Black and white photography is a challenging yet rewarding medium. It takes a mind that explores and utilizes it creatively, to produce truly stunning and moving images.
Onur Ozen, an artist based in Canakkale and Istanbul, has used B&W photography techniques to tell stories, through aptly captured photographs and videos, about time, space, and the artist’s intimacy with them. Ozen’s talent for visual storytelling is revealed through his art projects, themed around places and faces around the world, creating beautiful and melancholic images of nature, cities, and people.
Ozen’s latest project entitled “Ida: The Story of a Mountain” experiences the region of Mount Ida to explore the relationship between human and nature through the artist’s personal relationship with the mountain as the place where he grew up. A previous project, entitled “Maloik,” explored the heavy metal subculture through portraits of subjects in Italy and Turkey. Ozen’s “Florence” project aims to discover and recreate his own version of the city through walking, while touching upon the themes of estrangement to society and boredom. With techniques such as multiple exposure, the artist’s ethereal images make their way into our dreams.
Scroll down to view some of Ozen’s beautiful pieces: