‘Kuştepe’s tourism ambassador’ makes his village attractive for photographers



'Kuştepe's tourism ambassador' makes his village attractive for photographers

Gülşen Gürses, a woman entrepreneur and fictional photographer living in Pehlivanköy district of Kırklareli, prepares different concepts in the open field to attract photographers to her village. Gürses created the theme “from the past to the future” from the century-old window frames of the destroyed houses in the village where he established his Pavli Workshop.

Gülşen Gürses, a woman entrepreneur and fictional photographer living in Pehlivanköy district of Kırklareli, prepares different concepts in the open field to attract photographers to her village.
Gürses, who is called “tourism ambassador” by the village residents living in Kuştepe village, founded Pavli Workshop about 4 years ago to promote the region and his village. Gürses, who works for photography enthusiasts in the workshop, brought more than a thousand photographers to his village with a population of 370 in approximately 15 organizations last year.
Gürses periodically creates concepts for photographers with different objects and subjects. Gürses, who organizes the concepts of vintage, henna night, sometimes harvest revitalization, this time created a theme called “from the past to the future” from the centuries-old window frames of the destroyed houses.
Gürses repaired the frames he collected from the demolished houses for his concept. The girls of the village also modeled for promotional purposes, with the event attended by 20 photographers, following the Corona virus (Covid-19) measures.
The residents of the village, who were excited to be modeling with their local clothes, first went to the mirror for make-up, and then the centuries-old windows for a photo shoot.
Gülşen Gürses, the founder of Pavli Workshop, said that she organized activities to promote her village. Stating that they had not been able to hold events for a while due to Covid-19 and that they were looking for a new concept in this process, Gürses stated that the concept he created with windows attracted the attention of photographers.
Explaining that a large number of participants applied to the event he organized, but he had to invite a limited number of artists within the scope of epidemic measures, Gürses said, “With the arrival of spring, I organized an event by bringing that enthusiasm with art. Last year, we organized similar activities. The arrival of spring, the greening of the plains, “We celebrated the blooming of flowers and the arrival of the storks, while at the same time evaluating the windows from old clay houses, we gained a theatrical appearance with the work.”
Explaining that photographers from provinces such as Istanbul, Tekirdağ, Çanakkale and İzmir attended the event, Gürses stated that he could rearrange the same event according to the incoming interest. Stating that the objects they use in the events belong to the region, Gürses said, “Here, we fit the windows in our frame, especially by protecting and repaired from the earthen houses. Old books, clocks … All the objects we use also have a spiritual value. Because our past relatives, grandparents, grandmothers and our childhood. “Most of these frames are centuries old. I collect or buy these frames from wherever I find them,” he said.
Duygu Uzantaş, one of the residents of the village, said that she was modeling for the first time in her life and that she was very excited. Stating that he is very happy to participate in such a project on behalf of his village and contribute to its promotion, Uzantaş said, “Modeling with old windows belonging to my village has been a separate memory for me.
Photography artist Barkan Tekdoğan stated that it was the first time that he participated in such an event. Explaining that he came to Kırklareli on the occasion of an event, he said, “Very productive photographs are produced. The fact that we can evaluate these photographs in different places has contributed to our coming to this region. Being outdoors is a different chance for us.


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