Over the past few years, Yener Torun has taken his camera out into the streets of the city he calls home, Istanbul, Turkey. He disregards the traditionally captured grand mosques, old streets and baroque statues and chooses to document contemporary building works - in a totally new light.
“Lines, patterns, textures and shapes in architecture have been a part of my life for a long time, and that helps me to see some details much more easily,” he explains. “And since I’ve been in the construction business for almost 10 years, I am usually aware of the new projects in the city and that helps me to find the best places for shooting.”
In just a couple of months Yener found that people were engaging with his images, thanks not only to their aesthetic qualities but also, due to the fact that people had never previously associated such contemporary colour and bold design with Turkey. Outside of Istanbul, the city is often known for its mystical, Eastern qualities, but displaying the city’s modern and more Western face creates a more striking effect.
Istanbul has been changing for a long time, but people always chose to stick to the nostalgic part of it, especially when it comes to photography. The strong lines and vibrant tones in Yener’s images have brought attention to the lesser-known, modern, suburban areas of the city. He uses these new buildings as raw materials to create work of art and to document the development in the outskirts of the city. So here’s to finding fresh themes and inspiration in alternative city views.