We’ve all probably had stories of discouraging figures in our lives who try to keep us away from what we are so dearly passionate of. For me that was my undergraduate photography professor.
Most of us, I hope, also had inspirational figures to actually save them from such discouragements and set them back on the right track. For me that was Ara Guler, master photojournalist in Turkey, who has sadly passed away last night.
With my professor’s discouraging guidance, I ended up taking my portfolio at the time to Mr. Guler, whom I have always looked up to and who at the time hung out at his small and friendly cafe in Istanbul, Turkey, and told him my story and my passion in photography.
He kindly greeted me with a smile on his face and accepted me to his table for a short yet life changing chat. I told him about my worries as well as my creative perspective on how I see the world and would like others to see it. After going through my portfolio, he looked at me and said “Forget about your professor. Go do what makes you happy!” Never allow others to discourage you from what you are passionate of. Be with people who can empower you as well as you mutually doing the same for them. Thank you Ara Guler for being such an iconic figure in my life and for what you have given to the world. Rest in Peace! 🙏🏼 / #discoveraround
Sorry for all the balloons guys but I have a fever and the only cure is more balloons. Here's another sunrise over Myanmar. Wrote a blog post about it a few weeks ago. Check it out if you're interested.
"В этот памятный вечер все пламенело, пламенел и Дворец; все же прочее, не вошедшее в пламень, отемнялось медлительно; отемнялась медлительно вереница линий и стен в то время, как там, на сиреневом погасающем небе, в облачках-перламутринках, разгорались томительно все какие-то искрометные светочи; разгорались медлительно какие-то легчайшие пламена.
Ты сказал бы, что зарело там прошлое." А. Белый "Петербург"