I wish I knew you (work in progress)

This  project is based on an archive of nearly 250 negatives of a Turkish Jewish family from the 1930's and 40's, taken in and around Istanbul, Turkey. Although the owner of the archive is unknown, through the information written on the envelopes such as names, places and dates, I am able to create a story in my mind, a story in which I would have liked to be a part of. The title comes from a desire to be ‘one of them’, a friend of these people whose lives seem full of adventure, camaraderie and genuine love. By revisiting the places where they have been decades ago and photographing there, I combine the past with the present to re-imagine the lives of others.