Ozan Çelik is a young photography artist. He came from İzmir to Istanbul, turning his lens towards the City of Seven Hills. Of course, he’s from İzmir and he’s in love with his city, like all people from İzmir.However, Istanbul is not an easy city at all. Second rank will simply not do it for her. She will seduce you slowly. In fact, a person from Izmir living in Istanbul is as much from Istanbul as he is from Izmir. There are so many things that attract him, from the smell of sea to the sound of wind and inviting streets…
First, Çelik started by tracing the city. Although he is an architect by trade, he realized that he was really fond of immortalizing the things he saw. Soon after, he found himself out of the city and within life. “I’m in a period when I’m re-discovering both the city and myself,” he says. Later on, he started to shoot people, objects, products and locations. He doesn’t work as an architect, nevertheless, he shoots housing projects or hotel-like locations. He has such a passion for photography that both his mind and his archive are full of images, edits and thrills. But he mostly prefers documenting the moment.
And what’s his must in photography? “Joy,” says Çelik, “shooting a person’s relation with his environment is important for me. Because there’s a story in that relation. I try to convey that story to the viewer.”
Ozan Çelik’s compass is his excitement. That’s how he gets his bearings. And he’s not likely to stray from his path. Our final question was: What kind of city is Istanbul for a photographer?
He responds: “In the past, I used to come and go, but now I have a place here. Istanbul definitely inspires me. I’m constantly discovering. I’m in a period when I’m re-discovering both the city and myself…”
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