Even though he has an obsession to sharpness, he couldn't say no to the sleek style of The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. As a result, photographer, art director, and digital artist Yılmaz Başar Babür ended up bringing it along with him regularly.
Hi! Please tell us more about yourself and how you got started with photography?
I was born in Istanbul in 1981. I worked in various branches in the visual field for 17 years. The photography is 8 years old for me. I chose to learn, discover, and experiment by myself. Photography began as an obsessive hobby when I was an adventurous director and turned into a journey from exhibitions to post-photojournalism, introduction photography, awarding, and creating beautiful projects with familiar faces.
How did you find the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens and what did you feel upon seeing it?
There is a story behind this answer. I saw it on a table with the girl with big eyes who has come to Yeldeğirmeni to eat tiramisu for the first time. Even though I was very curious about the lens and even the girl was looking familiar, I couldn’t ask. Then I did remember; she was on my Facebook list for years and years but we had no chance to talk before. So we talked, met and The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens has entered to my life with her big eyes. We took photos through the days we spend in Yeleğirmeni. First it was kinda scary but then I couldn’t stop myself from using it. Focus and bokeh control were nice experiments.
While using The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens, did you have any interesting moments?
The weight of the lens and the feeling when you get used to it reflects on your models and you’re taking much more joyful photos. My friends asked questions about the lens, I saw so many questions in other people’s eyes. I believe that every object has their own attraction so I saw so many friends and had chance to shoot them. There were jokes that I won the Golden Objective award.
What makes a photo perfect?
I can not fit any of the expressions or functions of the picture in my own frame. A single box and a sense of sight in it is a "moment" that stubbornly stays on. It can make you angry, smile, in your memories that can drag you into a neuron journey. If you wish, you will have the weapon of politics, the media if necessary. Because we stop and believe that what we stand for is real. The fact is a fact created; I like photography... For this reason, I am not looking for a constant reality when taking photos and arranging. I believe there is a fine line between what you show and what the viewer sees.
Which photos that you took with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens satisfied you the most?
If your photos had a soundtrack, which song would be in it?
I guess Fırtınayt album from Büyük Ev Ablukada, Arayan Bulur and Hayaletler would be on top. Then Imany Slow Down . Fytch ft. Carmen Forbes, In These Shadows would be nice. The Gaslamp Killer, In The Dark, Ten Walls, Walking With Elephants, Arcade Fire, Reflektor, Mazhar Alanson, Bozup Yeniden Yapmaktır İşim, Sezen Aksu, Kibir, The Peach Kings, Lonely, Ninet, Crazy, and then end with Sufle’s cover Köprüaltı .
We know you’re a digital person but what are your thoughts about analog?
My grandfather was the first and only photo journalist and analog film and camera shop owner of the Bitlis, Turkey in 1930’s. I guess I inherited his name “Yılmaz” and his eyes who died in the same year I born. My relationship with photography was started with the digital age and I wasn’t really love in with souvenir photos when I was a kid. Even analog world is far away from me as much as my grandfather, it offers a beautiful and retro universe to its fancier.
What kind of things inspire you and how do you decide what you shoot?
Life is already so inspiring. What you see is depend on where you look. I’m trying to look at life with understanding people. Every place I look has boxes and every box has its true and false. I guess this balance gives me the inspiration I need. There are different ways to reach truth even if truth has different conditions.
In my studies, I love to keep each box in its own reality and to be different from each other. Like other houses, worlds, dreams, windows open to the eye. I like being in the street, being in the studio, being in the sets. I believe in the spirits of the emerging squares. I think it's the only form skeleton for me in the photo. I like to see a balance, an exit, a logic. As a life form; I do not believe in fixed forms.
Do you have an artist that influences your style?
It's hard to be impressed by great artists like Jan Saudek, Jiddhu Krishnamurti and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Can you express yourself in 3 words?
Septic, hedonist, pantheist.
What are your recommendations when using The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens?
Aperture rings and its ability to produce its own bokeh are absolutely a must try. Although the sharpness setting seems difficult, they can take magical photos with good concentration.