Interview with Caglar Tahiroglu

by Friday, July 27, 2012

Hello Caglar, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I’m thinking about an installation project where I can use my photography with textures and music, making it more 3D.


Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been a photographer?

My home is wherever I lay my head! Currently home is Istanbul. I have been photographer for 3 years.


How would you describe your style?

I try to work in different styles but there are some common points. My medium is analogue photography with abstract, symbolic qualities, based on feelings, irrational drives…


How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?

At first I was making descriptive photos, I was trying to transform what I see. Now I try to follow my unconscious mind, trying to transform what I feel. I’m interested to see how my mind filters the world.


In general, during a session, how many pics would you say you take to find “the right one”?

It depends, really. Sometimes I can waste a whole roll of film and sometimes I take one photo and it is the right one.


Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?

Psychoanalysis inspired me the most. Carl Gustav Jung made me discover a world of collective mind and D.W. Winnicott made me understand the importance of creation in life.


What type of camera do you shoot with?

Mostly with Canon Ae-1,Holga GN and disposable camera.


Which one item of equipment would you say is the most important to you?

Film is very important. It needs the perfect iso to give what I would like to obtain. I like grainy results.


Do you have a favorite walk around lens?

I love plastic lenses!


What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?

I would love to have a 120 film scanner.


Do you rely on lighting (natural, or artificial), or do you rely on dark-room/computer manipulation? 

I rely on dark room techniques; I never use any computer manipulation. I’m interested in raw, almost primitive material.


The first photographer that comes to your mind in front of the camera?

Diana Arbus and young photographer Aëla Labbé.


Your idea about social networks.

It is great way to find like minded people and showing my artistic work. It is also important that the feedback comes from the people who don’t know me therefore their opinion can’t be shadowed by our mutual feelings.


What’s overrated/underrated today?

Perfection is overrated. I see many photographers over doing their photoshopped photos with generic ideas. For me there is nothing artistic in that procedure. Art is expressing who we are and we are far from perfect.

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