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Be Local

k覺l覺k k覺yafet

To me, being local person where ever I go was always one of the core ideas of the project. I eat from local restaurants, I work with local people, I go where locals go and do what they do. Sometimes if I had enough money I was buying local clothes as well. When you have a short span of time to understand culture and create projects you have to adapt things very quickly.Especiallyin advertising business. I did everything I can to make this happen. I stop carrying mp3 player as well. As a huge music fan I did it on purpose. I wanted to listen people instead of mp3 files. I wanted to adapt to language, and see what kind of people talking about what kind of stuff in each country. What African kids talk about? What are the popular wordsBrazilianteenagers using? These kind of questions are really important when you have to sell some things by advertising in each country. Let’s take a look at world fashion by Designer on the road :) From top left to right here is a list of the traditional clothes I have bought and used on the road: India, China, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Lokal olmak, her anlam覺yla oran覺n insan覺na b羹r羹nmek benim i癟in bu projenin 繹nemli bir par癟as覺yd覺. K覺sa zamanda insanlarla kaynamak, k羹lt羹re adapte olmak i癟in hep lokal bir yaam s羹rme taraftar覺 oldum. Amerikan fast food zincirleri ya da bat覺l覺 l羹ks restoranlar yerine hep lokal restoranlarda yedim, pop羹ler olmu halk yerlerinde gezdim, insanlar ne yap覺yorsa onlar覺 yapt覺m. yle ki yola 癟覺karken bir mp3 癟alar bile almad覺m yan覺ma. Bir m羹zik sevdal覺s覺 olarak bunu bilerek yapt覺m. M羹zikler yerine oralar覺n seslerini, insanlar覺n覺 ve dilini dinlemek istedim. Bazen s覺k覺lsam da istemesemde… Reklam yap覺p insanlara 羹r羹n satmak i癟in insanlar覺n ne konutuunu 羹lkedeki trendleri ya aral覺klar覺na g繹re pop羹ler olan kelimeleri g繹zlemlemek bu projede m羹zik dinlemekten daha 繹nemliydi pek tabi. Yaln覺z m羹zik dinlemek de gerekiyordu tabi t羹m montajlanacak o videolar i癟in. Bu lokal olma 癟al覺mas覺 bazen bu k覺yafet deiikliklerine kadar vard覺. Maddi g羹c羹m yettiince baz覺 羹lkelerde lokal k覺yafetler de edindim. Hatta oran覺n halk覺 giymeyi b覺rakm覺 olsa bile :) 襤te sol 羹stten sa alta doru bu liste: Hindistan, in, Sri Lanka, Birleik Arap Emirlikleri, Kolombiya, Guatemala, El Salvador.

 

Let’s get hot

Designer on the road takes you a quick look to city of Dubai.

H覺zl覺 Dubai turu. F覺r覺n gibi ehir.

Drawing progress

This is how things done. Working on progress of “Youth of my wife”

Bu da iin geliim s羹reci. Boyarken arada ekran g繹r羹nt羹s羹 almak g羹zel oluyor.

Youth of my wife

“The youth of my wife” is not for a client it is a personal work. But since it is one of the projects I did on the road I wanted to share it with you here. It’s a surprise gift for my girlfriend and I painted it all around the world. Yes it’s a digital painting I did with my old A5 wacom intuos3. 100×70 centimeters, big one. It took a long time to finish it. So Everywhere I go I kept painting it in my free times. The big percent of the artwork completed in Colombo. It helped me a lot in long alone nights. Hope you like it.

“Eimin gen癟lii” bir ajans ya da m羹teri i癟in deil benim kiisel bir 癟al覺mam. Ama yolda ortaya 癟覺kard覺覺m projelerden biri olduu i癟in Designer on the road kapsam覺nda paylamak istedim. K覺z arkada覺m i癟in haz覺rlad覺覺m bir s羹rpriz olarak ortaya 癟覺kan bu 癟al覺ma emektar tabletim wacom intuos3 ile yap覺ld覺. 100×70 ebatlar覺nda dijital boyama olan resmi tamamlamak hayli uzun zaman ald覺. Bu y羹zden de iin psd belgesi de d羹nyan覺n bir 癟ok yerinde benimleydi. Uygun zamanlar kollay覺p 繹zellikle de geceleri 羹zerinde 癟al覺mak benim i癟in b羹y羹k zevkti. Resmin b羹y羹k k覺sm覺n覺 Kolombo’da tamamlad覺m. En yaln覺z ve fakir kald覺覺m ehir oras覺yd覺 ve bu resim uzun gecelerde bana g羹zel arkadal覺k etti. Umar覺m seversiniz.

Some details. You can see me with open arms in her eyes.

G繹zlerde benim kollar覺m a癟覺k kavumay覺 bekleyen bir siluetim var.

All the objects in the painting have some stories about us.

Resimde bulunan objelerin hep hikayeleri var.

I am the king.

Alemin kral覺.

At the end it is printed in a special 7 color giant printing machine. Hope she will like it a lot. It was also hard to keep this thing as a surprise…

Sonunda iin 癟覺kt覺s覺n覺 ald覺m. Bunun i癟in 7 renkli dev bir Epson kullan覺ld覺. S羹rpriz olarak tutmak da zordu bu ii. O y羹zden 羹zerimde bir heyecan var. Bakal覺m neler olacak…

Hard Rock Dubai

Here we are in Hard Rock Cafe Dubai!

Dubai Hard Rock Cafe’ye var覺yoruz. :)

I haven’t been in any Hard Rock cafe since I was in Mumbai and Pune. I missed this atmosphere a lot. Probably this is the biggest Hard Rock I have ever seen.

Mumbai ve Pune’den sonra hi癟 Hard Rock Cafe’ye gitme imkan覺m olmam覺t覺. zlemiim Hard Rock cafe ortam覺n覺.Muhtemelen imdiye kadar g繹rd羹羹m en b羹y羹k Hard Rock cafe de budur.

These empty tables just all taken in half an hour after we arrived.

Geldiimizde baz覺 k覺s覺mlarda bo masalar vard覺 ama yar覺m saat sonra etrafa bakt覺覺m覺zda oturacak yer yoktu.

Just like me Duru is also happy to be here. She loves the special burger for kids. However she likes the bread instead of meat. :) Just like my childhood.

Duru da burada olmaktan en az benim kadar zevk al覺yor. Favorisi buran覺n 癟ocuk men羹s羹. 襤in ilgin癟 yan覺 hamburgerin sadece ekmeini yemesi. Beni de k羹癟羹kken dedem iskender yemee g繹t羹r羹rm羹, yemezmiim, bo pide yemeyi tercih edermiim. :)

Legendary burger.

Efsanevi burger.

Have a quick break to giant burgers and burn some calories with Duru.

Yemeye ara verip biraz kalori yakal覺m dedik. 襤te Duru ve partneri ben!

Duru is dancing in freestyle. She follows the beats and moves her body. She is amazing!

Duru’nun kendine has serbest stili harika. 2,5 ya覺nda olmas覺na ramen m羹zii hissederek yapt覺覺 fig羹rler muhteemdi.

While I was checking the stuff of Michael Jackson, Duru decided to upload our dance video to youtube right away.

Danstan sonra Duru videomuzu youtube’a eklemeye karar verdi. O bununla ura覺rken ben de Michael Jackson’覺n eyalar覺na bak覺yordum.

Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya is a historic district in Dubai. Al Bastakiya is one of the oldest residential areas in the city of Dubai. Solmaz and Erkal just wanted to show me some old style places of Dubai. More traditional stuff. This kind of places are not much in here. Unlike Istanbul, Dubai is all about new, manmade places.

Al Bastakiya Dubai’nin nadir tarihi mekanlar覺ndan biri. Dubai’de bu t羹r eski yerleri g繹rmek olduk癟a zor. 襤stanbul’un aksine Dubai daha 癟ok yeni binalar ve doal deil de insan yap覺m覺 deneyimler sunan bir ehir.

Mazdas are just a kind of metal canvas here. To paint and express yourself.

Mazdalar burada tuval muamelesi g繹r羹yor. Boyay覺p eleniyorsun. Olay bu.

First we walk a lot then we sit a bit.

nce baya y羹r羹mece sonra az bir ey dinlenmece.

What makes Al Bastakiya unique is its architecture. The wind tower, called barjeel, is in every house of Al Bastakiya.

Al Bastakiya’y覺 繹zg羹n k覺lan ey Barjeel ad覺 verilen r羹zgar kuleleri. Burada her ev bu kulelere sahip. Doal bir klima g繹revi g繹ren bu kuleler, r羹zgar覺 al覺p evin i癟ine, salona iletmekte.

Even the bus stops have airconditionsDubai. It’s a must have here. You can’t wait outside much here in Dubai. It’s like impossible to breathe.

Burada otob羹s duraklar覺 bile klimal覺 odalar eklinde. Normal 癟羹k羹 bu olmadan burada otob羹s beklemek i癟in can覺n覺za susam覺 olman覺z gerek. S覺cak alt覺nda pimi bir arabaya biniyormu gibi bir his var genel havada. O derece s覺cak yani.

A local spice shop in Al Bastakiya area. Tons of spices. I don’t even know most of them. Too complicated for me. :) Nice smell anyway.

B繹lgede bulunan lokal bir baharat d羹kkan覺. ounun ad覺n覺 bilmediim tonlarca baharat var. Kar覺覺k iler. Hi癟 anlam覺yorum u baharat iinden. Ortam g羹zel kokuyor ama.

Going to dinner! On the road to Dubai Hard Rock! Ohh yeah It’s been a long time I didn’t eat that legendary burger they have. Time to be happy.

Yorulduk, yemee gidiyoruz. Hem de Hard Rock Cafe’ye! Uzun zamandan sonra tekrar efsanevi burger yemek i癟in sab覺rs覺zlan覺yorum. Mutluyum.

Madinat Jumeirah

Burj El Arab’s night view is just awesome.Especiallywith it’s changing led lights gives it a nice ambiance and makes it visible most of the times. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and also world’s first 7 star hotel.

Burj El Arab’覺n gece g繹r羹nt羹s羹 deien led 覺覺kland覺rmalar覺yla 癟ok ho. D羹nyan覺n en uzun 4. oteli olan Burj el Arab ayr覺ca d羹nyan覺n tek 7 y覺ld覺zl覺 oteli.

Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort Dubai, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town.We came this place with Solmaz and Erkal to smoke some hookah and drink Turkish coffee. Nice chill place with peaceful atmosphere. It is good to see Turkish coffee is quite popular here. Taste is similar however there are differences about the serving issues. Coffee comes to table in the pot then waiter just puts it in the glass and makes it ready to drink in front of you.

Madinat Jumeirah asl覺nda buran覺n kapal覺 癟ar覺s覺 da diyebileceimiz ilgin癟 bir mekan. Tabi yine baya b羹y羹k ve i癟inde kaybolunas覺 bir mekan. G羹zel kafeler ve barlara da sahip. Hemen ya覺n覺ndaki yapay 覺rmakta tekne gezintileri ya da kay覺k turlar覺 yapabiliyorsunuz.Buraya Erkal ve Solmaz’la beraber nargile t羹tt羹rmeye geldik. Men羹de T羹rk kahvesini de g繹r羹nce denemek istedim. Tatlar ayn覺 say覺l覺r ancak sunumda farkl覺l覺klar var. Burada kahve masaya cezvede geliyor ve bo kahve barda覺na sizin 繹n羹n羹zde aktar覺l覺yor. G羹zel ve havadar bu mekanda nargile keyfi yapmak ve T羹rk dostlarla uzun uzun sohbet etmek 癟ok keyifliydi. Solmaz’a ve Erkal’a tekrar teekk羹rler.

One of the bars of the place at left. Families with children can’t stay after 22:00 pm. And if you want to buy some alcoholic drinks you have to have a drinkinglicense. Weird right? I have no idea what the hell is doing Tin tin here in the middle of all these local sculptures. :)

Mekanda bulunan barlardan biri. Gece 10′dan sonra 癟ocuklu aileler kabul edilmiyor. Ayr覺ca i癟ki sat覺n almak i癟in ehliyetinizin olmas覺 gerekiyor. Araba ehliyetinden bahsetmiyorum. Burada i癟ki i癟me ehliyeti diye bir ey var. :)

Turning to an Arabic man

Everywhere I go I try to live like a local, you know that. Actually I try to look like them too most of the times. Not always because sometimes traditional clothes are very expensive. But I was lucky in Dubai I found with a decent price. Dubai is full of men wearing this kind of dresses and talking with Blackberrys on hand. So when the salesman was helping me I asked him: “Where is my Blackberry?” as a funny joke. He got it, laughed and show that perfume you see at right. And said: “Here is your Blackberry” I was shocked. I don’t know why but Arabs are huge Blackberry fans. :)

Bildiiniz gibi gittiim her yerde lokal bir vatanda gibi yaamaya gayret ediyorum. Hatta kar覺layabilirsem lokal biri gibi g繹r羹nmeye bile 癟aba g繹steriyorum. Tabi bu her zaman m羹mk羹n olmuyor 癟羹nk羹 bazen lokal k覺yafetler biraz pahal覺 olabiliyor. Dubai’de ans覺m yerindeydi ve uygun fiyatl覺 bir elbise bulabildim. Dubai’de bu elbiselerle ellerinde Blackberry’lerle gezen tipik Araplar var. Ben elbiseyi giyince sat覺c覺 kardeimiz ayn覺 Arap gibi oldun dedi. O 繹yle diyince ben de akas覺na Blackberry’im nerede diye bir at覺ta bulundum. akay覺 kapt覺 ve g羹lmeye balad覺. Yaln覺z sada g繹rd羹羹n羹z parf羹m羹 g繹stererek de saniyesine cevab覺 yap覺t覺rd覺.

Atlantis and the palm island

This is a parking lot you see at right picture. It’s big and it’s free. Most of the times you don’t pay for parking in Dubai. There are many free parking lots made by sheikh.

Sa fotorafta g繹rd羹羹n羹z yer asl覺nda bir otopark. Burada araban覺z覺 park etmek i癟in genelde para 繹demiyorsunuz. eyh’in sahip olduu ve halk覺na bedava kullanma imkan覺 verdii eylerden biri de bu otoparklar.

Solmaz took me to famous Palm island. However you don’t notice iteasilywhen you are in it. Palm shape is only visible from a high point of city. For example if you do sky diving here you can see it clearly :)

u mehur palmiye eklindeki adaya gittik. Tabi i癟inde gezerken Palmiye eklinin fark覺na varam覺yorsunuz.

Road to Palm island.

Palmiye adas覺na giden yol budur.

Dubai has a nice silhouette with all these highskyscrapers. Especially at nights.

Kocaman g繹kdelenleriyle Dubai sikueti ger癟ekten b羹y羹leyici. zellikle de gece 癟ok egzotik ve albenili bir g繹r羹nt羹s羹 var. I覺l 覺覺l. zellikle de Sri Lanka’n覺nk karanl覺k sokaklar覺ndan sonra buran覺n 覺覺l 覺覺l olmas覺 iyi geldi. Gece Sri Lanka’ya inerken karanl覺a iner gibiydim. ok garip hissetmitim. Dubai ise binlerce metre y羹kseklikten bile ben buraday覺m diyor.

This is the Atlantis hotel. One of the most famous ones here. It’s quite traditional looking and super luxury place. Pretty expensive but 覺 would like to try it’s water slide. It’s pretty famous. It cross inside of a giant aquarium of sharks. Must be exciting.

u 繹n羹nde durduum bina Buran覺n simgelerinden birisi asl覺nda. D羹nyan覺n en 繹nemli en temiz en s羹per otellerinden biri olan Atlantis otel. Buran覺n 繹n羹ne ge癟ip fotoraf 癟ekinmek Dubai’de klasikleen bir pozmu. Ben de madem Dubai’ye geldik ayn覺s覺n覺 yapal覺m bi yerimiz geri kalmas覺n dedim :)

Atlantis the Palm voted The Most Hygienic Hotel of the World Award 2012. It’s one of the best hotels of the world for sure.

2012′de d羹nyan覺n en temiz oteli se癟ilmi b uotel. Bir de dev akvaryumunda besledikleri Sammy ad覺nda bir k繹pek bal覺覺 varm覺. Ama 癟evreciler Sammy’nin orada hapis hayat覺 yaamas覺na tepki g繹sterince Sammy okyanusa b覺rak覺lm覺.

Souvenirs

A random souvenir shop from Dubai. Lots of Arabic things. Most of them doesn’t interest me.

Arabic matrushka :)

Arap matrukas覺.

A Japanese restaurant I saw here was pretty interesting. There is a walking band moving around therestaurantand tables. Everybody is free to get what he/she wants from the band during enjoying their meal. It’s very interesting to see hundreds of dishes moving around the tables.

Burada bulduum bir Japon restoran覺 hayli ilgin癟ti. Restoran覺n etraf覺nda d繹nen ve masalar覺n yan覺na konulanm覺 bir d繹ner yolda gezinen y羹zlerce yemek. Masaya oturuyor yan覺n覺zdan ge癟en yemeklerden g繹z羹n羹ze g羹zel geleni al覺p h羹pletiyorsunuz. Ho konsept.