I was born and grew up in Kadikoy, Istanbul and pursued my high school education in Deutsche Schule Istanbul. I gained an analytical and scientific perspective with my B.Sc. degree in Physics Yildiz Tech. Uni. After graduation I experienced a marketing & sales oriented career path in top tier fmcg companies and pursued a MBA at Bilgi University.
I discovered photography in 2014, during the time of building my creative confidence and it was a dazzling discovery. In 2018 September i started to travel the Americas as a street photographer. Since then I have developed an inspiring and profound harmony with the journey.
Photography is for me a way of thinking of life in a special state of mind. Through photography I have improved my understanding of human nature and found the charming way of expressing myself.
There is limitless combination of happenings around us and I intend everyday to photograph those moments. It’s important to create awareness and to pause and reflect in the fast paced world we are living in through visual story telling.
“To me, photography is an art of observation.
It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…
I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
What's in your bag ? I started with an Olympus OMD EM-10 camera with a digital M. ZUIKO 17mm f/1.8 (eqv. to 34mm in the 35mm format) lens. Now i am using a Fujifilm Xpro-2 with 23mm & 58mm Fujinon XF lens (eqv. to 35mm and 85mm in the 35mm format) and a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.4 CanonFD lens.
How many times do you shoot a week ? I am mostly with my camera. Since i started the 365 project I've been shooting in everyday basis, which i believe helped my progress a lot.
Who are your photographic influencers ? Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joel Meyerowitz, Eliott Erwitt, William Klein, Matt Stuart, Alex Webb, Trent Parke.
How did you get into photography ? I discovered photography during the journey of building my creative confidence. My friend Kerem Nasipoglu, who is an Istanbul based street&documentary photographer, influenced me to get into photography.
Do you run into any trouble while photographing strangers ? I have learned to be more stealth and quick while photographing on the street. I don't have such a concern like being stealth in the streets. I am almost obvious while taking photos of people. If someone stopped or asked me about what I am doing, I try to be polite and continue to my journey.
What advice would you give to someone starting in street photography ? Have a camera on you and be ready to shoot at all times, keep an eye out for a special thing for you, be patient, optimistic and enjoy it, keep learning and get inspired.