Woman is a being through which man feel connected to nature as woman is very similar to nature in birth-giving and life-blooming characteristics. That is why many languages use the term of ‘mother nature’ while referring to nature. Since she is the bridge between life and man, and the forgiving despite all. She is able to recreate herself and that is the source to her characteristics. Woman not only causes a miracle by giving birth, but also has the ability to reconstitute herself spiritually.And she fulfills this by putting herself into the center.
And yet ‘Budding’, the exhibition by Emel Karakozak depicts these characteristics of woman using all the aesthetic and composition figures of photography. Though the word ‘budding’ reminds us of the ’body’ in English, it means ‘reproduction, regain of life, regeneration of a cell’. Just like the photography of Karakozak…
– How and when did you become interested in photography?
On my high school times, photography was an auxiliary equipment for my paintings but it because a passion and after that I started to paint with photographs.
– Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
I’m also an admire of Mary Ellen Mark. I think she is very good at transfering photographs which are pure-poetry like and involves women sensitivity.
– Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
Her style helps my black-white minimalist approach, besides it provides balance between existence and extinction.
– How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
My artworks duration may change but to be.
– Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?
‘Visuallity is my predominant side… I have been used photo language and I love this phrase. Maybe it does not contain letters, brushes and hammer blows but it has a scene and fiction in its own world… Neither nature nor people; has a integrity and continuity formed by a continuous chain. Everything is aimed to understand the whole. Life and death which described at thesame time in my bipolar photography is a example of my hybrid expression.’