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

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is that cinar?

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he was preparing for the exhibition at milli reasurans

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which i missed, being under arms

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the bathroom of the atelier

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collecting strange closets from all over the world

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he uses power wash as a part of the process

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extending his playground

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dad, me, and the acrylic splash on my shirt

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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.

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some familier faces of the band, erdem from high school

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and uni classmate kivanc, look how fragile he is

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engin

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a focal length of 35mm can capture unwanted details

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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

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back to istanbul. i’m seriously planning to start a series of kitchens in the night. cigdem’s

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title of a poem in a street writing.. something you can expect from cihangir

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on the set of tadelle commercial.. i was responsible for taking some reference photos and preparing the hdr image to use in visual effects

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where i met this nice mr.

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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!

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the muscle man was going to put a baby to sleep in the shot. they bring him a fake one for practicing

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toby and the director, ozer feyzioglu

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the outside shootings

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van herpen was passing by

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guy taking notes about each take

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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.

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ramsey scores. poor sertac

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desperately trying to spend the last days with the beloved ones, eskisehir

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dad wearing cinar’s trapper hat

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watching metoroporisu

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having fun in the car

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mom

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i have no idea where this photo came out of, should be from three or four rolls before, sister making up

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dad and amelie working on the catalogue of the exhibition, milli reasurans

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and that was my last shot before the 6-month separation.

may 2009. i’m back

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i miss the escalators

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we gave a visit to umut’s new flat with cigdem

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looking for his no-name cat

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still looking for

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gotcha!

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time to leave for some cheap house food outside

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eskisehir.. sister at her office

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soo grown up cinar at their new place

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looks like he’s obsessed with power rangers when i was away

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cinar shooting me

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shooting the rangers

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desperately thinking

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after putting him to sleep,

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i went to the glass department which mustafa abi is the head of

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dealing with some erasmus students

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going through some students’ assignments. sis was advising him to keep it for the end of year exhibition, off the record

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back to home. cinar and mom playing doctor-patient game

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showing the power rangers poster

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next day, watching spiderman on dvd

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and on the way to the real doc

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showing his scratch to him

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at kent park

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an artificial beach built on porsuk river

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headed to neo to eat some walnut lahmacun

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he loves itouch!

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time to turn back to istanbul

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cinar getting upset just before i leave. i doubt it’s because he’s not on the train, though

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byee!

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

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traditional venetian masks everywhere

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it’s too late, she has to buy it now

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on our way to florence

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guy recording the caricaturists at piazza del duomo

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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

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i have no idea what that reflection on the negative is. looks like someone sabsabotaged my shot

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börç.

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we decided go to pisa by train to get rid of the tour community

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pisa madness

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back to florence

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piazza delgi uffizi

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on our way to rome

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santa maria in trastevere, interreligious activity

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the cute tiber island

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killing time at piazza di spagna

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an experimental toilet i bumped into at a stop over before pompei trip, what you step is what you pee

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napoli, pretty much like istanbul, full of chaos

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back to rome, rather out of focus, i like the way his shoes look though

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those men in suits and their helmets on, going to work by scooters. would be a very conflict scene in turkey

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musei capitolini

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ciao!

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

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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!

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we had some nice ambience in the terrace

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aaaaa!

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taking to the stage with gulum benim from ibrahim tatlises

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ayten & ufuk

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some shots from here and there

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dad showing me bedri baykam’s original mirror writings (sorry, there was no sperm on it)

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ayten

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ayca at cigdem’s

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we finally organized the photos including some of the above and made some prints as a wedding gift

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i was just walking back to home when i bumped into the crowd for metallica concert, i noticed a young group drinking and shouting around, i approached and asked for taking some photos as they were using this homemade tool for downing the beer

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waiting for the foam to go away

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okay, the idea was nothing new but it was funny that they combined some crap house cleaning tools to make it

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learned all the tips & tricks by the way

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close-up for better understanding

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guy said they’re using a different technique coming from cesme..

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lowering the total absorption time down to 2 seconds

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wandering around the stadium

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nd8 filter on

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mecidiyekoy covered in black. nice.

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the guy was talking about the history of metallica

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and finishing with some fresh chewing gum tattoos

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