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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.

Question
What was the 1st time you caught a a moment behind your lens and knew you were meant to be a documentary photographer?
Answer
I took a photo of a wooden pole-the first a boy staring at me from behind.
feet were bare, she was very much influenced children and he did not expect serious about photography until the moment. since the first photographic documentary photography of people would prefer to have been persuaded to increase social awareness.
Question
You have a way of capturing both beauty and pain in your subjects. If you could tell one story of an experience you had that changed you, what would it be?
Answer
As you know still (secondary) I am now continuing my project. At the end of this year, I have a new project, “the silent …”
In the silence, the depression for people living in big cities lasted – they were found to want to evaluate the psychological states of those people.
Body language and expressions [is more revealing] – to explore the conviction in those people that are alone, [isolated emotionally].
photos now on the conceptual and later in 2013 will be a serious project.

My point of focus is always human.
I like to stay close to the people.

Question
What is your favorite sound?
Answer
voices of children playing..
Question
If you could study with any artist, past or present, who would it be?
Answer
[I would like to study with] Adrien Brody. I believe he has expressive power of gestures and an artist highly respected [talented]. And to work with Jan Scholz, a very good photographer who knows the spirit of the work…
Question
What is your favorite smell?
Answer
The smell of earth after rain … wonderful.
Question
If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph, where would you go?
Answer
I’m think of going to Afghanistan next year. Afghanistan is a land great for documentary photos. It is a mysterious country with very interesting and beautiful forms of life.
Question
Do you believe that art can heal mankind?
Answer
art; a great way for humanity to expose a real personality…
art; confront yourself…
art; strengths and weaknesses, to uncover…
art; without an ethnic distinction [teaching us] to embrace all people…
art; the only way to unite all the people’s hands.
Even religion can not do it.
Question
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Answer
[When I was younger] I was younger very fond of reading and writing. Now it has merged into photo post, writing and photography, a full helical. I wanted it a lot when I was little. Now [I just want] writing and photography …
Question
What is your greatest fear?
Answer
My biggest fear, a war where children and the elderly in the middle.
Question
What makes you smile from your soul?
Answer
Seeing a child smile from their eyes.
Question
How old were you when you 1st took a picture?
Answer
The first photo at age 31.
Question
What is most beautiful to you?
Answer
Produce; people maturing experience…
Question
What color of the rainbow would you be?
Answer
Rainbow, green…
Question
What was the last book you read?
Answer
Dalai Lama. New thousand year values…
Question
What inspires you?
Answer
eyes … eyes deep…

 

Dear Dawn-  thank you very much for their efforts in [doing this interview] I am sending my love with the deepest respect …