Serkan Tekin (b. 1982) is a Turkish street photographer also known as umagumag on social media. He is a self-made photographer and lives in Istanbul which is a really wonderful city for street photography. He is trying to make my art with the opportunities given by Istanbul streets and people. The streets are his playground. His photos are about visions from Istanbul streets.
His most valuable way of self-expression. Geometric components, comic-strange-funny coincidences and especially humour are main themes in his frames/images.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
Exhibitions - Awards
The Brussels Street Photography Festival - FINALIST - 2019
San Francisco Street Photography Festival - FINALIST - 2019
Miami Street Photography Festival - FINALIST - 2019
London Street Photography Festival - FINALIST - 2019
International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention - 2019
Degrees and exhibitions in various national competitions and years in Turkey.
Turkish Photography Foundation - FOTOSFER Photography Culture Magazine (2022 "We set off from streets")
Mankind thinks it's the only ruler of the world. But it's not. We're not alone in the world. The world belongs to all living beings.There are many other living beings than humans. Trees, cats, dogs, birds, even fish in the sea.
Purpose of all the photos in this collection, whether funny, sad or weird, is to draw attention to animals I come across in city life and express my respect to them. I asked to myself; how could I express my respect for their struggle for existence most effectively with street photography? I think this collection is the answer to that question.
WAGMI is our strong motto in the NFT world. Since I want to draw attention to the animals in the city life, I thought of using this slogan. "We Animals Gonna Make It". If I can raise awareness on this issue with this collection, then I can say that this slogan has found its place. Indeed, all these animals I have come across are trying to survive despite urbanization and human domination all over the world.
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