ÖZLEM ACAROĞLU: SES’SİS ZAMANLAR —
A journey back in time…
In 2013, I discovered neutral density filters. They came at a time in my life when I wanted to find a way to really express myself in my photography.
Up until then, I was attempting to minimize my emotional responses and instead focus on practicalities.
Everything started with the purchase of a 10-stop nd filter.
From the first shots taken with this filter, a new world opened up to me. I was captivated by the results.
I felt that these photographs were truly representing me. They were lending authenticity to my stories. The compositions were reflecting my inner world, my emotional world. I was voluntarily getting lost in this world.
This way of working, though, can be difficult and tiring. It would be much easier, from both a contemporary art and technological perspective, to use digital production methods than to use this exacting, time-intensive one.
How cool can be a photographer who chose the harsh method over the easy digital technics in this crazy contemporary art world?
Wouldn’t it be much easier to follow a superficial method like most seem to? Perhaps a higher degree of difficulty renders the product more special?
These filters represent my inner world, and have inspired me to take photos, yes, but they have also inspired me to write and to think. Poetry was appearing to me, line by line with each pose.
The result was a success, because each shot was 300 seconds.
The filters complemented “Water”, the element that I have always felt the closest to, even as a child, was the basis for creating this world
The ND filters made me place more emphasis on light and time while adhering to the discipline of the process, it made me realize again and again how important five minutes are in the World.
Now I know no sunset nor sunrise will repeat itself, I also know that every moment that I lived won't come back.
This is why I am trying to fit minutes in one single shot, with my time machine in my hands, I can journey back into the past next to shorelines.
My passion grows by the day to shoot new waterscapes, and unknown landscapes , both desires coming together to shape my project "Ses'sis Zamanlar".
My journey continues...
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