Bulent Doruk is an experienced photographer and he has a degree in Cinema and Television. He used to work as a photojournalist in the Turkish state-run press agency for 7 years. During his work in the agency, he traveled and photographed political, social and sports events both nationwide and internationally. For the last years he has been specializing in documentary event, wedding and family photography. He has moved to the US in 2017 and continues his work in NY.
The best thing I love about taking photos is the act of taking them at the first place. I always carry a camera with me even if it's not for work. I love to do documentary photography like an outsider, as if I'm a ghost and just going around where history is being written without anybody noticing. What I love specifically is that you can reflect on reality without any distortion. It's as if you're telling a story without changing anything, as much as you can as a human.
Since I worked as a photojournalist for years, I've done photography of many kinds; events, concerts, sports, conferences, parties and festivals, as well as portraits. First I used to think how my photo would look and be told on a newspaper or any media and how people would read the story being told with it. Then I would try to concentrate on how the image makes me feel and what I understand of it. I would try to come up with the best combination of these conditions and make the shot.
Sport Photo of the Year – Photo of the Year Contest 2016 (Anadolu Agency) 3rd Award in the Best Sports Photograpy – Basın Tesvik and Vefa Prizes (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality) (2016) Mustafa Pekcan Special Award – Press Photo of the Year (Photojounalism Association of Turkey) (2013) Best Director – International Snow Film Festival, Documentary Category (2008) Special Jury Award –National Kısaca Film Festival, Documentary Category (2008) 1st Prize Photograpy Contest (Konya Life Magazine) (2007)
If I had the time, I would just watch 5 movies a day and write about them!