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Bas Uterwijk December 3, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.

Sirkeci Train Station, Istanbul, Turkey 2008

Bas Uterwijk (b. 1968, The Netherlands) is a freelance photojournalist based in Amsterdam. He started out in Special FX for film, but his career moved from classic model making for museums and advertising photography, through 3D animation and compositing FX to video game art-direction. Having worked with the creative basics of imagery for a long time, the move to photography wasn’t that strange. Some of his work on Indian Kushti wrestlers has been published in the Dutch edition of National Geographic Magazine.

About the Photograph:

“The image was taken in Istanbul, at the Sirkeci Train Station. Once inaugurated as the terminal for the legendary Orient Express, the Sirkeci station is a  beautiful remainder of times passed. Built by a Prussian architect in 1888 the bulding is characteristic for the many glorious times this city, a majestic link between East and West, has had. The man in the foreground is a waiter in the tea room of the station. One of my biggest challenges in photography is to be able to peek into the lives and vulnerable moments of people. Being accepted by subjects without them keeping on a mask or feeling uneasy requires a very non-verbal way of communicating. I feel this is quite important in most forms of photographing people, but especially for street photography.”