Interview with Gökhun Güneyhan
First off, we’d like to know more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself?
Aaa hi! And thanks for this! Well, I was born in Istanbul, in 1988 and I’ve been living here for all my life except for 6 months in Krakow, Poland. Those six months changed all of my ideas about travelling… I used to hate it but now I hardly stop myself to get my camera and go somewhere far when I have some days off to capture great scenes and moments… Like many other people in the creative world; I had my studies on something irrelative; Political Science and International Relations. But my passion for design didn’t leave me and I decided to try my chance by getting a job in a digital agency. After almost 1.5 years working for Ogilvy Istanbul and 3 years in total as an interactive designer, I’ve decided to go freelance. For the last 2 weeks I’m enjoying that… Apart from the agency life; I founded BeTurkey, local organization of Behance Network. Since February 2011, I’m organizing offline meet-ups and online curations with creative works of Turkish members on Behance. Finally apart from the creative life; I believe beer & football* is the best couple in the world. *Not the American one!
When did your love affair with design and photography begin?
Your designs have a certain feel of nostalgia. Does your environment or personal life have an influence in your designs?
Not at all. I always prefer a modern and minimalist look for almost everything; from interior design to a pair of shoes… But somehow I like that nostalgic feel on photography and design.
Do you consider anyone as your mentor? What other designer/photographer inspires you?
Mark Weaver , Mark Brooks and Ryan Atkinson gave me a new way to see the types. Marcin Stawiarz also made me love black & white but I didn’t stay there too much long . On the other hand, I’m inspired by everyone on Behance, Dribbble and on all other platforms.
What inspires you to create or capture an image?
I test my patience during taking photos and I love it. Doesn’t matter if it is an animal running around or just the sunset, sometimes I wait for minutes or hours in the same place to get the best capture. For design, I think it’s just about feeding my personal taste of design. That’s why I make personal projects such as Cogito Ergo Sum or Cities & Typography , otherwise I would hate my job because of the clients.