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Born and cultured in Turkey, Olgaç Bozalp has spent the last decade of his life in London, bestowing him with a hybrid perspective of the Eastern and Western worlds. His cultural awareness and sensitivity to personal identities mixed with fashion and documentary is what makes his work feel simultaneously nostalgic and alien. Olgaç explores the world of his subjects by frequently shooting in their homes, providing an intimate portrayal between subject and photographer that is undeniably captivating and informative. Olgaç has most recently been featured in British Journal of Photography's "Ones to Watch" photographers of 2019, and Aperture’s "Element of Style" issue, that investigates the role of style, dress, and beauty in the formation of individual identity.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
I am more inspired by how nature shapes culture. How we respond to our climate, and surroundings frames our personality. Geographically speaking, people in cities can be more individualist, whereas in remote locations where resources are more scarce, people come together forming a bigger sense of community. I like to capture people in their environments, it tells a lot about who they are.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
Given the situation happening right now with the COVID-19 virus, our ecosystem has benefitted from the lack of industrial manufacturing, less traffic and air travel, our CO2 emissions have improved significantly. If we continue to be conscious of our impact on the planet then perhaps coming out of this we will eventually have a thriving ecosystem.