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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

About Me

Oceans are the source of life on our planet with full of colorful life forms within. 

As a hobbyist photographer and divemaster, yet a professional diplomat, I have been trying to capture some of these amazing life forms with digital cameras since 2003. Encouraged by my friends and colleagues, I launched this website in 2005 and named it "Colors of Oceans”. This is where I share my underwater images and travel notes with the hope that the”colors" would help people to get a better understanding of the underwater world. 

I have joined a few joint photo exhibitions and modestly contributed to underwater magazines in Turkey.  I featured a solo underwater photo exhibition entitled "Colors of Oceans Through a Diplomat's Lens" at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN Week Sept 8-19, 2008. The exhibit was the first of its kind in many respects as it was the first ever photo exhibition organized by a  diplomat, solely dedicated to underwater photography in the United Nations building. The presentation of the exhibit was also unique as the underwater images were printed on a custom stretched fabric and backlit by energy efficient LED technology. Thanks to those who contributed and supported  it.Click to see the exhibitition page. 

Last but not least,   oceans are also considered to be a great source of history. In the last five years, I had the privilege to join a number of underwater archeology expeditions along the Aegean coast of Turkey which  hosts perhaps the richest archeological treasures in the world. You can check some of the images from these expeditions  in my home page at www.colorsofoceans.org