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Meet Emrey Ozcan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emrey Ozcan.

Emrey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It’s been long way to where I started, where am I know? I think first time when I was eleven I realized that there was something inside of me and not fitting where it is in the moment. After that I put my self on the way the journey to find myself, who am I and why am I here. it wasn’t quite easy the journey. I born and raise in Istanbul but the first 17 years include where I born was favela part of the Istanbul, rough childhood, there was two option you can choose, where I raised.

First one is you going to be the wild and they won’t gonna kick your ass and the other option is to be being decent person that never works where I raised. I pick the first option as family tradition but at the same time I was gay that I knew it. Quite confusing being gay and at the same time being macho man. Anyway here and there I figured out how I can get off from that neighborhood, I went the college and then university, as a first person to have education in that level, at all family.

I graduated from Business Administration Department of my university. Age 20, find a scholarship for university, also find a job, make some good money at young age, move out ( it is big deal for Turkish families to moving out ), rent your first room. Everything was looking fairly good. And second realization happened in my life, one morning, I still remember that day I woke up and said my self “I don’t want to do this job”, same morning I announced my resignation. BOOM it is over, new story is stared. First couple of years I left my self the wind and one day I woke up as a photographer assistant. Truly I never thought I’m going to be an international photographer one day but here I am. Everything happened in a second, somehow in a year and a half, it turned to be people calling me as a photographer that I wasn’t feeling to I can call myself as a photographer.

I still don’t have any idea how did it happen but I’m mentioning it because of the feeling was bothering me but at the other hands everything was good, money, friends ( sadly, I believe they have connection between money and friendship.) party, drugs, fun… my life turned to be something that I don’t feel fit and right there. I, myself scared, I felt I stopped learning, listening. Being a person that I never would like to be but shit happens, I wasn’t happy there anymore, I didn’t want to be that ” photographer”. I wanted change And then I left my safe zone, here I’m in LA for now… if you never jump from the edge you never gonna know it

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The change going to take time and it is going to be harder than any other time, don’t forget it. Your patience will take you to happiness and success. When you feel lost, read this. They will always be there for you to help, just touch a tree.

It never been smooth and it’s never going to be. Honestly, I never wish to get things easy, I believe you have to earn it I feel every struggle what I’m having on the beautiful journey preparing me for my next step to reach my dreams. I struggled a lot – a lot first couple of years in LA. I struggled things about that I don’t have it. it hurt a lot and for a long time. After time it stopped to hurt, I was not worry about what I don’t have anymore. I said myself ” I have everything what I need two arms, two legs. a per of eye, feet, hands, ear, nose, mouth, a dick, ass, a heart whatever I need.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I do photography last ten years, %100 self-educated, it is my second career. I like to work with people as subject on my photos mostly. I had published my work in international magazines like Instyle, Marie Claire, Elle, GQ, Vogue and so I have been shooting AD Campaigns for international brands like Converse, Mavi Jeans, Chopard and so, I just started to a new project in LA, I named as ” you are beautiful “

I like to know new people and create things together and sharing a little time together with them and taking their beautiful photos. I call myself a reflector more than a photographer in this project. First of all, we are having a nice conversation with model and then what I feel, what we are talking there turning to be a photo journey. You can see the photos from my website. 

I would like to holler from here everyone that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Please contact with me and let’s create something together.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.’

I always had confused feelings about proud.

Till I proud of it. it is my aim to do things that I’m going to be proud.

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