SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with M.Turker Emeklier

Why does street photography matter?

“One way of looking at it maybe, like other art forms it does not matter at first. I mean, there was always sound but someone decided to make music. Likewise, maybe, it did not matter at first, then somebody shoots an amazing image at a very random location, time etc. then it became an art form. Although none of the variables is under control, it may still be possible to find something surprising, touching. I refrain from saying “beautiful”, since the intention in street photography is more towards finding something real and raw, rather than a refined, composed studio shot.

On a personal level, it is my curiosity that derives me. I have studied architecture and for me, architecture is all about how people interact with the built form. How do they actually use the spaces, in expected or unexpected ways? Which side of the road do they use? And how would they look if that beam of light reflecting from that building hits them. And so on…”

 What’s in your camera bag?

“I have two sets of gear actually. I sometimes take it easy and just take my medium format camera. I have only one lens on it so not much to worry about. Mamiya 645AFD with a film back.


Second set is 35mm film. Canon EOS 3 and 5D with the Sigma Art Lenses 24-105 f:4, 50mm f:14, and 70-200 L f:4


I usually go digital when I finish my film or when colour is crucial.

Otherwise, I am all for analog these days. Therefore, the thrill is prolonged. I remain excited about a photo during all the timeit takes for me to develop the film and then take it into the darkroom to print it.

And printing in the darkroom is just as exciting as when at first shooting it. Maybe even more.”

MSP : I love a good film kit!

Your best tip

“Best tip maybe to discipline yourself and shoot only the images that are worthy of your time. Nothing more boring than looking at hundreds of photos that are mediocre. Shoot less but come home with higher quality if you can. Of course there is a learning period and you will have to try some stuff but being actually productive requires more than just having decently exposed shots.”

What is your favourite “go to” location in Melbourne?

“Depends on the day but I like walking along a body of water, so I might go on a walk on Southbank. There’s always a lot of people and receives good light all day long. When I go shooting it is mostly to walk and listen to music and I might have a camera with me. If I naturally happen to stumble on something that interests me visually and if I do have a camera it suddenly becomes a movie. I edit my vision through a lens and put soundtrack on it via headphones. At that moment the question on my mind is whether it is worth printing. If not, I might walk away from a shot that I might have spent half an hour studying.”

 What got you interested in street photography?

“As I mentioned earlier I studied architecture but before that I studied classical guitar. I suddenly decided to switch majors and in between I thought it would be good to look at some buildings and study them. I would always put people in my shots to portray the scale and the interaction between the people and the built form and there it was. Well looking back, I have always lived in big cities anyways. City has always been my “natural” habitat.”

Muzaffer’s image is another ripper from SITHOM.

Firstly, the image has three clear planes of texture / contrast which are not evenly divided, but help break up the image.



All the subjects in the image are directing their focus to the left of frame, which gives a certain suggested uniformity, or pattern to the image. It reverses the viewers natural entry point on the left and encourages starting at the right of frame, and moving across to left. Very unusual, and works effectively in creating interest in the image. It is almost like swimming against the current, but in such a graceful way that nobody notices how hard you are paddling.


The contrast between the light and dark parts of the image are divided by a subtle diagonal line, which adds to the already dynamic feel of the image. Diagonal lines are fantastic tool to pull out when you are having a “meh” kind of day out shooting. Not only are the light and dark parts of the image divided by this line, but three of the subjects have been placed along it to increase it’s prominence without being overt.



The subjects, along with the natural line of the wall form a triangular shape, again adding to a dynamic feel. The subejcts are also on clearly different planes with the three dimensions of the image, which gives a feeling of depth.



Looking even more closely at the image and spending some time with it, a gestalt triangle appeared, overtaking the more obvious one in the previous image. A gestalt shape is an image where the brain is left to complete the image using imagination… Now, all I see is the gestalt triangle, running outside of the frame. Having to complete the final corner of the triangle using only my imagination creates for a very engaging experience as the viewer.

Thanks for taking the time to talk today, Muzaffer!

Muzaffer’s SITHOM page is here.

Exhibition details

Where: Victorian Artists Society
430 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

When: Thursday, 19 – Monday, 30 March, 2015
Weekdays: 10am – 4pm Weekends: 1pm – 4pm

Opening Event: 7pm, Friday, 20 March, 2015
Extended viewing hours: 10am to 9pm


2 Responses to “SITHOM Exhibition – An Interview with M.Turker Emeklier”

  1. I love the little bottle of sunscreen!



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