February 06, 2011

Picturing Istanbul from a New Perspective

While the phenomenon of photoshopping is becoming increasingly popular, the art of manually manipulating pictures is something becoming increasingly rare.

With the most basic equipment and only the will to capture and subjectively change the visual settings of Istanbul, Jean Arakelian is on a mission to reinvent Istanbul with his own perspectives, quirky ideas and long hours of “urban research.”

Arakelian, a French-Armenian photographer who lives in the historical Balat area, tries to capture the social and aesthetic parts of Istanbul, but similarly adopts a re-constructive approach by manually manipulating his pictures.

“It’s really handmade stuff, without any help from technological instruments,” he told Daily News’ City Brief.

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