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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

31.12.2018

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For her series Black Sea Suzan Pektaş returned to the place of her childhood: the coast of the Black Sea. On her way from her native Bulgaria to Georgia she searched for the feeling of these past summers when her grandfather, a disabled actor, told her stories about headless horses, pretty girls and the sea in the family's beach hut.

“This photograph was taken during a trip to the Black Sea last August. We were driving along the coast with a friend. I was looking for a trace, a touch of my childhood. The whole coastline was crowded with new buildings, without any sign of the woods of my childhood stretching into the sea. It was clear that the region was under an active demographic transformation, as more people leave their rural homes and farms behind to move into high-rise apartment blocks. After a long drive along the winding road, we finally came across a stretch of woods. You could feel the sea through the trees before seeing it. It was an exciting moment. We walked to the sea. It was a rainy and windy day, and we were all alone on the beach. I did enjoy finding small stories in her interpretations. It was there that I captured this instant that perfectly connected the moment to my childhood.”

About the camera:

“For this series I worked with the M-P 240 for the first time. Using a rangefinder transformed my work because you really have to be quick. It does not tolerate mistakes. If you miss the instant, it’s gone. I had to practice a lot and nurture that. That is what’s so good about the M 240, the challenge to get things right at the right moment, just as they need to be. After many years of using a DSLR camera, Leica has disciplined and re-trained me. I believe this has improved my work as well. Its small size and familiar look improved my communication with people as well. Leica does not intimidate them, so they look at me instead, which eases our relationship. Once you become proficient with it, the rangefinder also provides total control of the image. It is also a beautiful camera. There is a sense of pride in using it.”

Equipment:Leica M-P (Typ 240) with Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 Asph
Foto: © Suzan Pektaş

Suzan Pektaş

Suzan Pektaş is an İstanbul based self-taught photographer. She developed her passion for visual language during her college years and chose it as a profession. She explores various forms of expressions at the crossroad of visual art and documentary. Mostly focused on the existence of individuals and their personal environments, Suzan’s photography aim to capture unseen and untouched moments of solitude.  Her projects are primaraly on women, urban transformation and immigration.

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