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Hi Ismail, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Can you begin by telling us a bit about your background? Where are you from? How did you get your start as a retoucher?Thank you for your interest in me and my work. I live in Istanbul. I started my carrier as computer network systems expert. Then I moved onto web design and graphic design field which carried me over to digital arts. I started to focus on Photoshop after having realized that it offers a lot more than clearing backgrounds of pictures and designing web pages. I improved my skills in retouching and photo manipulation rather quickly. I mostly create designs for advertising sector and for my personal pleasure.
Do you keep a dream journal of any kind to keep up with your own ideas?I wouldn’t call it a “dream journal”, but I do make notes of my ideas as they come to me. I quickly draw up the imagery that appears in my mind. Soon after, I find images that I can use and create a draft. I add different new materials to my draft as I come across with them. This way I don’t forget my ideas and I keep them always ready to be worked on.
I absolutely love your Inertia project. What was your thought process behind it?Thank you. Steve Jobs said, 'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.' Unfortunately, millions of us live the lives imposed by dogmas. We think we are in control but we are really being drifted. I thought of dogma as hunch in our backs. We live with this hunch thinking it is a vital part of our body. And we are unaware that we are in fact in a state of inaction.
Can you please tell us about the process of creating your Statue project? What is the meaning behind this fantastic artwork?
For Statue, I was inspired by an archeological article. I used the image of “Weary Herakles” statue from 2nd or 3rd century AD. This statue has an interesting story. It’s bottom half was excavated from an ancient site in Antalya, Turkey in 1980. They couldn’t find his upper body despite months of searches. 2 years later Herakles’ upper body turned up in Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After long bureaucratic debates, two pieces of Herakles’ body reunited 30 years later on the soil it was created, looking almost as great as it did 1800 years ago. I figured, Herakles has had to endure so many calamities for centuries that he wouldn’t mind my little touch. What’s also interesting is that I don’t feel that I am done 100% with this project. I hope I won’t wear out my “Weary Herakles” another 30 years.