Interview with Mustafa Dedeoğlu
#1 Please introduce yourself
I was born in Istanbul on February 22,1978. I have a background in engineering.
#2 How did you get interested in photography?
I started taking photos six years ago solely by my own trial-and-error efforts with no special or professional courses. Contrary to the common practices,I have not been so much engaged in watching photos, as I am used to try what has not been tried before, so it becomes possible to create some specific things.
In the early years of my photography experience, i was rather involved in fictive works, and took photos in the remote and demoded places of my loved Istanbul. Before sharing my photos through internet, i hesitantly begun to show them to some close friends and relatives. it was interesting to get surprisingly positive feedback’s just from the beginning, which encouraged me to share my works next year, 2007, in a website where the Turkish photographers gathered. my fictive works really drew attention, and it kept my enthusiasm fresh.
Later, I started sharing my photos in some other photography forums of national and foreign photographers. i can say that it was the breaking point in my life, as i became aware of the fact that the most important factor was not the technique, but the composition – the story itself. my horizon was really enlarged by watching the works of foreign photographers, whereupon i was more inclined to focus on the composition.
#3 Do you have an artistic/photographic background?
I do not get educated about photography. I try to improve all by myself with trial-and-error efforts and by doing plenty of practices.
#4 Which artist/photographer inspired your art?
Henri Cartier-Bresson is my idol for street photography. My indisputably idol for long exposure is Michael Kenna.
#5 How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph? Are you planning every step or is it always spontaneous?
If I went to the place for the first time I try to make observation before. I usually working spontaneous at street shooting but for the long exposure I especially waiting for the favorable light conditions, Even I may postpone my work.
#6 What fascinates you in places that you shoot?
I’m usually shooting alone. Nature photography is exactly a therapy for me. nature is a unique treasure.
Mother Nature is very strong (powerful), although quiet and dignified stance and her acceptance with the peace and tranquility is fascinates me while we human beings causes so much damage to her.
#7 We can see your photographs mainly in black and white, why have you chosen to present them in this form?
I believe that Black and White, for each category shooting, transforms the images become more dramatic. But I am not conservative about it. I arrange shooting settings accordingly for which toning is required for photo
#8 Could you please tell us something about your technique and creating process?
I am using Nikon d700 and d800. I prefer wide angle heavily at all types of shooting. Nikon 14-24 mm. at post processing I am using Macintosh compatible photoshop CS5 and Silver Efex for black and white conversions.
#9 Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in photography?
Plenty of practice. Even if I could not shooting observing in terms of photography, watching plenty of photo and being patient as every artist should be.
#10 What do you do in your life besides photography?
I earn my living with engineering. There is no time remaining for anther hobby or occupation except my work and photography. When I find an opportunity I am watching eastern cinema.
#11 What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?
This year , I had two personal exhibitions abroad. I intend to continue my personal exhibitions and I intend to bring out a book with little stories which consists of my selected photos in.
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