Dead Retina

By Görkem Keser

Gorkem Keser is a street photographer photographer currently living in İstanbul, Turkey who was born in 1986. Working as a freelance photographer. Graduated in Media and Communication Systems at the İstanbul Bilgi University in 2010.

Görkem’s photos have a very cohesive visual language, dominated by blue tones and wide-angle shots. He applies it mostly to street photography in order to capture the many faces of Istanbul.  Gorkem Keser’s photographs have been locally shown in exhibitions as well as the newspaper and magazines.  Görkem’s work is focused street photography and experimental projects….


Artist’s Statement for the Project “Dead Retina”

Can technology steal our memories, This is a very important question we need to ask ourselves? I made this project to explain a possible poor feature of technology. The photographs on this project represent a man who died in the hospital.This is a semi-fictional story about how television steal our memory.

My grandmother had to go to the hospital and I had to take care of her.I have seen many patients at this time in hospital. Most of the time they watched television without ever leaving. Then I remembered that ”While we are dying, our life passes through our eyes like a film strip”  I thought that it would not be possible for these people. They were exposed to too many television visuals before they died. I wanted to tell you that these real memories were absorbed by television.The idea of the placement of television images instead of real memories scared me.

I captured images by taking long exposures on a small television. I wanted to record these images as the last moments of a dying consciousness.I criticized today’s experience while questioning reality.