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Mehmet İlbaysözü

Freelance Photographer

 

I was born in 1976, in Adıyaman, south-east region of Turkey. I live in Adana which is one of the biggest cities in Turkey, also takes place in the southern part of the country.

I left my city for university education when I was 18 and moved to Istanbul where I started photography in 1995.

I graduated from Marmara University, Economy Faculty, Business Administration, then joined the army for compulsary service for eight months.

After I was done with the army, in 1999, I worked as freelance photographer until 2002 for hotels and as accountant between 2002-2003, but never gave up documenting life with my camera.

Finally, I quit my accountant position in 2003 and left for USA to work on cruiseships as photographer. It was the lifetime opportunity for me. Since then, I have been doing photography.

I mostly focus on communication, media, human conditions, fragile nature and I am trying say my words through my lens.

I have been photographing the damage that the politicians and local administrators cause, on my city, Adana. Unplanned urbanization, ruined fields, changing population, migration from Syria and Alevi culture in Turkey, are my everyday subjects.

I take every opportunity to visit Paris and work on photographing my Paris since 2009.

Since I am from a boiling part of the world, in seeking loneliness, I have been photographing Iceland’s isolated life and nature. I already planned to spend a month there on January 2018, when the days are dark.

I photographed Alaska’s fragile and untouched nature, for three summers.

I had an opportunity to walk the Panama Canal from Atlantic to Pacific to document the ship that I was working on as photographer.

I circled the world twice by ship and my lifetime goal is to cross the world from South Pole to North Pole on foot and bicycle.

I speak English fluently and French enough to get along with people.

I am married and we have one daughter. For now, we reside in Adana for our 10 year-old daughter’s education and do commercial photgraphy for living. But I constantly travel for my projects.

For me, making photograph is a complicated process, it's much more than producing an image. A photograph must travel through all the experiences, thoughts and feelings before it comes to one's vision. It's all about seeing things but not only with eyes, but through mind and heart. Mindless eyes produce only imagery, not photographs.  Making a photograph requires responsibility, honesty, empathy and respect. Because photographer is a bridge between the subject and the audience. Even though photograph is considered to be objective, each photograph is as objective as its photographer. In another saying, each photograph is a reflection of its photographer, so it is subjective. Therefore, photographer must know her/himself first. She/he must respect all beings and cultures, look in different perspectives, be unbiased, unprejudiced and leave her/his identity aside. She/he must even give up when necessary. Because respect comes first. Greatmaster Henri Cartier Bresson’s quote is my guide on this matter: "-Photography is nothing, it's life that interests me.-“

I keep asking myself who we are. Who is our family? Who are our friends? How many people do we know? How different are we from each other and what seperates us? Colors, languages, religions, borders, passports, walls...? How far have we travelled? How much different flavours have we tasted? Are all our experiences enough to get to know the world? Are we wise enough to speak of everything? Are we good enough to judge others? What is wrong, what is right? Where and when? What is the real wealth? Money, land, a good job, salary, family, kids, parents, friends, knowledge, education, health...? Can we create our comfort zones and put borders? Is that really possible to live such isolated while others suffering? Are we out of their reach forever? Is that possible to create one world for all beings? I believe that the world will start to be a better place once we start thinking of these.

 

Personal Exhibitions

2000 – First personal exhibiton – Sabancı Gallery, Adana - Turkey

2010 – Portraits of the World – Anatolian Cultural Centre, Paris - France

2011 – Glaciers - Alaska’s Ancient Beauties - 75. Year Art Gallery, Adana - Turkey

2011 – Whirling Dervishes – Andre Malraux Cultural Centre, Paris - France

2012 – Whirling Dervishes - Le Mans Culture and Congress Palace, Le Mans - France

2012 – Portraits of the World - 75. Year Art Gallery, Adana - Turkey

2015 – Panama Canal - Fotoğrafya, Adana - Turkey

 

 

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    Mehmet İlbaysözü

    Serbest Fotoğrafçı

    1976 yılında Adıyaman‘ın Gölbaşı ilçesinde doğdu. 1994-1998 yılları arasında Marmara Üniversitesi İ.İ.B.F. İşletme Bölümü‘nde lisans eğitimini tamamladı. İstanbul‘daki öğrencilik yıllarında fotoğrafa başladı.

    İlk fotoğraf derslerini ustam dediği Adanalı fotoğrafçı Vahap Akşen‘den aldı.

    Üniversiteden sonra bir süre muhasebecilik yapan İlbaysözü, 2003‘te istifa ederek yolcu gemilerinde fotoğrafçılık yapmak üzere Amerika‘ya gitti.

    Yeni işi sayesinde tüm dünyayı dolaşma fırsatı buldu. Şimdiye kadar nerdeyse 50 kadar ülkeye seyahat etti.

    Her yıl, fotoğraf projeleri için geziler planlamaktadır. Son fotoğraf gezisini 2015‘te İzlanda‘ya yaptı.

    Amacı dünyayı daha fazla gezip tanımak, öğrenmek olan fotoğrafçı, sadece bir dünyamız olduğu gerçeğinden yola çıkarak, tüm canlıların bir biçimde barış ve saygı içerisinde birlikte yaşamanın yolunu bulması gerektiğine inanmaktadır. Bu nedenle yaptığı tüm işler “Tek Dünya“ düşüncesinin etrafında biçimlenmektedir.

    2009‘dan bu yana düzenli olarak Paris‘e seyahat ederek bu şehirle ilgili bir fotoğraf portfolyosu oluşturmakta, 2010‘dan bu yana Anadolu Alevi kültürünü fotoğraflamaktadır.

    Hiç bitmeyen, günlük konusu ise yaşadığı şehir Adana‘dır.

    Çukurova Üniversitesi, Gazi Üniversitesi ve Akdeniz Üniversitesi’nde kişisel fotoğraf sunumları ve fotoğraf üzerine konuşmalar yaptı.

     

    Fotoğraf üzerine düşüncelerini şu sözlerle ifade etmektedir:

    “Fotoğraf çekmek sorumluluk, dürüstlük, empati ve saygı gerektirir. Çünkü fotoğrafçı, konusuyla izleyici arasındaki köprüdür. Fotoğrafın objektif olduğu düşünülse de her fotoğraf, fotoğrafçısı kadar objektiftir. Diğer bir deyişle her fotoğraf, fotoğrafçısının yansımasıdır, yani subjektiftir. Bundan dolayı fotoğrafçı öncelikle kendini tanımalıdır. Tüm varlıklara ve kültürlere saygı duymalı, farklı açılardan bakmalı, tarafsız ve önyargısız olmalı ve kimliğini kenara bırakabilmelidir. Hatta gerektiğinde fotoğraftan bile vazgeçebilmelidir. Çünkü saygı her şeyden önce gelir. Büyük usta Henri Cartier Bresson‘un sözü bu konuda benim rehberimdir: -Fotoğrafçılık hiçbir şeydir, beni ilgilendiren hayatın kendisidir.-

    2010‘dan bu yana eşiyle birlikte kendi fotoğraf ofisinde çalışmakta ve özel gün fotoğrafçılığı yapmaktadır. Bunun yanı sıra farklı mesleklerden fotoğraf heveslilerine fotoğraf koçluğu yapmaktadır.

    Seramik sanatçısı ve fotoğrafçı Fatma İlbaysözü ile evlidir ve Zeynep adında bir kızı vardır.

     

    Kişisel Sergiler

    2000 – İlk kişisel fotoğraf sergisi – Sabancı Galerisi, Adana - Türkiye

    2010 – Dünyadan Portreler – Anadolu Kültür Merkezi, Paris - Fransa

    2011 – Buzullar – Alaska‘nın Antik Güzelleri - 75. Yıl Sanat Galerisi, Adana - Türkiye

    2011 – Semazenler – Andre Malraux Kültür Merkezi, Paris - Fransa

    2012 – Semazenler - Le Mans Kültür ve Kongre Sarayı, Le Mans - Fransa

    2012 – Portraits of the World - 75. Yıl Sanat Galerisi, Adana - Türkiye

    2015 – Panama Kanalı - Fotoğrafya, Adana – Türkiye

     

    Atölye Sergileri

    2012 – AFAD-Mehmet İlbaysözü Makro Atölyesi Fotoğraf Sergisi – AFAD Kasım Gülek Fotoğraf Sanat Galerisi

    2015 – Saimbeyli Kiraz Çiçeği Festivali Fotoğraf Sergisi – Saimbeyli, Adana

    2016 – İzlanda Fotoğraf Sergisi - 75. Yıl Sanat Galerisi, Adana - Türkiye

    Mehmet İlbaysözü

    Photographe freelance

    Je suis né en 1976, à Adıyaman, dans la région sud-est de la Turquie. Je vis à Adana qui est l'une des plus grandes villes de Turquie, a également lieu dans la partie sud du pays.

    J'ai quitté ma ville pour l'enseignement universitaire à l'âge de 18 ans et j'ai déménagé à Istanbul où j'ai commencé la photographie en 1995.

    Je suis diplômé de l'Université de Marmara, de la Faculté d'économie, de l'administration des entreprises, puis j'ai rejoint l'armée pour le service obligatoire pendant huit mois.

    Après avoir fini avec l'armée, en 1999, j'ai travaillé comme photographe indépendant jusqu'en 2002 pour les hôtels et comme comptable entre 2002-2003, mais je n'ai jamais abandonné la vie documentaire avec ma caméra.

    Enfin, j'ai quitté mon poste de comptable en 2003 et je suis parti pour que les États-Unis travaillent sur des croisières en tant que photographe. C'était l'occasion à vie pour moi. Depuis, j'ai fait de la photographie.

    Je me concentre principalement sur la communication, les médias, les conditions humaines, la nature fragile et j'essaie de dire mes mots à travers mes lentilles.

    J'ai photographié les dégats causés par les politiciens et les administrateurs locaux, sur ma ville, Adana. L'urbanisation non planifiée, les zones ruinées, l'évolution de la population, la migration de la Syrie et la culture Alevi en Turquie sont mes sujets de tous les jours.

    Je profite de toutes les occasions pour visiter Paris et travailler sur la photographie de mon Paris depuis 2009.

    Puisque je viens d'une partie bouillante du monde, en cherchant la solitude, j'ai photographié la vie et la nature isolées de l'Islande. J'ai déjà prévu de passer un mois là-bas en janvier 2018, quand les jours sont sombres.

    J'ai photographié la nature fragile et intacte de l'Alaska pendant trois étés.

    J'ai eu l'occasion de marcher le Canal de Panama d'Atlantique vers le Pacifique pour documenter le navire sur lequel je travaillais en tant que photographe.

    J'ai parcouru le monde deux fois par bateau et mon objectif à vie est de traverser le monde du pôle Sud au pôle Nord à pied et à vélo.

    Je parle anglais couramment et assez français pour m'entendre avec les gens.

    Je suis marié et nous avons une fille. Pour l'instant, nous résidons à Adana pour l'éducation de notre fille de 10 ans et faisons une photothèque commerciale pour vivre. Mais je voyage constamment pour mes projets.

    Pour moi, faire de la photographie est un processus compliqué, c'est beaucoup plus que produire une image. Une photographie doit parcourir toutes les expériences, les pensées et les sentiments avant qu'il n'atteigne sa vision. Il s'agit de voir les choses, mais pas seulement avec les yeux, mais par l'esprit et le cœur. Les yeux sans esprit ne produisent que des images, pas des photographies. Faire une photo exige la responsabilité, l'honnêteté, l'empathie et le respect. Parce que le photographe est un pont entre le sujet et le public. Même si la photographie est considérée comme objective, chaque photographie est aussi objective que son photographe. Dans un autre mot, chaque photo reflète son photographe, donc c'est subjectif. Par conséquent, le photographe doit tout d'abord le connaître. Il / elle doit respecter tous les êtres et cultures, regarder dans des perspectives différentes, être impartial, sans préjugés et laisser son identité à côté. Il / elle doit même abandonner le cas échéant. Parce que le respect vient en premier. La citation du grand maître Henri Cartier Bresson est mon guide sur cette question: "La photographie n'est rien, c'est la vie qui m'intéresse."

    Je me demande toujours qui nous sommes. Qui est notre famille? Qui sont nos amis? Combien de personnes savons-nous? Dans quelle mesure nous sommes différents et quels se séparent-ils? Couleurs, langues, religions, frontières, passeports, murs ...? Jusqu'où avons-nous parcouru? Combien de saveurs différentes avons-nous goûtées? Toutes nos expériences sont-elles suffisantes pour connaître le monde? Est-ce que nous sommes assez sages pour parler de tout? Sommes-nous assez bons pour juger les autres? Qu'est-ce qui ne va pas, qu'est-ce qui ne va pas? Où et quand? Quelle est la richesse réelle? L'argent, la terre, un bon travail, le salaire, la famille, les enfants, les parents, les amis, les connaissances, l'éducation, la santé ...? Peut-on créer nos zones de confort et mettre des frontières? Est-ce vraiment possible de vivre aussi isolé alors que d'autres souffrent? Sommes-nous hors de portée pour toujours? Est-il possible de créer un monde pour tous les êtres? Je crois que le monde va commencer à être un meilleur endroit une fois que nous commencerons à penser à ces derniers.

     

    Expositions personnelles

    2000 - Première exposition personnelle - Galerie Sabancı, Adana - Turquie

    2010 - Portraits du monde - Centre culturel d'Anatolie, Paris - France

    2011 - Glaciers - Les anciennes beauté de l'Alaska - 75. Year Art Gallery, Adana - Turquie

    2011 - Derviches tourbillonnaires - Centre culturel Andre Malraux, Paris - France

    2012 - Derviche tourbillonnaire - Le Mans Culture and Congress Palace, Le Mans - France

    2012 - Portraits du monde - 75. Year Art Gallery, Adana - Turquie

    2015 - Canal de Panama - Fotoğrafya, Adana - Turquie

    Mehmet İlbaysözü

    Freelance Photographer

    I was born in 1976, in Adıyaman, south-east region of Turkey. I live in Adana which is one of the biggest cities in Turkey, also takes place in the southern part of the country.

    I left my city for university education when I was 18 and moved to Istanbul where I started photography in 1995.

    I graduated from Marmara University, Economy Faculty, Business Administration, then joined the army for compulsary service for eight months.

    After I was done with the army, in 1999, I worked as freelance photographer until 2002 for hotels and as accountant between 2002-2003, but never gave up documenting life with my camera.

    Finally, I quit my accountant position in 2003 and left for USA to work on cruiseships as photographer. It was the lifetime opportunity for me. Since then, I have been doing photography.

    I mostly focus on communication, media, human conditions, fragile nature and I am trying say my words through my lens.

    I have been photographing the damage that the politicians and local administrators cause, on my city, Adana. Unplanned urbanization, ruined fields, changing population, migration from Syria and Alevi culture in Turkey, are my everyday subjects.

    I take every opportunity to visit Paris and work on photographing my Paris since 2009.

    Since I am from a boiling part of the world, in seeking loneliness, I have been photographing Iceland’s isolated life and nature. I already planned to spend a month there on January 2018, when the days are dark.

    I photographed Alaska’s fragile and untouched nature, for three summers.

    I had an opportunity to walk the Panama Canal from Atlantic to Pacific to document the ship that I was working on as photographer.

    I circled the world twice by ship and my lifetime goal is to cross the world from South Pole to North Pole on foot and bicycle.

    I speak English fluently and French enough to get along with people.

    I am married and we have one daughter. For now, we reside in Adana for our 10 year-old daughter’s education and do commercial photgraphy for living. But I constantly travel for my projects.

    For me, making photograph is a complicated process, it's much more than producing an image. A photograph must travel through all the experiences, thoughts and feelings before it comes to one's vision. It's all about seeing things but not only with eyes, but through mind and heart. Mindless eyes produce only imagery, not photographs.  Making a photograph requires responsibility, honesty, empathy and respect. Because photographer is a bridge between the subject and the audience. Even though photograph is considered to be objective, each photograph is as objective as its photographer. In another saying, each photograph is a reflection of its photographer, so it is subjective. Therefore, photographer must know her/himself first. She/he must respect all beings and cultures, look in different perspectives, be unbiased, unprejudiced and leave her/his identity aside. She/he must even give up when necessary. Because respect comes first. Greatmaster Henri Cartier Bresson’s quote is my guide on this matter: "-Photography is nothing, it's life that interests me.-“

    I keep asking myself who we are. Who is our family? Who are our friends? How many people do we know? How different are we from each other and what seperates us? Colors, languages, religions, borders, passports, walls...? How far have we travelled? How much different flavours have we tasted? Are all our experiences enough to get to know the world? Are we wise enough to speak of everything? Are we good enough to judge others? What is wrong, what is right? Where and when? What is the real wealth? Money, land, a good job, salary, family, kids, parents, friends, knowledge, education, health...? Can we create our comfort zones and put borders? Is that really possible to live such isolated while others suffering? Are we out of their reach forever? Is that possible to create one world for all beings? I believe that the world will start to be a better place once we start thinking of these.

     

    Personal Exhibitions

    2000 – First personal exhibiton – Sabancı Gallery, Adana - Turkey

    2010 – Portraits of the World – Anatolian Cultural Centre, Paris - France

    2011 – Glaciers - Alaska’s Ancient Beauties - 75. Year Art Gallery, Adana - Turkey

    2011 – Whirling Dervishes – Andre Malraux Cultural Centre, Paris - France

    2012 – Whirling Dervishes - Le Mans Culture and Congress Palace, Le Mans - France

    2012 – Portraits of the World - 75. Year Art Gallery, Adana - Turkey

    2015 – Panama Canal - Fotoğrafya, Adana - Turkey