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5 & 3/4 QUESTIONS

RENGIM MUTEVELLIOGLU

CURRENT RESIDENCE: ANKARA, TURKEY

COUNTRY OF ORGIN: TURKEY

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1. Describe yourself and your work? I’m a 23-year-old girl who’s currently working as a freelance photographer in Turkey. I started photography while living in New York and studied visual arts in Paris. I like to tell stories through a documentary style or in a conceptualized manner. People are at the heart of my photography in some way or another.

2. How did you get started? My parents started dragging me to various museums at an early age so I’ve always had this affinity towards art. Creating was a big part of my life. At 11 years old, I decided to take control of the family camera and take pictures. People kept encouraging me, and I got serious about it when I started getting attention online and features in magazines. 

3. What piece of work best represents you and why? This is an incredibly hard question since the mind immediately jumps to selecting a favorite image (not that that makes it any easier to choose a single one). Since I may have a different perception of myself than others have of me, I’m making my final choice based on what mood might best describe myself and my work. Something calm, suspended in time, and leaving the viewer wondering.

4. What are you currently into? I’m interested in looking into the relationship between model and photographer through the eye of a female photographer, focusing on female representation in a way that explores how women interact with my camera. I see my models not simply as objects or one-dimensional characters but as active, able actors (or actresses in this case) who are as responsible in the creation process as I am.

5. Three things you’ve learned that young creatives should know.

1. Never stop creating. Even if you don’t feel like it, the smallest sketch can generate a spark in your creativity. Write a dirty limerick, draw a stick figure, take a picture of your cat.

2. Have a keen sense of observation. Be curious about everything. If you’re a visual artist, constantly look around you and observe your surroundings. Use your eyes all the time. Associate your work with stuff in the real world and familiarize yourself with them.

3. Learn how to take advice. Don’t take it negatively, but on the other hand, don’t feel pressured to follow it if you don’t feel comfortable with it. People will try to steer you; consider that road, consider what that road could potentially bring to you, but feel free to take the opposite direction.

5¼. Fave color: I’ve always really loved red.

5½. Fave website: reddit. I feel like this is huge cop-out answer since reddit doesn’t cater to a single interest, but I do spend the majority of my time there glossing over all kinds of topics.

5¾. Pet peeve: People who wear hats indoors.