Ben staring at his phone

Photo by Gökçe Küçük

Interview with Gökçe Küçük
by Abel Ibáñez G.

What camera and other tools did you use to shoot this photograph?
Olympus Om2, Ilford Hp5 Plus 400.

Tell us about the place and time when this photograph was taken. What were you doing there that day?
It was at Shorncliffe Pier in Brisbane. I’m originally from Istanbul and I used to go by the sea to relax. Brisbane is far away from the ocean so it is a bit of a drive, but I remember feeling homesick and wanting to be near water.

What do you like the most about this photograph and why?
I like the grain and the ambiguity of the subject.

Was there anything that you can consider an influence or source of inspiration to create this photo?
I usually shoot colour but I wanted to try to do some black and white portraits.

Tell us something fun, interesting, weird or intense that happened at any point during the process of making this photo.
I was actually trying to picture the gorgeous moon behind my model, but as always, moon looks better in real life.

It was a perfect pink sky too, but as every analog photographer knows, you always have a black and white roll in your camera when you run into beautiful colours.

For this photo, did you do something completely different to what you normally do for other photos?
Well, shooting unfocused portraits of people isn’t something I usually do so I guess we can say that.

Did you learn something during the process of shooting this photo?
It’s impossible to get a good photo of the moon.

If you could have collaborated with anyone to shoot this photo, who would they be and why?
No, I’m too shy to collaborate with people.

Where and in which format would you like this photo to be exhibited?
Maybe in a small exhibition for portraits.