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Yan Yana podcast serisinin ilkinde fotoğraf üzerine konuşuyoruz. Orijinal kayıt 3 Mayıs 2014 tarihinde gerçekleşmiştir.
Kaan Öner, 1984 İstanbul doğumlu. İstanbul Erkek Lisesi ve Sabancı Üniversitesi Mekatronik Mühendisliği lisans ve yüksek lisans mezunu. Bir mekatronik mühendisi olarak özel sektörde Ar-Ge mühendisi pozisyonunda görüntü işleme tabanlı otomasyon sistemleri tasarlıyor. İşi dışında müzikle, görsel sanatlarla ve fotoğrafla ilgileniyor. Klasik ve elektro gitar çalıyor, eskiden müzikte daha aktifti, özellikle yeni fotoğraf makinesini aldıktan sonra fotoğrafa daha çok zaman ayırmaya başladı.
Selim Süme, 1978 doğumlu. Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Makine Mühendisliği bölümünde okurken Fotoğraf Kulübü’nde yer aldı. Bu başlangıç yıllarında, fotoğrafı kendini ifade etme aracı olarak kullandı. 2011’de ilk kitabı 289KD yayınlandı. Şu anda “Belge” isimli bir proje üzerine çalışıyor.
Selim aynı zamanda Reccollective üyesi, ve Marmara Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi’nde fotoğraf üzerine Master yapıyor.
Selim’in sanat işlerine bu siteden ulaşabilirsiniz: http://www.selimsume.com/
Yavuz Parlar, sunucumuz. 2013-2014’te Açık Radyo’da Güncelleme isimli güncel sanat programının yaratıcılarından ve sunucularından biri.
On the first of Side by Side podcast series we are talking about photography. Original recording was made on 3rd of May, 2014.
Kaan Öner, was born in 1984 in İstanbul. A graduate of İstanbul Erkek Lisesi (2003) and Sabancı University Mechatronics Engineering (B.A 2007, Masters 2009). As a mechatronics engineer, he is designing image processing based automation systems working as a research and development engineer, in the private sector. Apart from his job, he is interested in visual arts and photography. He plays classical and electric guitar. He used to be more active in the field of music however he has started spending more time on photography after buying his new camera.
Selim Süme, was born in 1978. He was a member of the Photography Club during his studies in Yıldız Technical University’s Mechanical Engineering Department. In these first few years he tried to utilize photography as a way of self-expression. Selim published his first book 289KD in 2011 and continues to work on his new project “The Document”.
Selim is a member of Reccollective and he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Photography at the Fine Arts Faculty of Marmara University.
Our host, Yavuz Parlar, is one of the makers and hosts of the radio show titled “Güncelleme” that discussed contemporary art at Açık Radyo from 2013 to 2014.
On their definition of what professional and amateur is:
Selim: … I do not like being limited generally, for myself and for the others either. So entering the realm of language, the way it shapes you, the way it possesses you, when you say professional, recalling all the things you know about professionalism, and how you put me in a stereotypical form actually annoys me. Same goes for amateur. This is why I am taking photos. I do different things besides photography. When you think the work you produce is important all these definitions lose their meaning therefore for me more than the definition the process itself is more valuable.
On Accessibility of Photography:
Kaan: … I am interested in visual arts. Photography might be the easiest medium that I can get in touch with when visual arts are concerned. I have interest in cinema as well but entering the realm of cinema is harder than photography, you need to dedicate yourself. It feels like photography is something that you can start as an amateur but then once you start seeing something you choose a direction. This of course has nothing to do with its quality or properties.
Selim: This has been on the agenda for a long while actually, what happened to photography? Is it dying? What kind of a change is it going through, what kind of a point is it getting to with the digital age and mobile life? etc… I believe that there is very few well quality works regardless of by whom they are made, be it a professional or an amateaur. And in the end very few names will be left as they get eliminated. This goes for all the braches of art.
On exhibiting their photographs:
Selim: This is a hard question, why do we exhibit? Because at times this can turn into a masturbation, being appreciated is important. So I made a list for myself the other day about why we photograph. I was influenced by what Orhan Pamuk said in his speech when he was awarded the Nobel Prize, they turned this speech into a book and this part, that I was affected from was only a page and a half and it was talking about “why do I write” “why write” ? So I wrote a series about “ why we photograph?” and it holds the same feelings with a writer’s “why do I write”process. It should not be forgotten that thinking of this is important. If the work itself is not talking, if it does not create an awareness, if it does not slap you on the face, why is it being exhibited is a question mark for me too ; it can be a preference not to show some works, including my own works.