Interview: Buke Serifoglu

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a 19-year-old dilettante who often dreams about being the designer of the most interesting lighting and bookcase units. Currently I live in Istanbul and I am studying industrial engineering.

Did you go to school to study photography?

Not yet. I am a self taught amateur for now.

When did you first become interested in photography?

I became interested in photography when I saw my father’s Canon AE-1. I was 13 then. I guess I was carried away by the antique and -somehow- melancholic sense of an analog camera.

How do you find your subjects?

Books, poems, short films and TV news are my primary inspirations. I find dark, tragic, gory and disturbing things inspirational. Using irrelevant things together to create new perceptions towards daily life subjects is the basis of my conceptual style.

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

I avoid using Photoshop for the sake of the authenticity of photography; therefore I never make major changes on my photos. I generally play with contrast, saturation and –rarely- color balance, but again, within reasonable bounds.

What are the ingredients for success with photography?

Imagination is a must in my opinion. We are not born creative; but interestingly enough, the most impressive creativity skills are developed when you are bored to death. You just need to visualize your subconscious if you are a conceptual photographer. The rest has to do with technical details.

Where is the most spectacular place you’ve ever been?

Spain in general, Barcelona in particular.

What’s your dream photography project?

There is this one project I have been thinking about for years which includes bald and skinny people shot with seafood. I truly hope that I will manage to shoot a series of photos exactly like the ones my mind about this people&seafood subject.

Do you remember your first photography sale?

I always give away when someone likes my photos. Never sold a piece!

What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?

Although I am not experienced enough to give advice, I can always say that one has to follow his/her own instincts and concentrate on himself/herself to be unique as an artist. Experimenting with your ideas and the mental images in your mind is never enough!

Is there anything else you would like to say to HappyPhoton readers?

I loathe all the photos of the Bosphorus framed with Ortakoy Mosque! They’re all excruciatingly boring!

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