Beautifully Mysterious Photos of Gallipoli by Ekin Kucuk

Istanbul-based photographer Ekin Kucuk captures the Gallipoli peninsula in a series of moody black-and-white images. The Turkish locale was once the site of war, but here, Kucuk depicts a more tranquil existence where animals roam on desolate city streets. Her monochromatic pictures have a cinematic feel, as though they're part of an old silent film.

Horses, chickens, and dogs are all seen enjoying the coastal breeze and traipsing around the occasionally foggy landscape. They're shot in high contrast, and this effect makes for dramatic, visually-arresting images that speak beyond Gallipoli. In addition to being a getaway spot, Kucuk's pictures seem like they could represent a number of places – ones that contain mysterious tales or distant but-not-forgotten memories.

Ekin Kucuk website and LensCulture page

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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