Our readers’ picks #207 are two photographers interested in lines and urban spaces. Fabrice Fouillet take us to Hong Kong, and Ilker Karaman travels to Turkey.

Fabrice Fouillet

“Architectural density has spread in China and everywhere else. To me, it is as fascinating as it is frightening. I think that this ambivalent feeling was the starting point of my series Résidence Oasis. I chose Hong Kong because this city had the historic and cultural peculiarity of erecting its buildings to welcome a certain density. The geographical situation of the city counted several mountainous regions, leading to a lack of available surface. In this context, verticality was the authority’s only architectural response in order to face a constant habitat deficiency on a geographically complex territory. I wanted to show how malls, commuter neighbourhoods, parking lots, schools and other infrastructures blend together and create limited spaces where attempts of original architectural and urbanist projects get lost and dissolve”.

© Fabrice Fouillet

Ilker Karaman

“To be aware of the visual beauty surrounding us is not easy for the modern man. Photography is a tool of mental relaxation, liberating the artist from the routine and stress of every life”, Ilker Karaman tells us. Based in Turkey, this artist is partial to street photography. “I like looking at how shadows and lights get distributed in urban spaces”, he adds. Ilker also produces self-portraits. “To examine oneself to know who we are. An endless quest. By producing those images, I try to discover myself, and to question the audience”, he says. His images form a colourful jigsaw puzzle.

© Ilker Karaman