"This is the first night I sleep at the home of the Kaplan family. We lay beside each other like a rosary, feet next to faces. Me at the end next to big brother Ali, 20. On the other side is dad Hüseyin, 40; snoring. The little ones are tucked into the middle. Above us is the booming noise of traffic, it’s late summer and the air is raw and damp. I tug the blanket I stole from the hotel further up, over my nose, but the bitter cold and the acrid stench of garbage, urine, and greasy food still gets through. Also, beyond that, the highway smell: exhaust fumes, asphalt, burned rubber.
We sleep on randomly dug up carpets and blankets, our rest provided us by the viaduct’s concrete foundation. The night is jet black. I lay awake listening to the sound of stray dogs chasing rats in and out of refuse bins, accompanied by the whispering of people’s feet sneaking past us in the gravel..."
From the foreword by Anders Petersen
"Stefan is invited both as a friend and a photographer and he is aware of the responsibillity this invitation brings. You´ll find his pictures full of despair and tenderness, focusing on the humanity we share. He knows that photography is not all about photography. In the end, it is the encounter that matters the most."
My work is mainly based around the human condition from different perspectives. Questions like who am I and why? The encounter with others. And the absence of it.
My first major project ”The Family” (2002-2009) was in 2010 published as a book with the same name. It is a documentary story about a nomad family in Turkey. The work is about the exclusion faced by poor, but also on the ability to relate to poverty and not become a victim of circumstances.
”Stasis” is a work in progress, a personal journey photographed at several different locations. The work reflects unconscious inner symbols and landscapes, where the location and context is subordinated. The work is more about trying to define a state of mind and formulate myself about the illusory experience of the world.
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