During my early childhood years in Istanbul, I was inspired by the natural and textural diversity of the land and the Black Sea stretching north of the city.
A short video (age 1 to 4 ) from 8mm films
Electronics was another appealing mystery. I spent a lot of time drawing all sorts of electronic gadgets. Interestingly the most attractive devices for me were stuff like microphones, tape machines, catode ray tubes -yes, I once wantedone as a birthday present :) -, spotlights, cameras, etc... which were all linked to show business somehow!
And music was another mystery which later evolving into a passion for electronic music.
My first favorite records were Shadows LPs and a disco LP called Hot R.S. I was 4 then. The songs, Slow Blow or Delta Queen on the latter one were my favourites, and I kept asking my parents to play it over and over again. Naturally, in those years I couldn't possibly grasp the reason behind the blushed faces of my parents, that were caused by the erotic pre-orgasm screams of a woman, in the song!
My first musical instruments were a mandolin and a bomtempi acoustic toy piano when I was 4 years old. The black keys on the piano were missing, so I broke a hole under the tines and bended them to get eerie buzzing sounds out of it. Then my first electronic instrument came; it was a mini keyboard with rubber keys like a pocket calculator, called Electron Echo Piano; then a Casio PT, followed by an MT, then a Yamaha PSS680, then a 790, then a Roland U-220, JV80, JD990, 1080, XV5080, Korg Z1, Triton, Prophecy, Virus.... now just software synthesizers. :)
One of my favorites toy was viewmaster which is a stereoscopic image viewer with thousands of image reels of 3D photos taken all around the world between the 50ies to the 70ies.. Those images are so realistic (and poetic in a way) that you feel you're looking through a window of a time/place travel ship. To see the stereo images of frozen-in-time people, makes you afraid yet fascinated. And if the instant is from a mountain top, looking down the earth, you lose your balance and you're amazed of the height. And sometimes those instants are from far cultures, they confuse you and you wonder.
I still keep the reels and the original viewer from my childhood along with reels I collected later. Perhaps viewmaster was one influence that led me to be a photographer.
I could never be sure of what to be when I grow up and I kept changing my mind. Either a news reporter, a doctor, a musician, a cameraman, or a scientist...
And I'm not sure yet! :)