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Hi Eylül, please introduce yourself.
I was born in Istanbul and lived there for 22 years until I moved to Berlin in 2012 and started to work there as a photographer. I call Vienna home since 2019. I actually started with the camera my mother gave me when I was 17. I started sharing my “experiments” online on flickr and then found myself surrounded by others who are into photography who supported me to take it more seriously so I became a photography assistant in Istanbul. Worked mostly in fashion and then also did some portraits. I am self taught. Tried to study very briefly at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin but realised it was not at all for me so I quit after less than a year.
What does analog photography mean to you? What excites / fascinates you about it?
I really love to wait for the results actually. I get so excited when I am finally about to see the results. Sometimes it takes so long for me to finish an entire roll and I even forget about the photos I had made, so finally to see them is the best feeling in the world.
In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analogue photography?
I think the fact that it is expensive is the only disadvantage. I also love the approach of taking my time (because I cannot possibly take 100 photos and decide later on which is best) so I try to make the best of the actual moment and then I feel like the photos actually end up having an even higher quality to them.
Do you concentrate on a certain topic in your work?
I do not really consciously focus on anything. It is more like a visual diary I guess, whatever gets my attention ends up being a photograph for me. But I guess it is mostly portrait and still life.
Are there (analogue) photographers who have influenced your aesthetic and approach?
Not really. I was not interested when I took up photography in actually becoming a photographer. It is something that simply happened to me. I did not really research or study art or anything like that. I do that now though,and really enjoy it but I cannot honestly say someone influenced my work. People may find it similar to some others, but I actually did not even know who they were until much much later.
Do you have certain cameras and films that you prefer to work with?
I am a Nikon person I guess 🙂
Speaking of films: What does your workflow look like?
I would absolutely love to have my own studio and dark room and do everything on my own but I do not have the resources or the time (unfortunately) to do any of that. So I mostly have to pay for the service.
What advice would you have for other photographers who are reading this interview?
Do what feels right and be as authentic as you can.
If you publish your work on Instagram: curse or blessing?
Curse. I do it but I hate it.
Which 3 photo books can you recommend / should you definitely own?
Rene Groebli (“Das Auge der Liebe”), Yoshinori Mizutani (“Tokyo Parrots”) and Torbjørn Rødland (“Confabulations”).