GR: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live.
EG: At college I studied Graphic Design and worked a bit in the field for a couple of years. After moving to Istanbul in 2004, I did motion graphics and videos but soon my interest shifted from moving image to still frame. Istanbul has a dynamic, chaotic energy which really fuels me, but once in awhile I think of taking off to other places like the far east.
GR: Inspiration / influences?
EG: I don't have a specific source of inspiration. It can be the music I'm listening to or just my general mood. If I have to name a few, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Cindy Sherman and my all time favorite director Stanley Kubrick. They have all influenced me in the way they combine aesthetics and concept.
GR: What kind of camera(s) do you shoot with?
EG: I use both Phase One medium format camera with a digital back and Canon 5D.
GR: Favorite band(s) at the moment.
EG: Guns N Roses, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, White Denim. I'm very old school.
GR: How did you become interested in fashion photography?
EG: A chain reaction of coincidences. As I mentioned before, I was doing motion graphics when I first moved to Istanbul. During this time I shared an office with a couple of friends. One day we got robbed and all the computers and equipment got stolen. So we had to close down the firm -never underestimate the importance of insurance!-. After which I started working as an art director at a photography studio. After some time I started shooting my own photos and so eventually discovered my actual passion.
GR: Favorite alcoholic beverage.
EG: Beer. I'm a simple man.
GR: Do you have any tips/tricks to share with someone just starting out in photography?
EG: Play around, be experimental! I just bought a new small film camera, Ricoh, with which I randomly take photographs with. This helps me to shift my frame of mind and think out of the box. It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner or pro. You should always explore. I guess the curiosity to discover the new is what keeps me going.
GR: You have $8 in your wallet, what do you spend it on?
EG: I like french fries.
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