don’t they!

  2. budget jan October 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Every photo I saw became my new favourite. Facing the sun in the valley is a stand out, but I love all the people shots too 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman October 4, 2013 at 5:03 am #

      Thanks Jan. We had a lot of fun taking masses of photos!

  3. Natalie October 4, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Great photos. I think I was looking at the same workshop earlier in the year and was really interested. It was just the price that put me off

    • Jenny Freedman October 4, 2013 at 5:15 am #

      Thanks Natalie. Shame you didn’t join us…we had a fun time but I can fully understand why you didn’t!

  4. [email protected] Istanbul October 4, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    Jenny, wow: amazing collection of photos that brings back wonderful memories! Great job! Happy travels to you and Ian and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in Turkey.

    • Jenny Freedman October 4, 2013 at 5:16 am #

      Thanks Olga. It really was a great workshop. There’ll be more posts as soon as we stop exploring this fabulous country!

  5. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey October 4, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    Such stunning photos (again). I have no idea how you can cook something, and them WAIT while you photograph it…torture!

    • Jenny Freedman October 8, 2013 at 2:04 am #

      Thanks Sarah-Jane. Sometimes it was very hard not to eat the dish you are photographing! Thankfully there were restrained people around me so I had to follow suit!

  6. Nita October 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Amazing pictures Jenny! That pie looks so delicious, and great captures of the people too 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman October 8, 2013 at 2:08 am #

      Thanks Nita. We had fun on the workshop.The Turkish people are so friendly and are very happy for you to take photos of them so it makes it a lot easier!

  7. Karen (Back Road Journal) October 7, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    What a fantastic opportunity. It looks like it was truly memorable.

    • Jenny Freedman October 8, 2013 at 2:09 am #

      It really was a fabulous workshop Karen! Great people, great food and the opportunity to learn to take better photos…perfect!

  8. Margaret | Destination Here&Now October 9, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Beautiful snapshot of what looks like a week you’ll long remember Jenny. Your Turkish posts do it to me every time – remind me of how much I love – and miss – Turkey. What would you give to live in Istanbul for a while hey.

    • Jenny Freedman October 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be great to live in Istanbul for a while. We’re here for 10 days but I know it’s not going to be long enough! Thanks for your lovely comment Margaret.

  9. Shing October 10, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Every time I see new photos you’ve taken each one becomes my new favourite! The shot you took of David having a shave particularly stands out for being something ordinary yet unique. I’d love to go on a photography workshop one of these days, and where better than Turkey?

    • Jenny Freedman October 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      I loved that photo of David too…I think it was the white bit of foam on his ear!! I’ve enjoyed both the photography workshops I’ve been on. (Jordan was the other) They’ve offered completely different experiences and I’ve loved them both! I can certainly recommend them to you Shing!

  10. Lyn Barden October 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I just loved the photographs of the people. Beautiful. And the food really makes me hungary. I’m enjoying reading about your travels.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Hi Lyn. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It’s nice to hear that you are enjoying our travels. The Turkish people love having their photo taken so I’m happy to oblige as I am to eat their delicious food!

  11. Tricia November 11, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Jenny, what a beautiful experience! The hamsi pie looks especially intriguing. Do you recall what some of the ingredients were?

  12. Life Images by Jill March 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    fantastic food shots – but even more I love the portraits of the people. Wonderful. What an amazing trip you must have had.

    • Jenny Freedman March 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      Thanks Jill. It’s interesting that you comment on the portraits…I love taking them. This was a great workshop that covered my favourite subjects…food and photography!

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