I got my first camera at the age of 8 and inherited Leicas R and Leicaflex from my grandfather. Though, I started working hard and shooting compulsively with a digital camera at the age of 19 when I started living abroad and felt the need to make sense out of my environment. I used to live in South East Asia, Mexico, Middle East, and the rest of Europe.
I am mostly focusing on portraits and scenes of everyday life. I would define my style as street photography, shifting towards reportage-style photography like in my previous Turkish and Kyrgyz books. In these countries, my approach was to focus on a very narrow area, for example a given village, and connect with locals who would progressively open their habits, their homes, and their portraits to my camera.
I am using both a Leica R7 and a Nikon F-3 and keep my focal length short since I usually take close shots.