The first time I saw this image I felt my heart literally speed up. I wanted to extend both a hand and hope to this little boy. Dirtied from the elements, a look of survival and question in his eyes, his feet planted firmly on the worn wood and yet ready to leap at any moment – it was profoundly moving. It still is every time I look at it. This was my first introduction to Mehmet’s work. Every piece of work he has done since has reached into me like tentacles of a drowned out silence in dire need of release. He manages to capture a life most may have otherwise never have been privy to witnessing.
He is a photographer that documents suffering and triumph, tradition and culture, and the plausibly raw grit and beauty in who and what humanity is. There are no boundaries, there is little predictability. Through his generosity and openness, he shares his work with an awaiting viewer. He is an eternal hopeful and I am proud to know him. It is my honor to share Mehmet Mustafah Bulakçıbaşı’s work with you.
My point of focus is always human.
I like to stay close to the people.
Dear Dawn- thank you very much for their efforts in [doing this interview] I am sending my love with the deepest respect …