Can Dagarslani is a 28 photographer based-in Istanbul, Turkey. He's started taking pictures while studying architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Art, Istanbul. It all began in 2003 when Dagarslani started working on landscape shots of different places that would bring out each city’s architectural plan. When Dagarslani discovered analogue, his digital camera was putted aside for an analog camera that triggered his passion for photography. We asked Dagarslani some questions to know more about him and his work.
Hi Can, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm an architect and am trying to tell the truth about human attitude with my camera.
Why, when and how did you become a photographer?
Actually I've never studied in photography, I was totally self taught. I became increasingly more interested in photography while studying architecture. I haven't become a photographer yet, it's still my personal rehab. I try to keep purest form of film photography in my works.
Are you a full time photographer or is it just a hobby?
Neither a job nor a hobby. It's the something that makes me have goosebumps all over my skin.
Your photograph mainly girls. Talk to us about your background in photography?
My photo series revolves around intimate captures that are shot in such a way as to make the viewer feel not so intrusive. The subject remains mostly anonymous, allowing people to imagine their own significant others in her place or someone they wish to be their significant other. Poetic and poignant, the subject offers herself entirely.
They are also sensually romantic. The soft lighting coupled with the casual, skin-revealing outfits leave both little and much to the imagination. In a way, this allows the images to be even more relatable. The concentration on girls also seems to suggest a hungering for nature.
Who are your favorite photographers?
As a god, Guy Bourdin. His colourful world impresses me a lot. And i also adore works of Michal Pudelka, Ren-Hang and Lukasz Wierzbowski.
Any message for other film photographers? Or maybe a tip you would like to share?
When you're looking through the lens, you don't need any regulation. So let your subconscious takes over you and reflect introspective elements.
Can, thank you for the interview.