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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Intimate Interview’ with Sukru Mehmet Omur from Turkey

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We have decided to launch a new intimate style of interview into TheAppWhisperer – the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website. We feel it is important that our community feel close to each other, as it is this support that helps us to nurture one another, gain confidence and continue to grow.

This is our third interview, our two previous interviews with myself and Sarah Bichachi, can be found here. Today, we are publishing our next interview, with Sukru Mehmet Omur from Istanbul in Turkey. Trained as a Doctor, Omur provides a cure for all that ails you with his cultural flair of mobile photography and art. This is an interview that shifts and squalls, a great adventure with forensic tenderness. A complete delight, enjoy!

 

What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

I remember from my childhood, that I  wanted to become a pilot or a doctor, I was  9 years old. In the end I became a doctor.

First Recognition?

I was very succesful  in sports and I started getting awards for this when I was 12 years old.

First job?

During my medical school years I used to be guide for french travelers in Cappadocia, central Anatolia. This wonderland gave me the taste of photography and travelling. This region is where I started taking photographs and  learned how it was to travel and discover different places and meet different people.

Private or state school?

Both. Private for Lycee and then State schools. I was in a private French school and went to state school and university.

University or Work?

University for a long period.  First medical education takes a long time and then I worked as a teacher.

Who was or still is your mentor?

A very close friend of mine was my mentor. Brillant, intelligent and a gentile man. Now I see him rarely.

How physically fit are you?

Not bad, I have recently gained some weight that I need to lose.

Ambition or talent: What matters more to success?

I think that Ambition is more important than talent for the success in life.

How politically committed are you?

I am interested to all the political issues, and I think that our world is not so healthy.

What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?

I have no other ambition I am satisfied with all I have and that makes me happy.

What’s your biggest extravagance?

Collections. I like to collect things which are  mostly useless. I think this is a disease, but a good one.

In what place are you happiest?

A triangle between Paris-Istanbul- and some other place that could change in a northern country, makes me happy.

What ambitions do you still have?

I would love to draw and paint, be completely immersed into arts.

What drives you on?

I am devoted to mobile photography and art. TuMobArt, a Turkish mobile artists community drives me lot.

What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

To live a healthy and happy life, enjoy life and work on mobile artistry.

What do you find most irritating in other people?

Liars and superficial people, I don’t want to be with any of them.

If your 20 year old self could see you now, what would he think?

He would tell me “Bravo! You succeeded”.

Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?

I don’t have so much interest to objects. I lose many things and I forget quickly. Maybe that’s why I collect. I collect to lose:))

What is the greatest challenge of our time?

Environmental problems, pollutions, immigration problems and world politics.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

I am agnostic.

If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?

9/10  I am happy.

Thank you for this amazing interview Joanne carter.

Contact Details for Sukru Mehmet Omur

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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