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Do you want to meet me? Do you want to see my day-to-day thoughts, the fluctuations of my emotions?   Do you want to penetrate my mind?

Visual diaries have been part of artists ever since art existed on paper.  Nan Golding, Cindy Sherman and Lorna Simpson are just a few names that come to mind from the recent decades.

Initially keeping a diary felt like something I would not enjoy and perhaps I was fearful of the revelations that it potentially held for me.  Thoughts are fluid like water; they move, they evaporate or become solid.  Storing them in a diary means keeping the water at 20 degrees.

Now I cherish my diary like treasure, something I always want to have close by, an archive of my temporal existence.  Here are few pages from it.


Gezi Park

Several months ago I published a mini series of images that was inspired by the summer riots of Istanbul- resISTANBUL.  Just over a year after I wanted to share the actual images from the numerous days that thousands of people protested not only to save a small green space in the centre of urban Istanbul, but also to protect the voices of millions against a government that is getting more corrupt each day.

The images were taken with a digital camera and then converted to film to allow a complete tactile control of the printing process.  As the actual voice of a protestor is stronger than a digital signature or “like” on a social media platform, processing with analog techniques felt absolutely right for this body of work.

“All photos are accurate, none of them is the truth.”- Richard Avedon

What is the “truth”?  Doesn’t the viewer of the photograph decide what it is based on their experiences and hence that judgment is accurate for them as the only thing giving them relativity is their experience or knowledge?

If a photograph is taken during a riot, the instant the image is made, that composition, that lighting, is the truth for that photographer.  The viewer of the image, someone who may not been there in person would judge it according to the other representations of the event or the place.  The photographer, the viewer or the mediator all have the power to caption the image, metaphorically or literally and therefore the truth may get altered but the scene will remain accurate (unless the image has been manipulated to change the content).

The possible route of the quote by the photographer may be from the work he was commissioned-  In the American WestDuring this project, he photographed “the real people” on location in his portable studio using a white background.  This erased their environment and only the character and their physicality was focused on.  The personality conveyed was accurate as the subjects were captured after being asked a question.  Avedon interfered with the location by adding the white backdrop and changed the model’s mood by his shocking questions.

The quote makes sense from Avedon’s perspective, as he was not a photojournalist.  He did not use photography as a way of documenting or archiving the present in its truth however even the most impartial photographer can only hope to show a portion of the truth, at most, an accurate depiction.  In that case, I agree with Avedon as us humans fail to keep objectivity and the images we create can never be fully objective or be the truth.




Agent provocateur

Agent provocateur

No parking

No parking