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Turning off the conscious mind

This post is all about my latest trip to Turkey, quite a personal one. A lot of family moments and a glimpse of my yet-to-be-named, ongoing photography series portraying Turkish Artists in their studios.

Being far away from home makes me think a lot about how I can connect with the life I left behind, especially from a photography standpoint. In a country polarized to its core, losing my sense of belonging day after day, I choose to hold onto the people I love, memories and the small community I was raised in, transforming them into silver halide crystals. This is my way out..

All photos are Tri-X at 800 developed in XTOL 1:1, 10:30mins at 21°C, shot mostly with Leica M6 and the square ones with Rolleiflex 2.8F

 

Visit to <a href="http://arteistanbul.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Arte Istanbul</a>

Visit to Arte Istanbul

 

 

home studio of long time family friend, artist <a href="http://www.yunustonkus.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Yunus Tonkuş</a>

home studio of long time family friend, artist Yunus Tonkuş

 

 

working on a statue of Oğuz Aral, a legendary Turkish cartoonist

working on a statue of Oğuz Aral, a legendary Turkish cartoonist

 

 

 

 

 

the series will be displayed on the streets of Kadikoy, the <em>liberated area</em> of today's Istanbul

the series will be displayed on the streets of Kadikoy, the liberated area of today’s Istanbul

 

 

 

 

 

final touches on <em>Avanak Avni</em>, Aral's most remarkable cartoon character

final touches on Avanak Avni, Aral’s most remarkable cartoon character

 

 

behind the scenes

behind the scenes

 

 

 

 

 

reminiscing

reminiscing

 

 

happy times when I had no idea my Rollei had a misaligned focusing screen

happy times when I had no idea my Rollei had a misaligned focusing screen

 

 

 

 

 

Minnoş, the reckless host

Minnoş, the reckless host

 

 

Ufuk

Ufuk

 

 

Deniz

Deniz

 

 

I admire how he starts giggling two minutes after he wakes up

I admire how he starts giggling two minutes after he wakes up

 

 

winter remains

winter remains

 

 

into the roots

into the roots

 

 

wandering streets of Karakoy

wandering streets of Karakoy

 

 

when the cab driver rejects to take you to Galata

when the cab driver rejects to take you to Galata

 

 

one fell down

one fell down

 

 

time out

time out

 

 

the whole city turned into a massive construction site

the whole city turned into a massive construction site

 

 

the one thing that doesn't change

the one thing that doesn’t change

 

 

a metaphorical masterpiece

a metaphorical masterpiece

 

 

nothing beats the joy of nerdy gear talk with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/eoyilmaz" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this man</a>

nothing beats the joy of nerdy gear talk with this man

 

 

off to Eskisehir, long awaited meet up with my sis

off to Eskisehir, long awaited meet up with my sis

 

 

picking up exactly from where they left off

picking up exactly from where they left off

 

 

heirloom t-shirt that passed down generations of our family travelling all around the world, and now <em>it's coming home</em>

heirloom t-shirt that passed down generations of our family travelling all around the world, and now it’s coming home

 

 

planting the seeds

planting the seeds

 

 

when you realize you locked yourself out

when you realize you locked yourself out

 

 

late night at the kitchen

late night at the kitchen

 

 

accidental double exposure

accidental double exposure

 

 

stopped by at Sivrihisar for visiting <a href="http://metinyurdanur.com.tr/en" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Metin Yurdanur</a>'s open-air sculpture museum set on the foothills of the rocky mountains.

stopped by at Sivrihisar for visiting Metin Yurdanur‘s open-air sculpture museum set on the foothills of the rocky mountains.

 

 

some familiar faces welcome us. Remembering Ali Dincer.

some familiar faces welcome us. Remembering Ali Dincer.

 

 

Abidin Dino

Abidin Dino

 

 

and Berfo Ana

and Berfo Ana

 

 

FYI

FYI

 

 

visit to Ali Kotan's studio, Ankara

visit to Ali Kotan’s studio, Ankara

 

 

 

 

 

for some reason, I always have a sympathy for artists who refuse to move to Istanbul

for some reason, I always have a sympathy for artists who refuse to move to Istanbul

 

 

 

 

 

behind the scenes

behind the scenes

 

 

a tribute to Gezi

a tribute to Gezi

 

 

suburbs of Ankara

suburbs of Ankara

 

 

wandering around the castle

wandering around the castle

 

 

fooling around with dad at Erimtan Museum. Can you spot him?

fooling around with dad at Erimtan Museum. Can you spot him?

 

 

moments like this make me question many decisions in my life

moments like this make me question many decisions in my life

 

 

limited edition

limited edition

 

 

the gang is ready for the aspirin bubbles experiment

the gang is ready for the aspirin bubbles experiment

 

 

failed.. looks like it's another Youtube clickbait video they've been watching

failed.. looks like it’s another Youtube clickbait video they’ve been watching

 

 

 

relationship status

relationship status

 

 

reminds me <a style="color: #ff4b33;" href="http://ozguraydogdu.com/temp/blog/showImage.php?img=2016/06/IMG-BLF-44" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this</a>

reminds me this

 

 

 

 

 

setting up the exhibition

setting up the exhibition

 

 

good to see neighbors are doing well, Egemen & Mocha

good to see neighbors are doing well, Egemen & Mocha

 

 

front yard drama

front yard drama

 

 

catching up with Kivanc

catching up with Kivanc

 

 

The first episode of the series could not be complete without <a href="http://www.habipaydogdu.net/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">my father</a>, of course.

The first episode of the series could not be complete without my father, of course.

 

 

turning off the conscious mind

turning off the conscious mind

 

 

we decided to go for a shoot focusing more on the performance and creative process.

we decided to go for a shoot focusing more on the performance and creative process.

 

 

my goal was to capture some moments when he's really in the flow

my goal was to capture some moments when he’s really in the flow

 

 

it's an essential part of his creative process

it’s an essential part of his creative process

 

 

 a highly focused mental state of being completely present and fully immersed in a task

 a highly focused mental state of being completely present and fully immersed in a task

 

 

we picked this one for the press release of his upcoming exhibition

we picked this one for the press release of his upcoming exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that signature look..

that signature look..

 

 

 

 

 

my favourite of the roll

my favourite of the roll

 

 

confrontation

confrontation

 

 

working on his sketchbook

working on his sketchbook

 

 

 

 

 

which turned into diaries over the years

which turned into diaries over the years

 

 

 

 

 

summary of the session

summary of the session

 

 

behind the scenes

behind the scenes

 

 

 

cousins cracking up

cousins cracking up

 

 

the most photogenic nephew you could have. Never fails me, since <a href="http://ozguraydogdu.com/temp/blog/showImage.php?img=2018/10/IMG_3160" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the very first portrait</a> I took of him

the most photogenic nephew you could have. Never fails me, since the very first portrait I took of him

 

 

acrylic ayran

acrylic ayran

 

 

same spot, same camera, a very different me <a href="http://ozguraydogdu.com/temp/blog/showImage.php?img=2016/05/57_Untitled-26" target="_blank" rel="noopener">from 9 years ago</a>

same spot, same camera, a very different me from 9 years ago

 

 

messing around with sis

messing around with sis

 

 

Çınar

Çınar

 

 

mom keeping things in order

mom keeping things in order

 

 

and <em>the moment</em> of the whole trip for me

and the moment of the whole trip for me

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