Uygur Yilmaz’s “Let’s Face It: 4” winning image was taken spontaneously and from the heart. The subject is a personal friend of the photographer’s who was at his house having coffee. “I always find her an independent, strong character with great creative energy,” Uygur explains. “She is always photographable. But that evening I just couldn't stop myself from taking a few portraits of her. She was in love and shining. At the same time she had that dark, unexplainable charm of a deep, peculiar passion.”
Uygur would not describe himself as a portrait photographer, but used to paint, and wonders if his background in portrait painting helped him create this winning single image.
A photography enthusiast, Uygur is currently working on a project called “This Coast of Nowhere”, which illustrates the changes which have happened to a beach near his childhood home as the demands of tourism have increased. An extremely personal project, Uygur describes it as something of an obsession.
Uygur is keen on entering LPA competitions. “I think, if you are an outsider like me, competitions offer a great opportunity for exposure. I am a creative director in an advertising agency and have neither time nor energy for promoting my
photography properly. Competitions put my work out there.”
Although Uygur is a relative newcomer to the LPA, he has enjoyed his involvement with the association and believes that it is a positive thing to be part of.