Photo Exhibition at the Atatürk Cultural Centre in
By Heidi Trautmann
Prof. Dr. Uğurçan Akyüz is Dean at the Faculty of Fine
Arts at the Near East University. He was born in 1961 in Hopa in Turkey and
came to Cyprus in 2006. He is a proud man and holds his head high. I have been
following his endeavours to teach the NEU Fine Arts students the wide fields of
art, with the latest being the ‘Academiada’ a sort of Spring University to
which teachers and students of Turkish Universities were invited to work with
the students here. The exhibition was on April 10 on which I reported on my
is a passionate photographer and for one week in April he showed us in
what good relationship he is with Master
Nature. It takes a deep love to wait for the fog to rise up between the folds
of mountains or over the waters of a calm morning lake, it takes patience to
wait for the first rain drops to break this calmness. He seeks light and shade, positive and
negative spaces, contrast and harmony, encounter of man-made structures and
inhabitants of nature, beauty and decay.
However, Uğurçan Akyüz also tries to manipulate his
eyes’ experiences to make a different statement, to tell his own story of the
world by merging two stories into one; manipulating by computer for a distinct
message or by cutting away the superfluous to direct the view onto the essence underlined
by clean composition. Balance of colour and values.
It makes a big difference to see such photographic
works as large blow-ups, the raindrops disturbing the big blue thus become
World stories well told.