Busking in Istanbul

Recently a band I'm in, Ivır Zıvır has shifted from playing in bars to performing on the street. Playing on İstanbul's famous "İstiklal Caddesi" pedestrian street is exhilarating: we play to an estimated audience of 4 million people who pass through the street daily. Playing there has given me a new sense of the street and an appreciation for the community of people whose professional livelihoods depend on it: Musicians, fortune tellers, beggars, street-kids, caricature  artists, and so on. One thing that I'm struck by is the number of self-identified "photographers" who take my photo while I'm performing. It seems they think they're invisible despite their less-than-subtle presence. So many people photograph us without consent or any monetary donation. Istanbul is a surprisingly good city to busk in and if the weather is right we make more on the streets than we did in bars. Here are 2 videos. . .