... I am happy with what I’ve done. This is what I was hoping for after two years of hard work: Trendiness and originality of the idea, the utmost concern when picking the objects, making every visitor happy and satisfied.
... Well, I don’t know why I’m doing it but I enjoy a lot when I’m doing it.
... For example, when you are writing a book, it’s better not to know why you write it until the end. It’s much more important to do the thing you do with instincts and be happy. I caressed this idea only, instinctively.
Orhan Pamuk - from his interview on “Museum of Innocence” at 5N1K presented by Cuneyt Ozdemir
Vision requires distance.
I like to take pictures of the city and lots of things about urban way of living; architecture, perspective, geometries of buildings, their symmetries or asymmetries, textures, city and its relationship with people, desperation, loneliness, ups and downs and traces of people in this relationship... That’s why I am trying to put forward this common and ordinary but to me the very exciting part of the daily life of cities or places I’m familiar with, from my point of view instead of trying to catch the decisive moment in photography as most people do.
Here is a captured moment! Meals, roads, teas and coffees we had, places we’ve been... Only a camera is needed to catch the moment. But what happens to moments that cannot be captured? When the time comes one day shall we consider them “not lived”?
Now, I remembered Antonino Paraggi, the hero of a story by Italo Calvino. Antonino used to warn his friends who spent
from an article by Hasmet Babaoglu
their Sundays by photographing by saying: “There’s a thin line between the reality photographed since we find it beautiful and the reality we find beautiful only because of that is photographed.”
He was afraid to say “Wow, how nice, it has to be photographed!” as this could easily let us assume the moments that are not photographed have never been lived at all.
The answer most of us give to the question “Why do we take photos?” is probably “to remember”. Can it be -as one of my teachers has pointed out- to forget?