Born in Istanbul in 1985, studied Physics, worked as an FMCG marketer and later became a personal care brand entrepreneur based in Boston, MA. Now living in Milan, Italy.
Discovered photography in 2014, during the time of building creative confidence which was a dazzling discovery.
His obsession with art made him try painting but his real passion was photography.
In 2018, traveled to North and Central America as a full-time street photographer. During his trip to Mexico, he discovered color painting. Since then developed an inspiring and profound harmony with the journey. Recently, he express photography with this special color painting technique.
Photography is a way of thinking of life in a remarkable state of mind for him. Through photography, he has improved his understanding of human nature and found a charming way of expressing himself.
“There is a limitless combination of happenings around us and I intend every day 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 storytelling.”
“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.