Mention Turkey, and it’s images of ornate Ottoman-style architecture that probably pop into mind, not colorful, Wes Anderson-esque buildings. Time to shift perspectives, because Yener Torun – whose work we’ve featured before – is actively trying to change this mindset by photographing the colourful and lesser-known architecture around Turkey. And considering his Instagram account’s 160,000 followers, what he’s doing seems to be working out quite well.
Over the years, the architect and photographer has dedicated time and effort to his cause. Location scouting isn’t just a one-time affair for Torun: once he’s found his subject, it could take him multiple visits over weeks, months or even a year to inspect and study the optimal conditions needed to capture the perfect shot. Patience is truly a virtue, but so is his discerning eye for composing balanced, geometric and minimalist frames that highlight the city’s cache of surprising architectural elements.
While word-of-mouth leads him to some interesting and original places, Torun admits that’s there’s a lot of walking and wandering involved – an aspect that he finds rather enjoyable and extremely rewarding especially when he stumbles upon a fascinating, vividly-colored structure that fits the aesthetic of his ongoing project. Through Torun’s lens, Turkey transforms into a sprawling urban playground filled with visual treasures in every corner. Enjoy his newest imagery below, and follow his Instagram and his website for more.
Images © Yener Torun / with permission