Hide-and-seek

On the verge of shadow and light, Eylül Aslan's photographs are expressions of intimacy playing with disguise.

Born in Istanbul, now based in Berlin, the photographer focuses the lens of her camera on the exploration of female body, fuelled by her own experience of living as a woman in the conservative Turkish society. Her photographs are a way of escapism from the male gaze, they are a safe place where she positions herself and her subjects only in the gaze of her own camera. Her challenging approach and feminism were instilled in her by her very liberal mother, who also gave her the first camera which impelled her on the way of pursuing photography as the means of expressing her own views and conveying a strong message touching upon the position of women in Turkey.

Eylül’s images are a play of light and shadow, yet always colourful and with a sense of warmness. Slightly surreal at times, the subjects of her photographs are shown in fragments or partially hidden, evoking a game of hide-and-seek.

 

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Eylül Aslan: Portfolio, tumblr, Facebook, Instagram
Text: Gabriela Holesova

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