Turkish Soap Operas and Social Unrest Collide in Surreal Photos
In his ongoing project City of Dreams, photographer Guy Martin has created a compellingly strange visual concoction. He’s sprinkled shots from last year’s Gezi Park protests between photos taken on sets of Turkish soap operas.
Seen together, the photos create a beautiful, inquisitive look at the current state of political and cultural affairs in Turkey and the surrounding region.
“When I first started combining the photos I thought I was losing my marbles or was going through some kind of creative existential crisis,” says Martin, who just won the CENTER Project Launch Grant for the work. “But eventually it started to come together.”
Martin first turned to soap operas because he needed to change things up. He was horribly wounded in the same attack that killed Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on the streets of Libya back in 2011, and vowed afterwards to stay away from war zones and conflict photography. Once he was well enough to start shooting again, however, he couldn’t shake his attraction to stories about power and struggle.