I Die Every Minute/I Am Born Every Minute
  • I Die Every Minute/I am Born Every Minute

    2 digital prints
    1 x 2.5 m.
    2000

    I do not deal with the prospect of death as either morbid or negative, but as a natural phenomena that happens continually. In fact, death and birth are inseparable. The past is only memory and the future is only speculation. Experience and life cannot be captured or frozen. Only “Now” exists. To quote Susan Sontag, “To take a photograph is to participate in another person or thing’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Like memory, photography is always in the past tense and shows that something was and cannot be recaptured. In my digital prints, “I Am Born Every Minute” and “I Die Every Minute”, by placing scanned photographs of myself at different ages into two scanned photographs, one of the Bosphorus sea and the other of Eyup cemetery in Istanbul, I investigate not only my own birth, life, and death, but also reflect on the relationship between photography and computer imaging. By extracting photographs of myself (ones that must have been) from their own environments and inserting them side by side against different background scenes, I present an image that has never been, one that could never be, but one that invokes speculation, questioning, and wondering about all the lives that can be lived in one lifetime.