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PROM DAY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

It really did not matter for them to be photographed. They had their iPhones flying like a drone in their hands. I had to be prompt and act quick. My daughter did not want me to photograph her event as she was very shy and I had to take control at some point and make what ever I can in seconds. I almost felt like I am a wildlife photographer trying to catch wild birds with my camera. It was quite challenging. she looks at the results and asks me to print them. Can you imagine she was criticizing my photos? Well, I did not have a choice, I had to deal with harsh lighting.

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The World's Biggest Technology Event Adventure, Notes From Lisbon

These images are from November, Web Summit 2019. I thought to share them with you now, as soon we will be seeing the 2020. A little story of Lisbon and Web Summit Adventure.

The founder of Web Summit, The world’s biggest technology conference :Paddy Cosgrave

Web Summit 2019 Notes

The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa made a talk at the Summit
Such a sweet, smart, cute president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

First of all,

While I was writing this post, one of the Pink Martini song I love “Donde estas donde estas Yolanda” was playing in my head, (where are you where are you Yolanda) I was asking for my mind when singing…

Podcast woman broadcaster Zreen asked me to company her at the Web Summit. I actually never heard of The Web Summit before. Zreen’s business is given two tickets worth more that 1000 pounds from a Woman In Tech (what a wonderful organisation, supporting woman entrepreneurs)

Podcast woman talking to Valeria Magoni from Tanaza and Woman in Tech
Lisbon streets
The traditional way of baking the chestnut at the in-front of the train station
Streets are full of art work in Lisbon

This Web Summit happened just on the right time for me as I have just been recently had an unpleasant experience with a cowboy manager at my recent work. The good thing is, after I left my feedback on Glassdoor about this cowboy manager, my ex company called me more than 3 times to investigate the feedback I left and after that investigation they fired him. Happy days! You can copy and paste the link below to your browser if you want to find out my Glassdoor Feedback as a Turkish Speaking Advisor.

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/Employee-Review-BookingGo-RVW28978853.htm

Okay lets forget it!

When I got on the plane to Lisboa, I could smell tech people were in the plane, I was sitting right next to the founder of an innovative company called Shela , They are in the business of professional matchmaking. Shela offers a space for investors to meet with people with great ideas. Shela is inviting Investors around the world to join their video enhanced platform where they can find connect and possibly invest in the next great mind. Wow, what a brilliant crazy business. So dragon program on TV is coming alive online too. Matching the professionals with the right roles,  It is well worth to look at their website to find out more on https://www.shelarecruitment.co.uk/ I did wanted to photograph the founder of Shela there and talk with him about his application but maybe in the future now..

And our apartment we stayed was right next to the ocean, on the stepped hill where cars were spinning to climb up. So we were spinning to get close to the apartment door too. So funny that there was a little gallery right opposite the flat and this gallery is called Pickpocket Gallery, It was closed or inactive, we couldn’t see the inside. I did make a Google search but website was down. The owners are probably in prison. The Art of Pickpocketing Gallery?

The first day we arrived, we went looking for coffee shops and the first one we entered to ask coffee, they were just staring at our faces, kind of ignoring us with miserable faces. I was surprised and we just left that nice little coffee shop and restaurant also and went to another one. This time, we tried to be more animated with our faces so they will love us and give us a coffee. There were two ladies with lovely chef outfits working in the kitchen and also there was a man there with his little English he was talking to us in a Tarzan accent. The restaurant was only open till 2 or 3 pm and all tables were empty as they were preparing food, we were just smiling extra to communicate with them. We had a wonderful coffee there at last, we had espresso and I asked Latte after that, all cost for both of us not even 4 Euros, and after that we decided to go to this same restaurant to eat on another day. Once we got in the restaurant all the tables were packed, this time with full of Portuguese man, most of them were all dressed up and there were not one table empty, we managed to learn that this coffee shop restaurant was only for taxi drivers.

We were all disappointed with it, then we went climbing the hills in Lisboa city to find a nice decent place to eat and found one after a long struggle, and this time waiters were all smiley and they kidnapped us from the door quickly and we ordered some muscles and one little, tiny mini octopus, and at the end the bill was 96 Euro.

Restaurante Cervejaria E Mourisca Largo da Graca, before you eat in here think twice, you may get ripped off!

Can you imagine, I was saying to Zreen its fine, I will find you really good restaurant by walking with my animal instinct’s. And made her a very long walk, most of the walk was just climbing, and see what happened, We have been badly ripped of for nothing. Animal instincts not always work! Otherwise, we would have been run by dinosaurs right now, in it? We eventually found a lovely honest working restaurant and it was not even far from our airbnb flat and enjoyed the food there twice.

Great restaurant, we have been here twice, delicious food at amazing prices, right now I do not remember the name of the restaurant, we didn’t have time to photograph there as were enjoying the food so much. Once I find their name I will be glade to share it soon.

We met some great people there at restaurant on that night, they were having a company meal and after a chat, They invited us to their company to visit them, we had only couple more days left but we still decided to use a day to see them and their embroidery and the rest of the other art work they are doing in there called Fabrica_Moderna.

we are on the road to see our artist friends

We were very excited on our journey there to see these wonderful artist people in Lisbon, thinking they are so kind to invite us. At some point, we were even walking right close to the motorway to find them, we did get lost along the way but we found the place but then it was all disappointing for me, I thought they were over sceptical about our visit and that actually put me off writing about the marvellous art work they were doing there. I felt like I am invading their space.

This plant is called Pluma in Portugal and they are on motorways and everywhere, also Tuk Tuk drivers use them to decorate their Tuk Tuk
I love these feathers called Pluma in Lisbon

Why invite people to your work place and treat them like secret agents I don’t get it. To me humanity is the biggest art of all! There is nothing more serious than humanity.

Guess who is he ?
Portrait and fashion photographer Rankin was one of the speakers
Akon was at the Web Summit

More than 70 thousand tech lovers have been gathering in Lisbon for years and, I did not know that. Hundreds of speakers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and presidents (our precious , USA’s project dictator president to destroy Turkiye, that person was not there), Akon (Oh my universe, how can he be my most listened Spotify top artist of 2019? not in 2020 that’s for sure) … they were all in Lisbon for a meet up. Isn’t that crazy? I am with a 4 Kg Nikon Camera, I just wanted to create some visual content and make some arm mussels. I love to record the time with a movie also. It did make me feel like go back to my years in Istanbul, working as a reporter and photojournalist. 

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There were Press Conference’s every day at the web summit, Although I was complaining to Zreen about why giving so much time to press conference’s but not to entrepreneur speakers… actually to listen to conference’s, yes indeed that was important part of the summit too, so I shut up and recorded some of the names speaking. My personal selfish intention was to be able see Akon at his press conference. I am hoping videos I upload on here will give you some idea. I would had added the transcript of some talks of the web summit, however, the application we used there to be able to catch up with the program of this huge event is not a friendly application. As soon as the web summit over, all the info deleted out from the app. So Paddy please change this, so we can go and look for reference, come on people each person is paying more than a thousand Euro to get in this Web Summit so why not keep them happy. It would had been great to use the application whole year around but no, who will be kind about things like this hey!

Paddy, I think you should give a chance to other cities in the world too, next time have a summit in Turkey please..

You will see a lot of portraits of Paddy Cosgrave, founder of Web Summit, why ?, perhaps he is so photogenic! Sure He grew up in a farm in Ireland, that is why he is photogenic may be. He started these summits in 2010; Approximately 400 people attended the first Dublin Web Summit in November 2010. That would have been better summit to follow up for me; this 2019 one was hard to catch up.

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What was very interesting to me is:

This year web summit had whistle blowers and activist speakers. One of the press conference was about Julian Assange’s imprisonment in London and the lawyer Juan Branco, Assange’s one of lawyers answered the questions.

Juan Branco at the Web Summit press conference in Lisbon

Juan Branco mentioned that When Julian Assange was locked up in London for doing his job journalism, Iraq War Criminal Tony Blair is free, right now at the summit for his talk.

When Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange got arrested in London for hacking USA military documents, all the media was there. But one media was there at the Ecuador Embassy in London 24/7. This Russian backed news agency Ruptle was the only news agency to film the first.

Brittany Kaiser, this charismatic lady is fighting to protect your data, including your Facebook Data

Another whistle-blowers, Brittany Kaiser drew a huge crowd at a press after her talk at Web Summit. I really liked this lady and made a little video about her talk at the conference and press conference. Britany Kaiser is an American business development director for Cambridge Analytica which collapsed after details of its misuse of Facebook data were revealed to have potentially impacted voting in the UK Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  (from Wikipedia )

Train Station near Web Summit
People love to look at my giant camera, my passenger portrait is smiling at me, thank you!
Lisbon Central, peaceful city where everyone can do anything they like and they wont get arrested!
The Brazilian, greatest Tuk Tuk driver lovely Rafael in Sintra, we were the only Tuk Tuk driving around on that day. In this stormy weather Rafael did not give up and showed us all the secret palaces in Sintra, I was more interested having fun in a Tuk Tuk than palaces actually, The storm was opening up the zips of our Tuk Tuk and we were driving right next to the ocean. Crazy! Rafael is in love with himself taking selfies in the forest in fog! Hehe
Stormy Atlantic Ocean
one of the palaces in Sintra, wow
Pirate Brazillian Tuk Tuk driver and guide of Sintra Rafael
Listening to Reggae Music and watching the forest in a fog from our Tuk Tuk
Fisher man in this wind fishing from the ocean, he was the only fisher man we saw, he must be also crazy like our pirate driver Rafael
Raining all day in Sintra
watching the life in Sintra from a Tuk Tuk
Turkish Flag all I see there at the web summit in Lisbon, missing Istanbul

Let me know if you enjoyed looking at these images.. Just a bit fun!

With love and kindness…

Announcement! Charities, individuals…I am your man if you want a help!

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You know when we say that famous English phrase I work hard and play hard…Well, I want to say help hard!

This calendar work is from October 2012 for a cancer charity and never published them before on my blog page, I wanted to dust off these meaningful images and share with all the great people out there who help hard in life. First of all, I can not thank enough to Brian Spranklen for lending me his light kit at that time and sharing his expertise on portrait photography and I can not thank enough to Linda ( I call her my English Rose, she is indeed a rose, wild rose ) to come up with this idea and asked me to photograph ladies for a calender. Please inbox me if you have an urge to help and need creative work to do so! Let’s make a difference in people’s life. Let’s be more charitable!

TAKE A PEEK AT THE LADIES FROM THE HIGHPEAK BARING ALL FOR CANCER

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Pat: An empty casket where the jewel of life by someone damned hand was robbed and taken away.  King John 5.1.40-1
Janet
Janet: When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life a thousand reasons to smile.
Chloe
Chloe: I hope by agreeing to appear in this calendar that the money raised from sales will help to support further research into the causes and treatments of all forms of cancer.
Kerry
Kerry: I am doing this for my step Dad who is still fighting.
Sarah
Sarah: I wanted to do this calender for cancer because it has affected members of my family but thankfully they are still with us.
Gayle
Gayle: For my beautiful friend, an inspiration to us all.
Lindsay
Lindsay: I wanted to do this calendar for Tracey, Sandie, and John. They have all been through the trauma of cancer diagnosis and treatment. I love them and cancer is indiscriminate.
Sandie
Sandie: Have been there…..Walked the journey ….worn the wig…..Thankful for the expert medical support and care. Thankful for family and friends’ love. Grateful to fundraisers and cancer research…..There but for the grace of God go any of us!
Sally
Sally: This is for all my lovely friends and family who have lost your fight and those of you that have won.
Jane
Jayne: I am doing this for those I have loved and lost, those still fighting and those who have survived.

A few hours at the Snake Pass Hope Woodlands… Umut Ormanında bir kaç saat…

Yılan Geçidi üzerinde bulunan Umut ormanına ait olan bu fotoğrafları bulup hatırlamasını yaptım. Eski film kameramın geniş açı objektifini,  yeni dijital kamerama kondurup çekimler yapmıştım asıl adıyla Sanake Pass Hope Woodlands’ da… Nereden nereye , İstanbul’da fotomuhabirlik yaparken kullandığım bu gözümün ( objektif ) yeri hep ayrıdır. Yıldız ve polarize filtreleri de bulunan , geniş bakmayı ilk öğrendiğim gözümü yıllardır hiç bırakmadım. Umut ormanındaki  öz portrelerimin görüntüleri ve sevgili gözümün ışığa karşı olan çekimlerde yaptığı saçlarıma yayılan alev efektleri kendine yolculuk tadında sanki. Kızımın okulda olduğu saatlerle sınırlı bu gezintiler kaybolmuş yalnız bir ruhun dolaşmalarıdır.

I find these photos of Snake Pass Hope Woodlands and recalled the times I spent there when walking solo. I used my ancient 35 mm film camera’s manuel wide-angle lens on a digital camera. From Istanbul to Hope Woodlands…when I worked as a photo journalist in Istanbul and till now, I always loved and kept this eye of mine with its star and polarizing filters in my bag as it helped me to see the world from wide angle. When taking photos against the sun that creates flare effects on my desperate looking self-portraits gives the feeling of a journey to yourself. Ofcourse I had to return from those journeys and stop wondering around like a crazy,lost and lonely soul to pick my little girl up from school.

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A cat and yourself.. Gülümse

Kediler aşkına diyorum lütfen hepinizden dileğim kedilenmeniz. Kedilenin ve kendileniniz. Manası kendinize dönmek. Bizim prensin bekleyişi hep böyle hayata dili ile bağlanmaktır. O’nun bu tutkusu ve güzelliği Sezen’in ‘ bir kedim bile yok’ şarkısını söyletmektedir mırıldanarak ve mırıldanarak, duyar gibi oldunuz biliyorum.

Today I wish you get a cat friend . Get back to yourself with a cool loving cat. Our house mate Prince looks like holding on to life with his tong. 🙂  Reminds me of a song from Sezen Aksu called “Smile come on smile I dont even have a cat do you understand me ? ” … I am singing that song meowing and meowing and can feel you hearing the song. ” Bir kedim bile yok anlıyor musun ?

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CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE

Celebrating sun set ! Why can’t we celebrate it in our garden at home ? We went miles to see sun setting around the stones . Then we have learned the truth that you come here to celebrate the  sun rise , well any excuse we will go to celebrate something anyway. There are deep stories behind this Castlerigg Stone circle, photographing is celebrating but I need to go back start reading paganism, it is kind of shamanism where my origins come from. Stones are all in my interest where ever they are I am there to touch them and hold them smell them…by the way we have met some lovely people there, if they see their photos here and want to add their stories to this page I would appreciate it so much, please send me your Stone Circle memories.

Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is also among the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period. www.english-heritage.org.uk
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A Still Photography for the film called “Kiss”

It has been a long time since I have not worked at the films for stills although I crave for. I photographed stills for the viral called “Kiss” directed by Brian Spranklen at the beautiful Palace Hotel Manchester.

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Spine Photography Challenge 2014

Until a couple of weeks ago I hadn’t even heard of the Spine Challenger. We (myself, my friend Helen and  Poodle DJ ) were out walking one day and whilst stopping at a cairn for refreshment a guy called Mark stopped to chat. He had a massive backpack as he was walking and camping the route of the race over about 4 days. He said we should come back this way and check it out on the 11th to help put his gloves on. As I enjoy taking photos of grouse in the hills, which I might say is very difficult (I can show you my 1 good grouse image). I thought this would be the perfect photography challenge taking photos of fell runners in their natural habitat.

So fast forward to January 11th 2014…

It was about 8.30am and as soon as we parked the car on the Snake Pass where the Pennine Way crosses the road, it started to snow. Stepping out of the car the wind hit us, it was cold and already we began to feel a little sorry for the runners and walkers. We took the stone flagged path across Featherbed Moss heading towards Kinder Downfall, heads down trying to avoid the prickly snow on our faces. For a while we didnt see anyone at all. Then suddenly without warning, out of the fog appeared a group of about 10 handsome runners. The path is narrow, we had to jump out of the way. I was gutted, the camera was still in my bag. I thought thats it we’ve missed them there wont be anymore competitors on such a brutal race. Moments later more poured down the path but this time there was some warning so I was ready. Again we jumped out of the way dragging the poor Poodle with us still managing to get some shots. This continued to happen every 10 minutes.

All the runners had gone then the walkers came. We were noticing they thought I was the official race photographer and as soon as I was spotted all the smiles and some funny poses were on display.

We covered just a couple of miles and a few hours not going much further than Mill Hill. I guess the real official photographer will cover the rest of the 104 miles or so, 60 hours non stop Spine Challenge.

Now with the excitement over I’ll get back to my grouse photography.

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Art for Democracy!

Aliyev apparently do not like his house to be seen but here we go I publish for democracy
Aliyev apparently do not like his house to be seen but here we go,  I publish it for democracy!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/art-for-democracy-support-human-rights-in-azerbaijan

When I saw this video It reminded  me of a catalog design work for a company in Ankara in Turkey, then I decided to share it. I designed a catalog for a company called  Classical Forged Wrought Iron Decoration LTD. Company Manager asked me to put on the president of the Republic Azerbaijan’s house photograph on the cover page. He said that he is the biggest name in his client portfolio. Photograph did not have the quality to be on the cover but he insisted Aliyev’s house on the cover page. So we did , Guess what happened ? My client went with his 1000 catalogs to Azerbaijan to advertise his company and big boss Aliyev saw his house on the catalog and told my client that he should confiscate all his catalogs. Can you imagine all the money my client spent on burnt in Azerbaijan . My client whom worked at Aliyev’s house for a year to decorate with classical forged wrought iron, told me that no one can go near his house in the country and it is all surrounded by trees and no one is allowed to come near it. How pathetic is that ?  And all my lovely design work confiscated like an illegal document.