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Reality is a tale

to those who respect all beings

Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? Where is home? What is home? These have been the questions I keep asking myself for long years. I have been documenting the life around me since I started taking photographs. I can say “life” is my main subject. Wars, disputes, poverty, richness, humiliation, pain and suffering… I believe that all these are the presents of money, religion and desire power. Humankind is smart yet the foolishness of it can beat its smartness in many many ways. I traveled the world and keep traveling. Everywhere I go, I see differences, yet the similarities. We don’t have to be the same to live together. Humankind is glorifying the identities but I believe the identities are the primitive motive and must be abandoned immediately to move on to the next level. With some clothings we call flags, and lines we draw as borders, we are no more modern than our ancient ancestors. We need a new rule or we will keep suffering.

About me

I live in Turkey, in a city called Adana, located in the south part of the country where the Mediterranean ends and the Middle East starts. I started photography back in 1995 when I was studying Business Administration in Istanbul. Since then…

Adana

My home, my childhood, my youth

I live in the southern part of Turkey, in a city called Adana, located on the major migration route from east to west. Adana has been the fourth biggest city in Turkey and the economy of my city is based both on agriculture and industry. Therefore, this vivid city and fertile lands of Chukurova…

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Yuvam, çocukluğum, gençliğim

Türkiye’nin güney kesiminde, doğudan batıya ana göç yolu üzerinde bulunan Adana adlı bir şehirde yaşıyorum. Adana, Türkiye’nin dördüncü büyük şehri ve şehrimin ekonomisi hem tarıma hem de sanayiye dayanıyor. Dolayısıyla Çukurova’nın bu canlı şehri ve bereketli toprakları…

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A New Life

This work focuses on the daily life of Syrian migrants in my city, Adana. War has never made sense to me. Yet, I came to an understanding that life itself is war, as I see when I observe my environment and surroundings. Is fleeing a war enough to settle down? People, most of the time…

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Yeni Bir Hayat

Bu çalışma, şehrim Adana’daki Suriyeli göçmenlerin günlük yaşamına odaklanıyor. Bugüne kadar savaşta hiçbir mantık göremedim. Yine de çevremi ve etrafımda olan biteni gözlemlediğimde, hayatın kendisinin bir savaş olduğunu anladım. Bir savaştan kaçmak huzur bulmak için yeterli mi? İnsanlar, çoğu zaman…

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One World

Who am I?

Who are you?

Who are we?

Where is home?

What is home?

Ice Age Heritage, Alaskan Glaciers

Alaskan glaciers

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Buzul Çağının Mirası, Alaska Buzulları

Alaska’nın buzullarına bakarken sadece bugüne değil, binlerce yıl öncesinin havasına, toprağına ve suyuna da bakmış oluyoruz. ABD’nin en büyük ve en ıssız eyaletinin doğa hazinesi Buzul Körfezi Ulusal Parkı üzerinde uçakla yapılan bir keşif turu, yerkürenin bu çok eski anıtlarını bambaşka bir açıdan tanıma olanağı veriyor.

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Galleries & Projects

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Workshops & Exhibitions

Various work

Homoconcretus

Transformation of fertile farmlands into concrete infernos

War Memories of A German

A II. World War Child and His Memories Herbert Golembusch

James Dean of Aleppo

A youngling from Aleppo, Musab, on his age of 17, looking for a new life in peace

Mehmet İlbaysözü

Adana – TURKEY
mehmetilbay@yahoo.com
+90 (534) 661-9843