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Yucel Basoglu: Inspirational BW seascape photographer

by Carla DLM 



Yucel Basoglu  is an active member of the 1X community. He is widely known for his black and white seascape photography. His art has been recognized with several international awards. Regarding his work, he says: “The unique memories, moods and feelings of the day are ingrained in my photos”. It was a great pleasure for me to interview him and get to know him better, both as a person and a photographer.  Thank you Yucel!

Briefly tell us about yourself
I was born in Switzerland in 1967. I am actually Turkish and currently live in Istanbul. It may feel a little cliché but I have been interested in photography since my childhood. My first camera was an analog Minolta bought by my father. I also had a semi-automatic camera. In those early days, I primarily focused on portraits. My photographic technique and perspective have certainly evolved since then.



Why are you interested in Seascape Photography?
I love nature. I am particularly passionate about seascape photography. The beautiful interplay between waves and rocks synthesize the power of nature in a unique way. The ocean is also unpredictable. One moment it can be serene and gentle and it can suddenly become wild and threatening. I jump on every opportunity to travel to the coast, especially in windy and cloudy weather. Being at the shore fills me with peace. Some people feel that my photos are dark. On the contrary, I delight in that gloomy weather.



Could you describe your work process? Please add examples.
I become impatient when a few days pass without taking a photo. I am constantly checking weather reports, waiting for the perfect occasion for shooting my photographs. Whenever favorable conditions (wind, cloudy or stormy weather) approach, I get my equipment ready. I clean my camera and prepare my memory cards, batteries and filters. I carefully prepare my trip using satellite photos. I prefer to discover original views that differ from the usual ones taken by local residents or that appear in social media. I typically start my trips in the early morning. The rocky shores I normally visit can be treacherous. Safety is a top priority. It is crucial to use appropriate clothes and pack extra food. Being stuck in a remote spot is always a possibility. Fortunately, I managed to escape danger on many occasions. This will not deter me from shooting seascapes. The ocean is my passion.



Do your images have a story behind? They have a special meaning to you or do you look for the technical perfection?
I never hit the road with the sole purpose of taking photos or trying new techniques. The unique memories, moods and feelings of the day are ingrained in my photos. This is one of the reasons why I do not name my pictures. Summarizing a special moment in a couple of words is impossible.



I believe you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph, if that is the case, can you describe the steps you follow to pursue your objectives?
Even when I establish the location for my pictures well in advance, I sometimes spend plenty of time after arrival trying to identify the ideal points for shooting. On some occasions, I even have to return on a different day. In general I improvise, shooting from several different angles. The amount of long exposure I use is determined by a combination of factors, including weather conditions, shapes of waves and location of rocks. My ultimate goal is to capture the majesty of nature and the sea.


What goes through your mind during a shoot. Do you have any inspiration?
My mood of the moment controls my shooting style. After spending an entire day taking photos, I can postpone editing them until I recreate the same mood. I want my photos to reflect my life experiences.



What is your favorite work of you and why?
Every photograph is unique and occupies a special place in my heart. I never view them merely as technical challenges. I can tell a full story for each of them. My works are more than photos to me; they are an integral part of myself.



Do you have any favorite equipment/gear/software to achieve your final result?
I use a Canon 5D Mark III camera and I am very pleased with it. I always use a 17-40 f/4L lens. I edit my pictures with Photoshop CC.



Is there any future project that you working on now and you want to tell us about?
I have a preliminary thought, rather than a project. I am extremely excited about it and have made preparations for a long time. Turkey is a country with a millenary tradition and we have many precious historical artifacts. I want to photograph them in black and white using long exposure. Of course this project will reflect my style.



Do you have any photographer(s) that you admire? If that is the case, explain please.
There are several photographic artists I admire. I got inspiration from the techniques of some photographers when I started working on long exposure. Most of them are minimalist artists. If I mentioned some names, I would definitely be unfair to many.



Did you have any exhibitions of your work, if you did, tell us about them? If you have future exhibitions, please also tell us about them.
I haven’t held a personal exhibition in my country yet, but I have participated in several combined exhibitions and photograph festivals as a guest. I am looking forward to having an individual exhibition in Istanbul in the near future.



1x has become an excellent source for people looking for high quality images on the Internet. It has become a reference for quality for me. I would like to thank dear Carla and all 1X curators for this interview.

Check out Yucel Basoglu's website


tebrikler Yücel bey
cok tesekkur ederim Aylin hanım . selamlar.!!!
Complement , i like your style !
Thank you so much dear friend Rolf , greetings!!!
Yucel, in your photos, very much close to me, atmosphere and mystery. Always glad to see your new works!
I'm very glad you like it dear friend Mikhail !!!!, Thanks a lot !!!! gretings !!!
Tebrikler Yücel Hocal.. Selamlar...
cok tesekkur ederim sevgili Murat , selamlar.!
Wonderful interview ! Great Artist Yucier ! And wonderful work!
Thank you so much dear friend Teruhiko , greetings!!!
Tebrik ederim Bücel bey. Selamlar.
cok tesekkur ederim Ramiz bey , selamlar..!!!
congratulations. nice conversation...
Murat bey , cok tesekkur ederim. selamlar..
Congratularions my dear friend. Great interview, Yucel
Thank you so much dear friend Santiago , greetings!!!
Congratulations with this interview Yucel. Glad to know something more about the photographer behind the great seascape pictures. I like your style very much. My compliments.
Yucel Basoglu I'm very glad you like it dear friend Marc !!!, thank you so much !!! greetings..
Wonderful moody photos.
Many thanks dear friend Frank , greetings..
Congrats Yucel for yor work this infeview is well deserved.
Thank you so much my dear friend Alexandra , greetings!!!
Well done my friend on this wonderful 1X interview, the images are superb, keep up the excellent work Yucel
I'm very glad you like it dear friend Les, Thanks a lot !!!! gretings !!!
Congrats Yucel!! I'm happy to know about you and your passion for photography! Great interview! Thank you Carla for sharing it with us! :-)
I'm very glad you like it dear friend Marius , thank you so much !!! greetings..
Tebrikler !!!
çok teşekkür ederim Sinem hanım , selamlar..!!!
Amazing work ! Congrats !!!
Thank you so much dear friend Raceala , greetings !!!
Tebrikler Yücel bey, selamlar.:)
çok teşekkür ederim Özer bey , sevgi ve selamlar.
Superb work, impressive portfolio,dear Yucel!...Many compliments,my friend!
I m glad you like it dear friend Julien , Thank you so much !! greetings..
Great interview! I love your work Yucel, always so beautiful and moody! Congrats dear friend :)
Dear friend Cecy , I m glad you like it.. thank you so much !! greetings.
Congratulations for your fine work. This is an inspiration for us. Best compliments
Thank you so much dear friend Olavo , greetings.
Congratulations dear Yucel ... great series of you fine work and thanks for giving us insight in your world! Thank you Carla and Yvette !
I am very glad dear friend you like it. ..greetings!!!!
Fantastic images, Yucel !!!!
Thank you so much dear friend Sandro!!) greetings..
Thanks, for Carla, Yucel really is stunning I admire this man work a lot, very very well made seascapes, distribution of shadows and highlights are insanely unique ...
Thank you so much dear friend for your beautiful words. I am very glad you like it. Greetings..
Muchas gracias por compartir tus imágenes y sentimientos, un abrazo.
Tambien te agradezco querido amigo sanfelix!!! Saludos !!!
Thank you so mch dear friend Massimo!! greetings
Congrats Yucel. Fantastic that series of photographs and that interview. Greetings friend.
I am glad you like it dear friend Jose!!! , Many thanks !!!! greetings..
Wonderful interview and images, Yucel, congrats, my friend!!
I am glad you like it dear friend Jacob ., Thank you so much!! greetings..
congrats dear friend
Thank you so much dear friend , greetings!!
iliklerine kadar işlemek böyle bir şey olsa gerek... Tebrikler Yücel! Başarılarının devamını dilerim...
;) Çok teşekkür ederim sevgili Melih, sevgi ve selamlarımla.
Tebrikler Yucel Bey! Fotograflarinizi izlemek buyuk keyif ve ilham kaynagi! Congrats Yucel Bey! Its a great pleasure watching your images full of mood and source of inspiration! Btw , Thank you Carla for making this great interview! (:
Beğenmenize çok sevindim , çok teşekkür edrim Yavuz bey , selamlar.
A wonderful interview for your awesome photography philosophy Yucel. Congrats to you and to Carla.
I am very glad you like it dear friend , Thank you so much!! greetings..
çok tebrik ederim :)
Çok teşekkür ederim Yasemin hanım . selamlar..
Great work!
Thank you so much dear friend Erik . greetings..
Dear Yucel, thanks for revealing us your deepest emotions when it comes to photography. Inspiring and great interview, dear friend. Congratulations! Thanks to Carla for leading this fine article too. Have a great weekend ahead both! Best greetings, Yvette
Dear friend Yvette , Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I'm honored!!. and I am very glad you like it. have a great weekend...greetings!!!! Yucel B.