My love for photography started at a very young age, which I give all of the credit to my father. When I was growing up, whenever our family went anywhere—whether on a hike through the woods in Ohio, or on a trip across the country to the West Coast in our family van—my dad would take his 35mm film Canon on a multi-colored, cloth strap with us. He would shoot everything but his main focus was landscapes with perfect composition, usually on black and white film. When I first started to shoot, I learned on black and white film, so my eye and passion for that type of film is deeply rooted. When I came across Istanbul native photographer, Mustafa Dedeoglu, my little black and white lovin’ heart skipped a beat.
Dedeoglu started out six years ago the same way so many photographers start out, by the self-taught trial and error method (as did I). “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 on the Internet, I hesitantly begun to show them to some close friends and relatives. It was interesting to get surprisingly positive feedback just from the beginning,” he recalled when I talked to him. Dedeoglu receiving positive feedback on his work is no surprise—within every image, there is such an incredible amount of detail that is paired with his obvious love for his country and surroundings. “My love to Istanbul is my biggest inspiration,” he explained.
Once Dedeoglu started showing his work in 2007 on a Turkish site where other photographers gathered, he got lost of positive feedback that kept up his own enthusiasm. “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.”
In my opinion, the world is oversaturated with photographers. The ability for someone to buy a camera, shoot some photos, start a free blog, then call themselves a “photographer” is entirely way too easy. To find a photographer who uses photography as an art form, a form of expression, a way to tell a story, is few and far between. Dedeoglu is one of the few, and his work absolutely speaks for itself. Check out more of his work here.