Salen (texto y fotos) de una revista de diseño y fotografía muy especial que
desconocía y hace poco cayó en mis manos:
y de allí tomo además esta entrevista a la fotógrafa, que ahora tendrá 18,
este número de la revista (Bak 07) que tuvo como tema dream...:
Elif Karakoç <http://elifkarakoc.deviantart.com>
Our younger guest artist, 16 years old Turkish photographer is on Bak
Magazine whiz her interesting answers to our question and impressive
Since when have you interesting in photography? Are you studying it?
I start it with the camera that my parents bought for me in 2004 to take
memoire pictures with the same attention and enthusiasm I have for painting.
Other than that, I don´t have an education in photography.
A good number of artist, including photographers, think that photography is
not art. With the advent of digital technology, this debate is affirmed. The
French photographer, Elliot Erwitt says: "For me, photography is an art of
observation", and he adds, "A photograph is finding an interesting part of
an ordinary setting." What is your take on this issue?
People love to capture the moment and freezing their good and pleasant
moments in their lives. This is why everyone take pictures. I mean it´s not
hard to take pictures.
For me there are two types of photographs. One is "memoire photographs"
taking to capture the moment by everyone and anyone. The other "photography"
is about instances that someone with a power to see and creativity for
aesthetic purposes. To be able to arrange the objective , the colors and the
clarity, setting a balanced composition and appeal to the feelings of the
audience. A photographer brings this aesthetic concern even into a memoir
A person with aesthetic concern is an indication that she/he is not
ordinary. An artlover, interested in painting, music, theatre, with a
certain cultural background. Anyone who releases the shutter is not an
artist. In the same way, every picture taken cannot be a piece of art. A
photographer taken on creativity, aesthetic, the objective -the
composition-knowledge on coloring reveals the artist in that person.
Accordingly, we can see that photography is not an art branch, but not
everyone can take pictures.
In Turkey and around the world, can you tell us about the photographer that
you like and follow? Why do they appeal to you?
The person I always respected and brought photography to Turkey, Ara G*ller,
Koray Birand, who takes wonderful advertisement and fashion photographs and
whose colors and models I admire. Gottfried Helnwein whose frames I follow
religiously... The Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco, with his fantastic
ideas and extraordinary fictions. And Rengim M*tevellio*lu, my dear friend,
who is 16, who succeeded a lot in photography despite her young age.
Photography is the first stop for a lot of people in the movies business.
Are you interesting in cinema? Are there directors or country styles that
you particularly prefer?
Cinema is one the tree most important things in my life. I notice every
detail and joke when watching a movie. I pay so much attention that
sometimes I miss the main story. Sometimes I phase out in one scene. I
cannot believe the area depth and the colors. I get carried away with the
setting. I get stuck on the rhythm of music. I always think of something
creative when I watch a movie. On top of that, most of the photographs that
I took were inspired by my emotions when I watched a movie. I could have won
an Oscar if my priority wasn´t photography!
I love French movies. It´s as there´s a rule in France saying "In our
movies, colors, we always be rich, the background always blurred and the
music always perfect"... I´ve seen a documentary on Stanley Kubrick a while
ago, and I found out that Kubrick grew to love cinema thanks to photography
and that he sold his first photographs to "Look" magazine when he was 16.
Then I said; "Wow, then I still have a chance to become a director. It´s not
too late for anything." You never know, maybe I sell my next photographs to
Bak Magazine in a few months :-).
To understand the jokes in a movie makes smile unintentionally. That´s why I
love long and insignificant dialogues, and the cliché scenes. Hence, I love
and respect Quentin Tarantino. For example, the infamous trunk scenes in
Charlie Brown, Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs. Or the famous feet scenes which
made me love my own feet and even photograph them.
Once, I was planning on making huge hands with paste, put them on the hands
of my model and take such pictures. And I would do that. Up until Michael
Gondry turned out to be faster than I. I was upset at first, but then I
acknowledged that there is a very successful director who works in the way
that I also like with an immense imagination. I was not that disappointed
after Eternal Sunshine thought, because I wasn´t taking pictures back then.
I know Michael Gondry now, and he makes movies in the exact same way that I
do if I could. He tells me to be inspired by my dreams and take pictures.
We see that you use the wear-out effect either by digital interventions or
color arrangements. Sometimes, it is obvious that the past steps out in the
figures and the objects to your frames. Can we says that this originals from
special interesting in or craving for the past?
The longing for the past is easy to explain. A world that´s not too dirty,
with a healthy ozone layer. Where people don´t spit on streets, where they
not kill each other because of a look. Good songs but crappy recording,
black and white movies, phones with huge handsets, houses smelling of mould
and humidity, carriages, phonographs, more delicious vegetables, Alaska
Frigo, the Melek gums, televisions with dual color, Mustafa Kemal Atat*rk,
and a lot more who I couldn´t see, that I couldn´t taste or smell or hear...
I walk into a second hand store and look around for hours. I see a dusty
mirror. Who knows who looked into that mirror before, whose images has
recorded in it? I look at a frame with a broken glass. I wonder whose
photograph it used to hold. Where is that person now?
I throw a longing look at old records. Who had such great taste in music? I
look at old books, smelling them. I feel that "old odor" deep inside. Yellow
pages, folded pages...
And old is Istanbul... I jump on the tram in Beyou*lu with my wooden
suitcase. Then suddenly I get on the ferry. Who knows where I'm going. I
don't know, it was such a long time ago...
If you had a limitless budget, what kind of project would you have created?
Who would you work with, which models would you prefer to use?
I would want to capture surprising moments. Things that noon could dare to
do before. A girl swimming in the air, a boy walking on water. A little man
trying to flip the pages of a huge book, a woman in a red dress jumping off
of a tall building. Even one minute with Eugenio Recuenco, who realized what
I cannot even start to think about, would sufficient to me.
I have to have lots of models with high mallards, wavy red hair, white
skinned and green eyes. Also I have to have a few twins and triplets.
You had your first exhibition experience last month in Istanbul Street
Style. Can you tell us how you felt when you got the offer and day of the
Now that I´m 16 and I´ve never been involved with something like that
before, I was really excited and happy. Istanbul Street Style turned out to
be a turning point for me. I felt like I was socializing more with every
passing moment and that I shared my photographs with more people. My
photographs hanging on those stone walls and people going over to talk about
The best thing was walking around with my camera and taking pictures of the
people talking about in front of my photographs. It was one of most perfect
moments of my 16 years in the life (including the 5 that I cannot remember).
I want to experience that every day.
You are just 16 and you have a long life ahead of you where you can perform
your art. Where do you see yourself in the future? What are your
expectations for life?
I am in my studio with high ceilings, green walls and inlaid floor, waiting
for my base paint to dry on my canvas. I get bored and go to my dark room to
print the photographs that I took a few days ago. Then I hang them on a rope
with latches, I place the second base of my canvas while waiting for the
photographs to dry. I grab my camera and my yellow-paged notebook to dive
into the old streets of the city. I draw a few cats, I take a picture of the
little blonde girl who smiles at the old man selling balloons. I eat
tiramisu in a café and go back to my studio. And what do I else? My cat
spilled all the turpentine on the floor. The brushes, the paint are all on
the floor. I put my favourite song on and mop the floors, pick up the mess
of colors. And suddenly a wave of inspiration takes over me. I paint on my
canvas the little blonde girl flying because of all the balloons in her hand
that she cannot handle. The girl with a green velvet dress, lace socks and a
The theme of the 8th issue of Bak is "Me". What does it bring it to your
mind? What would you say if you had to define yourself in three words or one
Emotion, nostalgia, hiccup.
Aquí una lista de links de fotógrafos y artistas visuales (very interesting
stuff) que luego colgaré en algún hueco donde quepa, porque hechiz... cada
día se parece más a mi habitación: Fotografía y diseño: interesting links
(Es posible que las fotos salieran 3 o muchas más veces repetidas: sorry, es
culpa de flickr...)
Espero que te haya gustado.
Su linda, recibe mi abrazo.