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Interview: Photographer Ekin Can Bayrakdar (London, UK)
Tell us something about yourself
I am Ekin was born in Cyprus and grew up in Turkey. As a son of a visual artist, I studied in Fine Art Department in University, in Istanbul. After graduation I moved to London and working as freelance fashion photographer here in London.
How and when did you get into photography?
My father has been taking pictures since when he was young age. When I was kid I was kind of stealing of his camera and looking at the screen view to everywhere to catch the best frames whatever I was looking at and was enjoying it. After I grew up, I was taking portraits of my friends but was not find it very creative, and decided to be a fashion photographer to create my own scenes/images as an art.
What does photography mean to you?
I am an artist as I have fine art degree, I am just using the photography as a tool to create my own images to tell people something I believe. It is mostly emotions
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My photography style is dynamic, as like my paintings, instead of static. Sometimes I find static pictures are amazing but I do not feel like that so do not prefer to shoot static pictures. However I am unsure about future, everything changes, so I may do in the future
Where do you get inspiration from?
I do get my inspirations from an ideas, music videos, sometimes when I am walking in the street I find interesting locations and try to make a project with that. Depends on projects and situations I guess.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Generally, I prepare main ideas, talking with my team, improve the ideas, and leave some freedom for myself and my team for set. I do not limit myself and my team. I can describe them what I want but freedom is important thing for creative field I strongly believe.
Studio, on location or both?
I prefer location mostly because there are more things to do, I feel free on locations. But sometimes to get permission for location is so hard. And sometimes it is not my choice to shoot in studio or on location.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a professional photographer
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I almost remember all sessions when I look at my pictures. But I can tell you the my recent shooting I did in Barcelona end of the January.
It was for one dress designer from Russia, but she lives in Barcelona. We talked about what we would do etc. I knew what I wanted to do with those beautiful dresses. I landed to Barcelona, for 3 days I was looking for the best location that suit with those amazing dresses and I worked with talented people there. First 2 days while I was looking for the location, it was raining and I was walking around the city to find perfect location. After I found the place, it was amazing location, shared with the team the location’s pictures, everyone amazed with the location. The shooting day we met on the location, it was amazing session, we had fun a lot there. And the results are amazing. We all are happy that what we did.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Well, I would say art history I think. Without history we cannot do this.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
In this era, it does not matter what you are using, because you can change everything on post processing. I am not a technical person that I can suggest people to use any kind of equipment, whatever the limit of the equipment I can use/experiment it without choice. I personally use Canon but I think there is no reason that I use it. And every wide angle lens can be my favorite lens J
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
What do you think of our new magazine?
It is pretty interesting