Mert Acar is a contemporary photographer and researcher based in Ankara, Turkey. His academic background doesn’t solely revolve around photography, since he received his Bachelor’s degree from graphic design in 2012. He is currently immersed in his Master's studies, while examining and researching the genre of landscapes in photography.
Presented project is a unique exploration of the outskirts of Ankara. Mert delves into the man-made surroundings of the capital, juxtaposing them with natural landscapes.
The artist mainly focuses on the transformation process, on how Turkey's second largest city is shaped by the hands of humans. The explorative journey is a big part of his new visual approach. While on the road, he examines the remote areas of the city, searching for the ultimate modified landscape. As the artist describes “…man-made surroundings – such as billboards, road signs, pylons, construction sites etc. – which placed on rural areas lack identity. They don’t make a place special still they create a universal sense of landscape which looks similar all over the world like products on supermarket shelves.”
The whole body of work shows these remote areas with just the right amount of respectable distance thanks to the documentaristic approach of the artist. It can also be perceived as a philosophical journey, since it shows the signs of deep examination of the peripheral areas.