My name is Serhat Beyazkaya (@serhatbeyazkaya on Instagram ) and I am a 34 year old, self-taught photographer from Istanbul, Turkey. I turned my inspiration into action nearly 6 years ago which makes me feel like somewhat of an old timer, however, when I look back, I feel like this helped me be more decisive in my photography and allowed me to easily identify what inspired me or which direction I wanted to go as a photographer. With that in mind, it is never too late to start a new hobby or make your dreams a reality.
Are you a professional photographer?
The question that I always get. If being professional is making money from it, no I am not. To be honest, I still don’t earn a living from my photography. For now, I consider myself a professional because of my dedication to photography. I am constantly working on improving myself and my work. I try to save money to purchase new equipment or visit new cities that I have always dreamed of shooting. This keeps my photography practice alive!
If I am not earning money from photography then what is my motivation?
Empty spaces, lonely faces. This is a general theme I like to photograph by - like I’ve written in my bio on Instagram. Without a doubt, art and photography are ways of expressing feelings. Some people write songs, paint, sculpt, draw graffiti while some others shoot movies or catch the moment by photographing it, like I do.
My whole life, I had some lonely part inside of me. My eyes were always searching for the physical reflection of my feelings or the scenes I would play out in my head, they already existed, I just needed to find them. After I improved my photography skills, I began to pursue this need to capture these moments.
Still to this day, I am not a one style shooter; although, I prefer to shoot street, urban and landscape photography. I emphasize the natural patterns, colours, lights & shadows I find when I am photographing. These are all important elements in my photography that I feel help preserve my theme and intention behind my photos. I personally believe why you shoot is more important than what you shoot.