#ODTUmeet

In the previous weekend I joined an event taking place in METU. It was announced through the official instagram account of the university, metu_odtu and I decided to participate in it. We took photos in the campus along with some professional instagram users that have thousands of followers and take really inspiring photos. It was a very nice opportunity to photograph METU and meet people who are also interested in photography.

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Some of the photos taken there will be shared by METU’s instagram page, you can also keep up with the photos by checking #odtumeet on instagram!

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Field Trip to Tuz Gölü and Cappadocia

Last week we had a trip to Tuz Gölü, Uçhisar and Zelve to analyze the spatial and topographical conditions. Tuz Gölü happens to be the second largest lake in Turkey and it has many different qualities and goes through a lot of change depending on the time of the year. It is naturally a very shallow lake and has many parts that are dry. Which means only the salt in it is exposed.

The area is an endless whiteness with only the horizon and the land around the lake as references. This provides a dominant horizontal experience. And because the experience is so homogeneous our eyes start seeking little differences or a direction to go in such a directionless, open and uninterrupted space.

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After visiting Tuz Gölü and producing maps we had a busy schedule in Uçhisar too. There, we analyzed the spatial qualities of the primitive dwellings carved in the topography. We tried to relate to architectural elements in the very basic form. The same study continued the next day in Zelve Open Air Museum.

 

Photographing Nature

 

I’ve been on a trip that made me realize I didn’t actually know the city I was born and raised in. As a “city kid” I never had the chance to get out of the city near Ankara. Vacations only meant going to cities with sights and beaches but with this small one-day trip I realised there are many places around Ankara that I can go for the sake of “being away” and breathing…