Black and White

When color is stripped from certain photographs, the audience will find themselves in their own conversation with the photograph, without the colors imposing any feelings. This is a collection of my photographs trying to speak to you.
Fethiye is a very popular touristic area in the south side of Turkey. When you drive out fethiye towards Antalya - which is another popular touristic city - you have to go through the mountains and valleys. My parents moved from Istanbul to a small village near Fethiye, Gocek, some years ago and they have been living there a quite life after all the fuss and hard work in Istanbul.

One cold November morning, my father and I were driving from Fethiye to Antalya for his angiography. On the top of the mountains going through a valley, I noticed a single tree, in the middle of a field cover in fog. Seemed like an endless field and felt like a dream.

I am a person who remembers almost none of his dreams. Very very rare that I wake up and remember a dream I had and talk about it. I thought if I setup my tripod and went into the fog covered field, it would always be a dream I would remember. So I pulled over and took the shot.

Taken w/ Fuji XPro2 XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens November 19, 2018 5596x3730 px
Race With Yourself
Sancaklar Mosque, on the edge of Istanbul in Büyükçekmece, has a unique architecture formed by Emre Arolat. Resembling a simple cave, the mosque has a dramatic and awe-inspiring interior for praying and being alone with God. The slits along the qibla wall strengthen the orientation of the prayer area and allow the sun's rays to filter into the interior. As the sun moves in the sky, the architecture fills with shadows and geometry.

Besides the people who come here for prayers, also many people come here just to see the beautiful place.

I took the photograph while I was producing an episode for a tv documentary series, for the main stream tv channel in Turkey, TRT2. Documentary was called "Bir Kare Bir Anlam" (roughly translated: A frame, a concept).

While we were on a break, a kid from one of the visiting families started to run around on the carpet. Remembering my childhood, I could resonate so easily because the space is wide and empty and the carpet on the ground is so soft. So what do you do? Run. While I watched him I positioned myself and clicked the shutter, just to capture his silhouette with the geometric shape of light.

Taken w/ Fuji XPro2 XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens August 28, 2021 6000x4000 px
Istanbul is a city with 18 million population. Probably one of the most crowded places in the whole world. Faced a huge migration in the 1980s, people came here from rural parts to find jobs. Traffic is like a nightmare at all times of the day, public transportation is hard and worst of all, you certainly should drive 60-70 km to find a place less crowded for relaxing.

On the other side, it is the city I was born and raised in. Most people born here have a different kind of love for the beauties of this town, at least what's left of them. Most of the time the city will make you feel stuck and blocked. The pier in the photograph is in one of the centers of Istanbul, but it had been blocked with the fences by the municipality. I have no idea why. It was like a summary of my feelings about Istanbul. Beautiful but blocked.

Taken on w/ Fuji XPro2 XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens January 12, 2020 3789x2526 px
SEKA Paper Factory in Kocaeli, Turkey, was one of the biggest paper production factories, established in 1934, right after the Declaration of Republic of Turkey. It was closed in 2005 and the Municipality of Kocaeli turned the industrial areas to a museum and the whole territory to a park. It is one of the biggest parks near Istanbul and located in Kocaeli Bay Area.

The pier of the park in the photograph is mostly shot with long exposure or sunset. But when I was visiting the park with my son, there was a slight fog and it was very early in the morning. The opportunity was unique. With the park being almost deserted and the sea having no movement, I clicked the shutter.

From this angle, the pier seemed like an endless arc as if the Arc of St.Louis in Missouri, which I had the chance to see in 1993, was turned horizontal.

Taken on January 2, 2019 w/ Fuji XPro2 XF16mmF1.4 R WR lens
Akyaka in southern part of Turkey, is one of the kitesurf spots with its naturalness, greenery and plenty of wind. Overflowing especially in the summer months, is the perfect place to relax and find peace. It is a completely different place with its historical buildings, sea and sun, nature and unique scenery, fish restaurants and friendly people.

The beach of Akyaka in summer is always crowded and filled with joy, but when I was passing through in cold November, it was so serene and peaceful. There was a slight rain and the sea was so calm. It was the one and only time I saw the sea in tides. The sea occupied some part of the beach and there was a little sand island formed in the middle of the sea. It was so exciting.

I ran to my car, got the tripod, set it up, put on my water proof boots and walked to the sand island with a shutter remote. Standing in the middle of the sea made me feel like I was closer to the horizon.

Taken on November 18, 2018 w/ Fuji XPro2 XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens
The TMO building in Istanbul, has been one of the biggest dry food exchange and transportation places in Turkey, up until 2004, when it was abandoned. With 9 floors and 90 silos going from top floor to the warehouses below the building. Since it was abandoned, it has been a very scary place with broken windows, big deep holes and dark atmosphere. Homeless people used it as shelter in winter and even some dark rituals were held in it.

I took the photograph while I was producing an episode for a tv documentary series, for the main stream tv channel in Turkey, TRT2. Documentary was called "Bir Kare Bir Anlam" (roughly translated: A frame, a concept) and the my episode was about dying. So it was the perfect place, as a building left to die.

The photograph on the floor was broken and our director decided to use it as a prop in the episode. While we were on a break, I turned my head and saw this frame. A member from the crew was watching outside, from the 7th floor we were on, and the picture was placed there to be used.

Taken on August 30, 2021 w/ Fuji XPro2 XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR lens