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Photographs that “trap” the soul of Turkey

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A circumstantial photographer or an artist waiting for a chance to wake up from a deep sleep?

The Turkish man Nejdet Duzen hasn’t always dreamt of becoming a photographer and he would never have started taking photographs if it hadn’t been for his son. When his son presented him with a camera in 2006 it didn’t even cross his mind that a few years later his photographs would appear round the world. His work can be seen on social networks and many people admire and share his photographs.

Still, it is not a coincidence. He is a real hunter who “captures” the beauty of towns and villages in Turkey. Armed with his camera, he is constantly in search of new “prey” and you can see that his country possesses beauty waiting to be immortalized.

Temple of Apollon, Antalya

Temple of Apollon, Antalya

Duzen’s photographs are like exotic food that excites the senses and will not leave you indifferent. Playing with colours and light is his passion. He adores water and mainly captures small boats that float lonely on the surface. Still, it is water or water illusion that you can see in many of his photographs, even in those made in city squares round Turkey.

Republic Square, Izmir

Republic Square, Izmir

The reason for this is that Duzen loves to use the so-called HDR technique of shooting and processing images (HDR stands for “High dynamic range imaging”).

Specially for Balkon3, Duzen reveals his favorite places for taking photographs in Turkey, the way this art has changed him as a person, as well as his desire to visit Macedonia.

– I started working with photography in 2006 when my son gave me a digital camera. Since then, I have been developing my skills, mostly by photographing landscapes and historical sites. Since I discovered “Flicker” as a web service and online community, I have met with many photographers from around the world who are now my friends – says Duzen for Balkon 3.

Nejdet Düzen

Nejdet Düzen

“Flicker” is where he first heard of HDR technique, which is now his obsession because with its help he can play with light and colour.

He claims that the moment of photographing is often spontaneous, but to get to that point you need a lot of patience. Here you can see the similarity with hunters, however, when his “weapons” make a “click” the pray he catches continues to live and amaze people. It is no secret that one of the favorite places where he spends a long time with his camera is the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire.

– Ephesus is very close to my home in Izmir and has amazing pieces of Roman architecture that I love to photograph – he says.

Celcius Library,Ephesus

Celcius Library,Ephesus

Historical sites are his favorites, and in his photographs you can often see the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The day he began taking photographs was the beginning of the end of life as he knew it.

– Photography completely changed me as a person. Through it I learned how to see the world. Now I can see even the tiniest detail. Without photography it would be harder to notice suffering in the world, the camera captures the starvation of children in some countries, the abuses that some people suffer and many more things. Without photography we would be more introverted people, says he.

Izmir

Izmir

Besides Turkey, where he most often takes photographs, Duzen has also worked in Greece. He loves the Balkans and the culture of the peoples who live on the peninsula.

– Macedonia, Greece and Turkey share a common history. Therefore they have a similar culture and similar lifestyle. I believe that the people of this region love each other – says he with obvious pleasure.

He noticed that during a visit to Greece and the island of Lesbos.

– Art such as photography brings people closer together – says Duzen for his interview with Balkon 3 hoping that he will visit Macedonia very soon.

Ayvalik

Ayvalik

Until then, he left us a gift to remember him by – his five favourite photos of the temple of Apollo in Antalya, of the magical town of Ayvalik, the library at Ephesus and of course two photographs of his native Izmir.

(A.M.)

 

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