Eye and Spirit in Aphrodisias

Süleyman Tutuş

Süleyman Tutuş

Süleyman Tutuş

Süleyman Tutuş

He was born in Sivas in 1973. After high school he studied camerawork and worked as a reporter cameraman for a regional TV channel. He completed his higher education in Gazi University Technical Education Faculty in 1998. He started taking Tourism and Travel photos for a Los Angeles-based advertising agency In 2013. He completed the Photography and Camerawork Associate Degree program at Anadolu University in 2016. He gained success in national and international photography competitions.

Human history dating back thousands of years has developed various methods to pass on the knowledge, skills and vital experiences to the next generations. They decorated the cave walls with paintings, as the first way to convey their age in the simplest way. As civilizations were established and human experiences and attainments increased, the forms of expression changed, developed and diversified. Undoubtedly, sculptures are among those that have resisted the time the most and survived until today.

So I aimed to communicate between them and us. I took photos of some of the local people who are the artists of the sculptors who lived in the ancient city of Aphrodisias and the people they carved on the marble. I tried to add identity and soul to the uniquely crafted sculptures by using these photographs. I tried to give meaning to their expressions by combining the dull and expressionless eyes of the statues with the gaze of their heirs.

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