back to photoblogging

back to blogging with a packed, dirty post after years. a lot happened meanwhile. at some point film and chemical prices went so freaking high in turkey that I had to quit film and put everything on hold for a while. finally found some time and enthusiasm to get the blog running again. sharing stuff from here and there in time. not much street on this one, mostly documenting stuff going around me as I go to places. all tri-x between 800-2400 iso shot with leica m6 and summicron 35mm

 

starting with some photos from the set of yahsi bati (ottoman cowbows)

 

 

background player having a rest

 

 

the artificial moon light

 

 

they literally built the whole town, even the interiors

 

 

I must say it was one of the best organized feature film sets I’ve ever been, but we still had to sleep in the car and wake up at 3am for a retake

 

 

the sequence they shot that night, we were responsible to make the butterfly and the tumbleweed at the end in cg

 

 

stopped by at cumalıkızık on the way to ayca’s wedding

 

 

a well-preserved ottoman village with not so well tradesmen

 

 

postmodern backyard

 

 

3 by 3 by 3

 

 

that’s the question

 

 

ayten signing the wedding guestbook

 

 

gave a visit to erkan’s, everything went fine until cigdem fell asleep at the doorway

 

 

a surprisingly quiet night at celiktepe. no street fights, no soldier send off celebrations

 

 

 

 

some random coffee place

 

 

at the opening ceromony of balat art square

 

 

 

 

a group of protesters broke into the place with their shirts labeled don’t mess with my home

 

 

they’ve been raising their voice against the slum clearance in balat for a while, trying to take mayor’s attention this time

 

 

a foreign journalist taking notes (with a beautiful handwriting and amazing layout)

 

 

cerkes karadag following the uproar

 

 

with selvin gafuroglu

 

 

mom

 

 

phanar greek orthodox college

 

 

edeple varış, lütufla dönüş in a galaxy far, far away

 

 

good luck with that

 

 

back to office, side effects of working for commercials

 

 

that’s what post-production trash bin looks like

 

 

sertacco

 

 

erkan

 

 

turgut

 

 

on the set for an art-documentary shooting at hagia irene, a 1600 year old historical orthodox church in istanbul

 

 

13 & 13, a 13 episode show produced by trt, where painters and musicians meet up, perform their art, improvise and feed each other. each episode is 13 minutes as you guess

 

 

in this episode my father is accompanied by harpist zeynep öykü

 

 

here is the final cut, if you are into that kind of stuff

 

 

don’t remember exactly but it must be tri-x rated at 1600 that day

 

 

 

one of my favorites from the roll, the triangles seem to work there

 

 

the coast is clear!

 

 

behind the camera..

 

 

 

 

 

this one got printed on his latest book last year

 

 

never been to the place before. fantastic ambiance

 

 

 

 

the paintings from each episode find their way to an auction for charity

 

 

got his hands a bit dirty

 

 

at least he finally has a facebook profile photo, if you don’t mind the acrylic splashes

 

 

chilling at home

 

 

uykusuz & turkish coffee

 

 

hanging out with mark, irish pub in taksim

 

 

 

 

on the way to istanbul fotograf merkezi to get some overpriced tri-x rolls, tarlabasi

 

 

 

 

more hanging out, cihangir

 

 

bayram morning at ankara

 

 

 

 

finishing the roll

 

 

at the atelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

looks like dad placed my darkroom prints on the best spot

 

 

 

 

eyes on me

 

 

mustafa abi (and a fatih urunc in the back)

 

 

down to warehouse

 

 

confused

 

 

ready for the crazy massage?

 

 

new season home booties

 

 

 

 

visiting yunus tonkus

 

 

 

 

some of his students’ works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ready for the opening night

 

 

 

 

 

 

someone’s getting bored

 

 

on the set of av mevsimi (hunting season)

 

 

crew setting up the fog for the scene

 

 

smart way to protect an arricam from rain

 

 

leads taking a break between shots, sener sen and cetin tekindor

 

 

set photographer with a huge boner

 

 

another break

 

 

he noticed my leica and called me over, we had nice chat for a couple of minutes. all the urban legends I heard about him seem to be true, though. imagine the most strict teacher you had in high school. I couldn’t even ask for a photo.

 

 

weekend visit to dikmen family, urla

 

 

cinar chilling at the patio

 

 

sinasi dikmen talking about his upcoming projects

 

 

we agreed to buy their house if they ever decide to move back to germany

 

 

meanwhile in the kitchen

 

 

 

 

cinarino

 

 

 

 

visit to cuma ocaklı home studio

 

 

discussing his latest works

 

 

good vibes

 

 

 

 

olive oil black market

 

 

 

 

nice

 

 

streets of alacati

 

 

the antiques bazaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

off to eskisehir, as a proud member of the underdevelopers club

 

 

 

 

walking around odunpazari

 

 

nature wins

 

 

 

 

 

 

cinar bending some air

 

 

inside the pirate ship

 

 

 

 

how is masal dünyası yapılması işi going?

 

 

gave a visit to the village where my father was born, countryside near konya

 

 

all the family members moved to bigger cities over time and no one living in here any more. adobe house is finally falling apart

 

 

 

 

ibrahim showing a hand-made walking stick. I’ve always liked those columns by the way

 

 

door to manure storage room

 

 

back to istanbul, protesting government’s internet bans

 

 

with some nice people

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo shooting session for the exhibition invitation card, 17mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sis

 

 

uncle necati

 

 

enough already?

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