Ankara-born visual artist Aydin Buyuktas moved to Istanbul in the early 2000’s, after dropping out of his tourism management studies at Turkey’s Bilkent University. He started specializing in visual effects, 3D animation and video while his interest in photography began to grow. By 2006, Buyuktas started thinking about creating visually surreal places, inspired by the science fiction books he was reading on issues like wormholes, parallel universes, gravitation and bending of space and time.
In 2012, Buyuktas entered the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University to further develop his photography. Inspired by Edwin Abbat’s “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions,” he created his first “Flatland” series, a surreal project that will immediately make you think of one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s finest performances to date. Buyuktas continued to develop his style with series such as “Parallel Universes” and “Gravity,” and just recently he released a follow-up to his initial series: “Flatland II.”
“After shooting my first series in Turkey, I couldn’t get permission to continue my series with landscape shots,” Buyuktas sais. “So I went to the United States, and I added ‘II’ to the name of these shots.” He also added that it took one month and about 10,000 miles to get all the shots he wanted. It took him two months to plan his trip, in which he traveled across four states: Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico.
Buyuktas’ surreal shots are actually collages of 18 to 20 photos, which also took an additional two months to complete. “I shot images in 45 different locations and then started making collages from images from 35 of these locations. Eventually, I chose to finalize and publish 19 of them.”
“We live in places that most of the time don’t draw our attention. But when general perceptions are demolished, new ones arise,” he said. “In my work, I aim to surprise the audience with a new and multidimensional point of view. I love to play with perception.”