wow – its been months since my last post. finally i’m back from the army. i wish i had the opportunity to use my camera there. naturally it was strictly forbidden. it was so funny to witness a bunch of grown up men gather, -in the name of serving the country- form an artificial reign, role play with that ridiculous attitude of no earthly use and call this military. ok, not to bore you with these endless discussions, it was a total waste of time.
starting with the pre-army shots. i feel like its been ages since those days. i really don’t remember what the topic was. so i just submit them more or less in chronological order. looks like a weekend visit to ankara.
at my father’s atelier
is that cinar?
he was preparing for the exhibition at milli reasurans
which i missed, being under arms
the bathroom of the atelier
collecting strange closets from all over the world
he uses power wash as a part of the process
extending his playground
dad, me, and the acrylic splash on my shirt
everything is illuminated! i was there to make a preliminary photo shoot of the rock band cicibebe for their upcoming album, last nail in the coffin.
some familier faces of the band, erdem from high school
and uni classmate kivanc, look how fragile he is
a focal length of 35mm can capture unwanted details
after years of gigging in ankara pubs, finally they end up with an album. the interesting part is that the released cd was empty so one can download and burn the mp3s in it. thus they made a remarkable impact on the music community, stating that there’s no difference left between a music cd and an empty cd
back to istanbul. i’m seriously planning to start a series of kitchens in the night. cigdem’s
title of a poem in a street writing.. something you can expect from cihangir
on the set of tadelle commercial.. i was responsible for taking some reference photos and preparing the hdr image to use in visual effects
where i met this nice mr.
director of photographer tobias hochstein from israel. he was there for three days, setting up a unique look for the commercial. he noticed my leica, took out his leica mp and we had two days of nice chat. hope to see you again in turkey, mate!
the muscle man was going to put a baby to sleep in the shot. they bring him a fake one for practicing
toby and the director, ozer feyzioglu
the outside shootings
van herpen was passing by
guy taking notes about each take
we made an agreement with erkan and sertac, to visit all of the big stadiums in istanbul before i leave for the army. it was a good excuse for me to see arsenal in the flesh.
ramsey scores. poor sertac
desperately trying to spend the last days with the beloved ones, eskisehir
dad wearing cinar’s trapper hat
having fun in the car
i have no idea where this photo came out of, should be from three or four rolls before, sister making up
dad and amelie working on the catalogue of the exhibition, milli reasurans
and that was my last shot before the 6-month separation.
may 2009. i’m back
i miss the escalators
we gave a visit to umut’s new flat with cigdem
looking for his no-name cat
still looking for
time to leave for some cheap house food outside
eskisehir.. sister at her office
soo grown up cinar at their new place
looks like he’s obsessed with power rangers when i was away
cinar shooting me
shooting the rangers
after putting him to sleep,
i went to the glass department which mustafa abi is the head of
dealing with some erasmus students
going through some students’ assignments. sis was advising him to keep it for the end of year exhibition, off the record
back to home. cinar and mom playing doctor-patient game
showing the power rangers poster
next day, watching spiderman on dvd
and on the way to the real doc
showing his scratch to him
at kent park
an artificial beach built on porsuk river
headed to neo to eat some walnut lahmacun
he loves itouch!
time to turn back to istanbul
cinar getting upset just before i leave. i doubt it’s because he’s not on the train, though
we were on a one week trip at italy. full of tourists at this time of the year. following shots mostly exposed at venice, florence, rome and naples with the ordinary setting of trix at 1600 and developed in xtol 1:1, 17,5 minutes at 21°C. we had this ultra fine wheather on the contrary, i had a chance to fully experience the nd filter
traditional venetian masks everywhere
it’s too late, she has to buy it now
on our way to florence
guy recording the caricaturists at piazza del duomo
around accademia and duomo in the back, about where they claim that there are 463 steps to the top, which is a huge lie. i probably lost 3 kilos climbing
i have no idea what that reflection on the negative is. looks like someone sabsabotaged my shot
we decided go to pisa by train to get rid of the tour community
back to florence
piazza delgi uffizi
on our way to rome
santa maria in trastevere, interreligious activity
the cute tiber island
killing time at piazza di spagna
an experimental toilet i bumped into at a stop over before pompei trip, what you step is what you pee
napoli, pretty much like istanbul, full of chaos
back to rome, rather out of focus, i like the way his shoes look though
those men in suits and their helmets on, going to work by scooters. would be a very conflict scene in turkey
last month we were in ankara for the wedding of senemk and erhan,
i was there once again to irritate the pro photographers of the place
i was just waiting for the pose instructions to come to an end, when guy with the camcorder saw my M and asked me to take a look at it. looked over for about a minute and said hmm, it’s old!
we had some nice ambience in the terrace
taking to the stage with gulum benim from ibrahim tatlises
ayten & ufuk
some shots from here and there
ayca at cigdem’s
we finally organized the photos including some of the above and made some prints as a wedding gift
waiting for the foam to go away
okay, the idea was nothing new but it was funny that they combined some crap house cleaning tools to make it
close-up for better understanding
guy said they’re using a different technique coming from cesme..
lowering the total absorption time down to 2 seconds
wandering around the stadium
nd8 filter on
mecidiyekoy covered in black. nice.
the guy was talking about the history of metallica
and finishing with some fresh chewing gum tattoos