HIPA The Challenge 2016 - 2017
Recognizing an unknown culture
My project, called Gypsies, began with this question in
1999 and has become my passion.
With an invitation to a friends
wedding, I was allowed the oportunity to witness the inside workings of
the secretive Gypsy lifestyle, I soon realized I had a cultural
curiosity for the Gypsy life.
The aim of this project is to
introduce an obscure culture known as the Gypsies to a wider audience. I
have gained the trust and friendship of the Gypsies which I believe will
help to unveil this secretive society. I have devoted much time to
studying the Gypsy culture and would like to capture not only images,
but also verbal dialog as well as traditional Gypsy music to enhance the
experience of the viewer.
I think this culture can teach us a lot. Gypsies seem to
hold on to their freedom, they know how to be content with simple
things and the beauty that nature provides. Their close-knit family and
community structure provides them with a sense of security. It would be
a good thing for the rest of us to become acquainted with such a culture.
Henna Ceremony, Istanbul 2011
Elderly women of the community put henna into the hands
of the young groom and bride. While young couple watch them under the
red cover, community members celebrate them.
Musician, Bozdoğan 2008
musicians harass the guests with flutes in a local festival. The aim is
to get the tips and go for a moment before. Taken in Bozdogan on 2008
Under The Bridge, Izmir 2008
A barn under
the bridge with an ad poster over it. The poster not only protects the
wall, but it also changes the ambiance. Providing transportation with a
Romani poses in front of the poster on his way back from work.
girl waiting for Hıdrellez, İzmir, 2008
celebrated as the day on which Prophets Hizir (Al-Khidr) and Ilyas (Elijah)
met on earth. It is the most important cultural event of the Romanis.
Commencing with the burning of a fire on the evening of May 5th, the
celebrations continue with different events until the next evening. The
girl from the neighborhood is all dressed up for the celebrations and is
waiting for her friends.
the edge of Tigris, Hasankeyf, Batman, 2010
along the banks of the River Dicle (Tigris). After traveling all day,
they are preparing for dinner for the camp they set up along the river.
his son. İstanbul, 2011
his son in front of recycling materials. So hard to find permanent jobs
for Gypsies. Parents should continue to gather in order to live. Taken
in Istanbul on 2011.
party with friends. İstanbul, 2011
of a gypsy's wedding in the ghetto. Different but exuberant life. Bride
is dancing under the henna tray; friends accompany her by singing.
chatting at the door. İstanbul, 2011
are conversation in front of the door in traditional clothes in the
morning in a gypsy district
photographers. İstanbul, 2011
mother and sister are taking memorabilia photos of the bride. My aim
was to take portrait images of the bride inside the house. But this was
more meaningful image.
with the bride. Bulgaria 2016
Father in law
and mother in law, they are doing the first dance with the bride. This
also showing ritual the bride to the guests. They are dancinf together
while passing in front of guests
İstanbul May 1, 2010
May 1st Labor
Day celebrations, legalized after a long-winded struggle. Prohibited
during the military regime, the celebrations were continued for some
time despite the bans and unpleasant consequences. Once the government
lifted the ban in 2010, mass celebrations came to take place once again
at Taksim Square, which constitutes a symbol for May 1st celebrations.
During the rallies in 1977, 37 people were gunned down or trampled to
death. The perpetrators were never identified or caught.
In the Photo,
union representatives are walking toward to Taksim Square with the
public to celebrate together May 1st after 33 years.
Felt Master, Balıkesir, 2013
manufacturing the traditional felt fabric at his workshop. After sheeps
wool is combed in the machine, it is neatly placed on the cloth on the
floor and is transformed into a coarse fabric by being manually squashed.
In addition to the cloak known as kepenek shepherds wear in the
mountains to protect their bodies against the cold, some traditional
folkloric garments are also made of this felt. As machines increasingly
replace traditional production, the masters that make felt will not be
carried into the future.
2014 , Circumcised child
decorated with the handicrafts a mother made over the years. Some may
have been passed down from her mother or even other ancestors. The
culture and work of a certain period decorates the wall for a special
day. In front of it is portrait photograph that will remain a lovely
souvenir for years to come.