Faces of Turkey
Created in 2023, just before the devastating earthquake, ‘Faces of Turkey’ is a captivating documentary collection that captures people in their natural environment with minimal alteration. Unlike candid snapshots, I intentionally asked these individuals to look directly into my camera, resulting in thoughtfully composed portraits. This series fosters a connection between viewers and subjects, emphasizing our shared humanity despite cultural differences.
I use natural light and analogue post-processing techniques to enhance the photos. The in-situ background provides context while the monochrome treatment eliminates distractions, focusing on the person, their expressions and body language. Presented in timeless monochrome for consistency and flow, my aim is to create an authentic portfolio of diverse individuals.
This project celebrates our collective values: hard work, family, and mutual care. Through these photographs, viewers gain a deeper understanding of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The portfolio provokes contemplation and an increased awareness of the complexities of the human experience.
Viewers develop meaningful connections with these people, viewing them as whole individuals rather than mere subjects. These portraits allow direct eye contact, enabling emotional connections.
By sharing this portfolio, I aim to encourage empathy, acceptance, and appreciation of cultural diversity. By recognizing and valuing interactions that transcend familiar boundaries, we can cultivate a stronger sense of community. While each of us is unique, we are also undeniably similar.
Through their portraits, I invite people to share a moment with these individuals. I hope that these images move, touch and inspire people. Shaping a personality takes decades, yet it takes seconds to form an opinion about a stranger. My objective is to provide opportunities to absorb, contemplate, foster compassion and increase our awareness of the complexities that define our humanity.