“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Burcin is a street photographer passionate about capturing the vibrant and social elements of street life in her hometown and around the world. Looking back, she remembers the continuous sounds of car horns and street sellers during the day, morning prayers coming from mosques at dawn, the smell of roasted chestnuts in the fall, the vicious seagulls that would attack her “simit” on ferry rides, laundry hanging from balconies, and the little cement courtyard where she learned to bike and did snow angels during winters. Burcin is especially fascinated by the way people walk, talk and interact with one another on the streets, which she believes is a true mirror into their culture.
Burcin left Turkey when she was 18 years old to study biomedical engineering in California. After a decade of working as a neuroscientist in New York City, she recently moved back to her beloved California, where she currently works as a science writer and consultant.
As a mother of two young children and a hyperactive puppy, Burcin continues to pursue her passion for capturing what touches her heart as much as her eyes.