Call me Ci. I was born in Beyoğlu, Istanbul on July 6th, 1986. I studied Italian Language and Literature at Istanbul University. Following that, I worked for advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director for many years. I was 28 when I discovered visual storytelling. I did music photography and photojournalism for a while, then I decided to devote my time solely to my own stories.

My work is focused on Istanbul and its personal psychogeography. Adopting documentary as a secondary function, I tell stories using the scenes of my city. My distinct colour palette is a derivation of the look of Italian giallos from the ‘70s, and I take cues from the cinematography of classic horror films in my visual language. Almost all of my photographs take place in the daytime.

More about my work

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Exhibitions
  3. Texts
  4. Assignments
  5. Editions
  6. Licensing (via Connected Archives)



Favourites

Current camera
Suspiria (1977)
Cat’s Cradle (1963)
The Smiths (1984)
Timeline of the far future



Recent Links

Current camera


  • Body · Panasonic Lumix GX9
  • Lens · Panasonic Lumix 12 - 32mm
  • Flash · Godox TT350 w/ Godox X3
  • Wishlist · Leica 15mm
  • Backup · Fujifilm X-T2 w/ 23mm


Gear history

  • Fujifilm X-E2 (2015 - 2016)
  • Fujifilm X-T1 (2016 - 2017)
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2 (2016 - 2017)
  • Fujifilm X70 (2016 - 2023)
  • Fujifilm X100F (2017 - 2022)
  • Sony RX100 V (2017 - 2022)
  • Sony RX0 (2018 - 2021)
  • Fujifilm X100V (2022 - 2023)
  • Ricoh GR IIIx (2023 - 2024)
My camera bag (June 2024).


After many years of using Fujifilm cameras, I wanted to try something new this time.

My current personal setup isn’t smaller than the X100F/V/VI (even though I take a hit on sensor size and resolution) but I find it to be much more versatile and reliable to use.

My lens isn’t the greatest (it’s a kit lens after all) but comparing the pictures with my X100F/V files, the sharpness and the rendering quality are on a similar level (especially above f/5.6). I’m pretty sure some lab results would prove me wrong but I don’t care about those things.

The Panasonic’s button and dial layout makes a lot of sense and is very easy to operate. I never liked touch interfaces on cameras until I met this one: it’s actually useable, useful, and responsive, especially for a camera that was released in 2018.
I am able to use HSS with my flash with this wireless off-camera setup, which is my preferred method of lighting. The Godox isn’t the most powerful flash out there but it’s very small and bright enough. The flash trigger is also an absolute joy to use, I must add.

The tilting viewfinder of this camera is fun but also atrocious; it’s very small and hard to see (forget about manual focusing, really) even though I have the eyes of a hawk. Thankfully, the LCD has been bright enough in these awful summer days so far. Having used the X70 for many years, I’m used to utilising the LCD anyway.

The camera is slightly slower to launch than the X100F/V, which annoys the hell out of me but I manage.

I really love that these M43 cameras’ sensors are 4:3, as I always crop to 4x5. It makes framing for post-production much, much easier.

Lastly, I hate my X-T2 setup and I only keep it as a spare. It was cheap to put together, so I don’t mind.