As she sees it
Documentary photographer Suzan Pektas is intrigued by the existence of individuals and their personal environment.
Suzan Pektas is a self-taught photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey, a city that has inspired much of her work. With a focus on what she calls the “unseen stories” of daily life, Pektas captures characters lost in their own inner worlds.
“I am mostly concerned with the existence and consciousness of the individual,” the artist writes. “Many of these individuals, irrespective of the space they exist in, are in a deep solitude, untouched. I aim to capture and recreate this solitude, not in a sad sense, but rather as an appreciation of ordinary people and their singular consciousness. I want to create a connection to our emotional layers and to show how intense they are and how they shape us.”
We find her work compelling as she takes moments in time that we usually keep to ourselves. These moments are not shareable as they are observed so quick that they disappear instantly. With the medium of photography this is interesting as it makes us re-live certain moments where we were not present.