Embark on the Journey

“The moment I wake up, right away, I smile…. I am aware that a life is offering me twenty-four brand new hours to live, and that’s the most precious of gifts I received, while living every second of my life for a new day, for a new hope, for a new destination. I am traveler, won’t mind to be called gypsy. Hanging my bag, holding my camera, eying over everything, I keep walking. I discover a part of me in my journey. I mostly save each penny comes from my work for traveling. Simplicity is my luxury. Visiting my maples world is pretty sweating but I don’t mind to wait. Travel brings power and love back into our life. Sometimes we plan a trip to one place, but something takes us to another. Whatever purifies it is the correct road. Thus I stepped to Istanbul with an open eye in road to be lost” 

– GMB Akash

Muslims are praying inside Mosques of Istanbul, Turkey.

Women are resting beside ferry station.

Muslims are gathering in and outside of mosque during prayer time.

There are a handful of cities around the world that draw me back again and again. In my list Istanbul was a most desirable place to visit. I got my chance and landed for a quick tour. In Istanbul It is difficult to be in quiet places in a city of 13 million, which was best for me. I was attracted to the city for its rich history—it was the capital of three empires and it’s the only major city in the world that straddles two continents. Navigating Istanbul can be difficult for tourists. There are so many forms of transportation—trams, trolleys, ferries, taxis, metro—and so many ways to get to a place.

A muslim man is preparing himself for his prayer

Three friend are passing time near ferry station.

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As a travel photographer I love all options. While I keep clicking my camera, a short, wiry Turk goes past, carrying a dozen folded carpets balanced on his head. The weight of the load seems to be greater than that of the carrier. Women wearing veil, only showing their eyes, gold bangles and chains reminding women of my Old Dhaka’s. Several groups of photographer’s rooming around like me with cameras on shoulders and heads almost mechanically swiveling from side to side in an endeavor to miss nothing. The famous Blue Mosque was just near my hotel, I was stunned by seeing one of the most famous and most stunning Mosques in the world.  Istanbul is a city for those who can still enjoy a sense of providence: a sense of discovery and a sense of marvel.  

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A person is walking through street and going to the destination

Continually after walking almost ten hours it was not tiring to me. As a travel photographer one must quality is to be brave. Brave to face anything and everything on the journey. I travel alone and learn to enjoy entertaining myself. It is quite fun to explore a strange place and don’t get bored in loneliness. I love to watch people, introduce with new rituals and knowing different form of life. I keep images of memory in my travel folder. Photographs are not only holding my memories, but emotions and my interpretation of an untold journey.

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Inside a local restaurant of Istanbul

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A woman is stepping towards stairs of mosque

Wherever I go, I keep trying to match my country with the place I am visiting. Often I started missing my country. In Istanbul I was finding my bond, hearing Azaan in mosques was weaving images of my place, my Dhaka. There is an universal language in the world, the language of love. We human being are always try to name our emotion, level our feelings so as I keep trying to write in my dairy. My days ended so quickly, with my mixed emotions I was leaving the city, Istanbul. I headed to catch another flight for another place with the imaginary in my mind ‘Splendid Istanbul’

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Muslims are gathering in and outside of mosque during prayer time.

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“I am not only burning myself in these journeys, I am shaping my molecules, the discovery nor ended up here, either do I go home. I will pack my bag by holding my camera, & another mystic road will open its arm for me, and I very well known, miracles dwell in invisible. I – a lost soul will walk step by step, hearing entire in silence. When I keep learning the art to fly, I keep discovering till my universe dissolves”

– GMB Akash

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A person is walking through street and going to the destination

Author: GMB Akash

"I see the beauty of people and the human soul in the pictures I take. And though the circumstances of some of the people I portray may be grim, back-breaking, depraved, the people themselves are always remarkable characters and souls" For me Photography is my language, to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to make it hear. Through photography I only jot down my heart’s language. The best part about being a photographer is that I’m able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life.

16 thoughts on “Embark on the Journey”

  1. I love your images and your soulful words!
    “Not only am I burning myself in these journeys, I am also shaping my molecules. Neither has the discovery ended here, nor will I go home. I will pack my bag and hold my camera and another mystic road will open up for me. I have always known, miracles dwell in the invisible. I – a lost soul will walk step by step, hearing entirely in silence. As I continue learning the art of flying, I will continue discovering my universe until it dissolves.”

    Brilliant! Thank you, I really needed this at the moment. These are the healing words I needed.


  2. Too few recognise the gift of another 24 hours. Your photography does you proud and yes, Istanbul is a wonderful place to explore. My favourite shot is the figure ascending the steps.


  3. “There is a universal language in the world, the language of love.”

    I love this. I love everything you do. I never get bored or lonely, either. I love to travel to new places—even alone (although it is not always safe for a girl).

    Thank you so much for your work. Now I *really* want to go to Istanbul. I love love LOVE your site.


  4. I have waited today to finish my work.I finished my work had supper then I started to my journey of reading about your journey with the magic of writtings and photos.It was awesome.It felt like I’m in Istanbul ! Really inspiring 🙂


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