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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Intimate Interview’ with Filiz Ak from Istanbul, Turkey

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 nineteenth interview, to read the others, please go here. Today, we are publishing this thoroughly radiant interview with Filiz Ak from Istanbul, Turkey. In putting this interview together this morning, I have spent some time pursuing her social media channels, to build up a larger picture, so to speak and I feel all the better for it. Her joy, of life, in her work, in her art shines through not only in the images that she creates so well but also in the photographs of herself and of others that she takes, they reflect her jubilance. Personally, I am so happy that I have learned more about this wonderful artist and I am thankful that she completed this interview for us all. Enjoy!

All images ©Filiz Ak


What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

To be a doctor and to be able to draw with a black pencil, just like a painter. In the end I became a doctor and nowadays fortunately, I am attempting mobile art.


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First Recognition

I was very succesful on stage as an artist for presentations at high school. I received prizes for this, between 15-18 years old. I remember, one of the plays was called  “Bernarda Alba’s Home” and I was the bad and ugly aunt Augustine😊


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First job?

My first job was reading newspapers to my grandmother’s friend. She was a retired teacher and our neighbour. She had lost her eye sight because of yellow point disease. When I was 12 years old, I  used to read newspapers for one hour to her everyday whilst on Summer break and charged 5 Tl per week.


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Private or state school?

State school.

University or Work?

University. It takes too long, after this, I worked as a general practitioner (GP) for one year and then I began to work as an assistant to become a gynaecologist, this training lasted for 5 years. I am now a gynaecologist and continue to work in this career.


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Who was or still is your mentor?

My literature teacher was my mentor, a brillant and wonderful person. She died 5 years ago.


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How physically fit are you?

I’m healthy. I have always been sporty, I want to stay fit and strong especially as I get older.

Ambition or Talent: What matters more to success?

Both of them and self-discipline.


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How politically committed are you?

I‘m interested in political issues in my country and all over the world; I am so sad for the misspending of natural resources and climatic changes.

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

I’m pleased with my life. All that I have makes me happy.


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What’s your biggest extravagance?

Books, pictures and travelling. I try  to read a book every week.  I  have a small picture collection and I want to add some more pictures from Turkish painters. I’m excited to see ancient and historical areas in the world…, Certainly after that an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are very important necessities in my life.

In what place are you happiest?

City life and country life; five days in the city and two days in the country. It makes me happy.


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What ambitions do you still have?

I would like to travel, take  beautiful photos with my iPhone and make mobile art.

What drives you on?

Mobile art groups on FB drive me on and I’m so pleased to be part of them.


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What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

I would like to continue to enjoy life, to be a healthy and happy person. To be able to fund support for education, especially for female students in our country.

What do you find most irritating in other people?

I don’t want to be with liars and boring people.


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

She would tell me; Yes Filiz! That’s all, I’m proud of you!!

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

My printed old photos. Unfortunately I had a fire in the roof of my home three years ago. I lost all of my photo albums from childhood to 2000.


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What is the greatest challenge of our time?

Bad Politics throughout the World, air pollution, environmental and immigration problems.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Not sure?? But it would be wonderful to have somewhere beautiful to go to after we leave this World.

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

Would be 8-9



Thank you so much Dear Joanne Carter for this amazing interview. I am so pleased to be here🌹

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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 - 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: [email protected]