A group of Syrian craftsmen came to Istanbul as a result of the current situation in Syria. They didn’t bring lots of tools or blue prints with them, but they surely brought their talent and experience. Settling down in Istanbul is a challenge by itself. On top of the language barrier, low wages, high prices, having a family to provide for makes it harder. It is even more difficult when you have a son that needs expensive medicine, and this makes you leave your country and family in order to be able to afford it.
When I first visited Istanbul in 2013 I was fascinated by the architecture, especially in mosques. In this project I am exploring, not just architecture in mosques, but trying to capture the spirit of mosques in Turkey. Documenting the architecture, people and events are all part of it.
I have always been fascinated and interested to learn more about handcrafts. To me, when something is done by hand it is far more valuable and has much more character and soul than machined stuff. This is an on going project where I document some of these fascinating craftsmen whenever I stumble upon one of them.