TIME magazine feature: Hagia Sophia Interior (Ayasofya) – Istanbul

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by TIME Magazine for my Upside Down Medusa head photograph, which in turn lead into the photograph you see in this post being featured in a published article of TIME Magazine out on newsstands. As you can likely imagine, I’m very proud and honoured to have this happen.

I have not yet seen the physical article, but there is an online version of it that you can take a look at. Obviously I’ll be heading to my nearest magazine shop today to grab a few copies 🙂 It will be running in the international edition of TIME, as well as online and their iPad application.

As for the image itself, it was made during my trip to Istanbul earlier in the year. It was taken from the second floor of the museum. I had to wait my turn to get a proper spot, as there were several people making similar shots. You can’t use a tripod in here, so what I had to do is rest my elbows on the edge, keep my ISO low, and fire away. This image is actually an HDR image, but I decided to give this a more “natural” look, and mainly used the additional dynamic range, to bring more detail out of the interior. It was also shot very wide at 17mm, which gave the image a heavy key-stoning effect, which had to be corrected in Photoshop. Other than that, just some localized contrast enhancement, a little bit of desaturation, and an un-sharpen mask, to bring out more detail.

Hope you enjoy it, and that you get a chance to see this in print.

P.S. I’ve had an overwhelming show of support by all of you, which is truly appreciated. Thank you!. Many of you said very nice things about this accomplishment and the photograph itself. To me its more about the image itself and what it means and speaks to viewers. And in that regard, I noticed one comment by Henrique Durão, that really caught my attention:

Nice work that conveys the author’s sensitivity to interpret the architectural grandeur and religion to human scale. Just volumetric dimension that makes the built space has always been recognized as a place of worship over several centuries. As for me, was perfectly captured the particularity of an angle that brings us to the timeless brilliance of the Byzantine empire. – Henrique Durão

Thank you Henrique, for this very kind comment and take on the photograph.