There are photographers whose works blow up my mind. I look at their pictures, and I let my dreams flying away with them. Sometime it is the use of colors and lights, most of the times it is the visionary description of a new reality. Akif Hakan Celebi is one of those photographers.
These pictures belong to parallel universes and realities, variations of the world where we live, and still they belong to our imaginary. Japanese cities visited by colorful aliens, innocent Asian girls transfigured into provocative and controversial dolls, explosions of light and contrasts.
Akif Hakan Celebi is an American-Turkish photographer, and most of his mind-blowing pictures are published on his website hakanphotography.com
And now I know what I want for Christmas.
Photo gallery one: Aliens in the city.
Photo gallery two: Osaka.
Photo gallery three: Innocence.
Akif Hakan is an American photographer of Turkish origin. He is currently based in Hong Kong, Istanbul and London. He graduated from the University Of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree and also holds an associate degree from the Art Institute Of Ft. Lauderdale. He is an experimenter when it comes to new photographic techniques and styles. He manages to implement and blend current trends in visual arts with his own creativity which is influenced by many great movies especially from the Far East. In most of his works, the goal is to give the viewers a story and set an atmospheric mood within the images he creates. He brings ‘Expressionism’ into photography with the use of unusual color combinations. He approaches fashion photography with an edge , blending fine-art and photo-journalistic aspects with glamour , sensuality and beauty. His images are very cinematic and always striving to go beyond established styles and widen the boundaries of photographic expression. He aims to produce powerful images that leave an impact on the viewer and thinks out of the box. In 2006, he is chosen as one of the top ten best new generation photographers in Germany, he was also a finalist in 2006 International Color Awards. In 2011 one of his photographs has been chosen as the runner-up for “Image Of The Year” by American Photo magazine.