FEATURED MEMBER – Can Dagarslani

Posted on March 11, 2011




Graduating in 2006 from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Art, Istanbul, Can Dagarslani aged 26, became increasingly more interested in Photography while studying Architecture.

It all began in 2003 when Dagarslani started working on landscape shoots of different places that would bring out each city’s architectural plan. When Dagarlsani discovered lomography, his digital camera was putted aside for an analog camera that triggered his passion for photography.

His willingness to combine his architectural studies with photography in addition to his hidden interest for Jean-Luc Godard are the key aspects defining Can’s photographic style.


Q.  What does photography mean to you?
A.  Photography is all about creating a story but not a solo subject. The caption has to be a whole so that anyone could dream about the rest. I usually just let it all flow no strings attached and then wait for the incoming product. Eventually I am often satisfied.

Q.  Who are the artists you admire and why?
A.  Jean-Luc Godard is the first name that flashes into my mind among many others; tempting and exciting, annoying yet affectionate but always an impressive director. While watching one of his works, it often reminds me of questions about my own existence, something we always tend to forget.  

Q.  You are an architect. Can talk about your experience in the professional world?
A.  Life and culture are becoming solid. It sounds cool and it is indeed! After I draw piles of sketches and check my hands, I enjoy seeing them stained in all those pieces of colors. I mostly work on office projects, especially on old stone houses, which are my favorite. Right now, I’m working on a college campus project. I also had worked on social housing and shopping mall projects. My work seems very diversified and it is a stressful job, but I still enjoy it a lot.  

Q.  Can you talk about your interest in photography?
A.  When you shoot a face, you also happen to freeze the moment in the picture and obtain the soul behind that face. That is precisely what captures my interest; the idea of diving deeper into the secrets of humans or objects.

Q.  Is there a story behind your photography works?
A.  ”I have machines that let me see. They’re called eyes. To hear, ears. To talk, mouth. I feel there’s no connection between these machines.” (Pierrot Le Fou-1965).
This is where my story begins. I compose settings that move the viewer’s total existence. When they see a photograph, a work of mine, I want them to grind their teeth while sparkle appear in their eyes.

Q.  What were your subjects when you first started out?
A.  My educational background started it all, not me. I still love architectural photography, like a joining edge. A well-taken photograph can create the scene that a building is aiming for.

Q.  What were your inspirations?
A.  The empty void I often find myself in is represented by sounds and colors. Of course they come after Ece Seref!

Q.  How is it possible to combine architecture with photography? And how does it feel?
A.  It’s the best part of my work; I can even say that it is my favorite. To take pictures inside buildings in which I worked is like painting a hollow space that I, myself, have created out of nothing. Besides that, there is the sense of space that I get from architecture. A scene whispers a lot to us.


Q.  What are latest works?
A.  ”Peacetime resistance”; I guess it’s been a while since I did something new. Either I didn’t feel something new or it had to be that way.

Q.  Can you talk about any exhibition experience?
A.  ”As much as I’m not real, I have real dreams.”
Exhibition experience…. Perhaps the most ”real” one. I Would love to have one.

Q.  Do you have a favorite piece among your works?
A.  Can’t really point a single piece but I can count the series ”I Saw Your Face Today”. Sometimes hidden faces reveal far more than what the real ones do, especially in today’s world where phony ones are way too many.

Q.  Could you tell us more about your creative process?
A.  Rather than creating extraordinary compositions, I try to show the natural unnoticed beauty that exists. Therefore, they never have that ”woww!!” factor but people see themselves in their purest forms. Perhaps that’s my way of thinking out loud.

Q.  What equipment & techniques do you use professionally?
A.  It’s a good thing I’m not a big fan of professionalism. If I was, I’d have many obligations, maybe expensive necessities or maybe smiling faces. I can’t stand those. I use a Nikon fm2 camera and Holga and let me tell you I’m quite happy with those.

Q.  Are you working on new projects currently?
A.  I have good ideas in my attic and underground. They’re hiding for now. I can’t decide which one to start with. I’m eager to create something brand new.

Q.  What are your professional ambitions and your projects for 2011?
A.  No one recognizes me; I guess I have to work on that.

Q.  How do you hope Pelime can help with this?
A.  I tell my own story and it feels like Pelime listens to me. It’s a platform that helps me share those tiny sentences and images.


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