Berlin Through the Eyes of Photographer, Elif Kucuck


 

Elif Kücük is the Berlin based photographer and blogger behind Castor&Pollux. Kücük shares photos from her 'Sur Face' and 'Encounters' series giving us an intimate glimpse at some of the most creative people traveling and living in Berlin. Read what inspires her process and learn about a few of her favorite things.

 

 
Elif Kücük

Elif Kücük


 
 

It’s hard for me to define my creative process and to frame the inspiration behind it. There is really nothing in particular I could point at. Honestly, the source for my inspiration could be anything: Colors, random scenes on the street, face expressions from strangers or loved ones, sounds and songs, structures, food, scents, people’s stories and my own mood of course. The only thing I could say for sure is that I am a true workaholic. Once I have an idea everything has to happen immediately. I hate to wait and risk the ideas in my head to fade away. 

Pictures such as photographs influence the way we perceive things even before we can actually visually encounter them. We walk around with certain images in our head. I personally tend to think and remember in images, in stills and captions, often also in past photos I saw.

But I know that photos are just a tiny glimpse of what the eye captures. Photography simulates a standstill that was never real to begin with. It’s a designed, artificially captured moment of a scene, often carefully curated to reflect a reality quite often distinct to the reality that was set in motion. As such, it gives you the chance to comment and interpret the world around you and mould according to your desires."


I LIKE MY COFFEE MILD AND MILKY.


Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian of Darkmatter Poetry.

Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian of Darkmatter Poetry.


BOOKS: FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKI’S 'THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV', DOROTHEE ELMIGER’S 'SCHLAFGÄNGER', SENTHURAN VARATHARAJAH’S 'VOR DER ZUNAHME DER ZEICHEN'


-WORDS BY ELIF KÜCÜK

I MUST ADMIT, I DON'T HAVE ANY FAVORITE ARTISTS OR PHOTOGRAPHERS, LIKE I DON'T HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR.


Linda of LookslikeBerlin

My taste in music is very diverse. My playlist consists of musicians like London Grammar, Midlake, Drake, Fakear, Bon Iver but also Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and Alevi traditional songs. 


PLACE TO TRAVEL:
LAST YEAR I VISITED TOKYO FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS BEFORE AND REMAINS MY FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL SO FAR. AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO VIETNAM NEXT SPRING.