Varol Ozkaner

"Photography stands out as one of a unique forms of art that enable you to push the boundaries and produce arts perpetually."

What's your first name?
Varol

What's your last name?
Ozkaner

Nice to meet you, Varol! May we have your email address, please?
varol@varolozkaner.com

What's your Instagram username Varol? We'd love to check it out!
instagram.com/varolonline/

What is your location, Varol?
Country
Turkey

State / Region
Istanbul

Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Varol, how would you best describe yourself?
Photographer

Our readers would love to get to know you more Varol. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
To me, photography is one of the most profound ways of telling tales that contribute to how we should perceive our environment and be proactive.
Today there is literally a booming effect in technology, and there is not a single day that something new comes out gear wise. There is always a new gear and photography related software introduced catching on with photography enthusiasts. 
It has come to a certain point where you can visualise and produce a great deal of artwork individually using recent hi tech developments without the requirement of enormous investments, which makes it more accessible to create what you have in mind. To sum it up, photography stands out as one of unique forms of art that enable you to push the boundaries and produce arts perpetually. 

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos?
Keep interviewing me!

What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Varol?
I've been in the business for roughly two decades now. Did numerous campaign and editorial shootings globally so far. But still, make sure to practice and study upcoming gear and software introduced to the market no less than an hour every day. 
My goal is basically to create images I haven't had any attempt to until now

How do you communicate with people Varol? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I always pay special attention to listen first to figure out people's needs. We go over what they need and even get some test shots and discuss referring the proof sheets draft sketches that guide us to concur with each other. It definitely is more of an aspiring journey for a photographer to lead the demands of a client to a scale that they will be able to take advantage of in the long term. You need to be patient from scratch through the whole process to get to have all the effort pay off. 

If you had to do it over again, what would you change Varol?
There seems not much I'd want to have happened differently, as you wind up having learned a lot from everything you face. Even from stuff you think have had nothing to do with what you are involved in as a photographer.

Who is your hero Varol, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
There are some many inspiring artists around, both pioneers and upcoming ones. What I believe is that as artists we should be influenced one from another, and provide artwork as a source of inspiration for others in return. The crucial part is that an artist is free to adore other creative people without considering them heroes, as this kind of a point of view is likely to prevent one from creating freely and cause develop an attitude that no longer lets you be able to create art uniquely since it might interfere with what your so called hero would do if that person were in your shoes. So I think the only hero you should refer to is the potential you that is to create something that will unveil new pathways of forms of art. 

How important are creative education courses Varol? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
While an academic background is always is what contributes to your career through your professional experience, we should consider all these numerous self-thought artists that got started with arts as a hobby and wound up respected professionals.
I did my undergrad degree at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Photography and filmmaking were my major at the College. Happy to have had the opportunity to study photography back then, since I've had the chance to learn a lot both from the academic staff, which I used to assist, and others doing the same degree. Even going through a short period course is what could bring about a new way of looking at things that you were never introduced to before, and trigger you to get involved in photography and arts more than you were. 

Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
As I said, doing a degree in a field associated with arts in general, which I think appears to be the best move to learn and produce arts, or going to a course in case you do not have a chance to do a degree is what helps you get started. Talent is one thing, but it is all about how much you practice. So be sure to take as many photos as you can without trying to be perfect, as you will progress in time anyways. Remember to share ideas with others and collaborate.

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Photographer: Varol Ozkaner @varolonline