Nihan Aydin

where were we?

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Ok, I admit I went way too far about not writing anything here.It’s been busy, different etc etc but no matter what, I should have written, since I have this blog. Let me sum the last few months up: I started working at Publicis network, now I’m a Concept Artist at Publicis Modem. The online agency of Publicis network in Istanbul. This is the first time I’m working at a digital and a global agency. It’s a whole different world, and I love it so far.

Along with the office work I have, I made a stop motion project for a couple who got married in June. Everything was hand-drawn and it took me hell of a time to make it, but as every stop motion project, it was worth it! I love creating projects where I can be 100% free. It’s the 4th wedding project I took, the other three are for friends and family. I think I like it:)

So, I came across with this MTV project in adverblog-which is a great blog for following the world trends in advertising. Anyway the project is pretty much about what I wrote in my previous post yali’s question. I like the idea of using the term “give a shit” literally, ok perhaps I would have liked it more if the word and the image shit was less used, but still I like it. Here you go for the campaign.

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oh so beautiful

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Lately I’ve been working on the wedding invitation of my dear cousin, and I re-discovered a great inspiration source. I say “re-discovered” because I remember adding this url to my favorites in stumbleupon, but I’ve never had the opportunity to look through it in detail until a few days ago. I recommend everyone to take look at this gorgeous collection of print works for inspiration, for fun, for the sake of beauty.Oh, and I love the name of the website as well, it perfectly demonstrates the enthusiasm for paper and print works. Congratulations to Nole, the owner of this wonderful website!

http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/

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No Mercy

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t like judging people. I try not to jump to conclusions and I always try to empathize with the person. Even if they feel they failed, I always try to show them the bright sides, their strength, and a way to get back on their feet. I don’t like holding grudge either. Of course if somebody hurts me, I cannot stay friends with them but I don’t “hate” them forever or I don’t think about taking a revenge on them either. They just fade out from my life..
But when it comes to myself, god I’m merciless. I can’t stop criticizing myself, I can’t stop blaming myself for whatever problem I have. To me I never work hard enough, I suck at planning my future, I am not talented enough, I never earn good enough, I can’t ever be the person I wanna be etc etc. Probably, most of these are true, but don’t I have any bright sides? I mean, is it only me that’s responsible for my current situations, isn’t there any contribution of the country I live in, the socio-economic factors and so on? To me, as long as it’s me, the answer is “no”, whatever it is, I only got myself to blame. I don’t know what happens to the anti-judging, forgiving person in me, but I can’t give myself a rest.
Some people may believe it’s a good thing, right? It makes you keep trying harder, it forces you to succeed (for whatever that means) . Well, I don’t agree with those people. I simply don’t, because it only makes me feel overwhelmed, disappointed and sick. I really wish I didn’t blame myself for every single thing that goes wrong in my life, but I do. Even if I try to relieve myself and find some other logical causes, deep deep down I still keep feeling guilty. Considered that I’m a 27 year old person with no money put aside for her future and no social security, I give myself a lot to criticize. And maybe that’s the right thing to do.
But still, at least for the time being, I am tired of questioning myself and I all I wanna do is give myself a break, put my mind at ease and sleep.

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believe it or not

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I read some news today that made me think twice about the world I’m surrounded with. A newly wed couple was shot in a car somewhere around Fatih, a strongly religious district of Istanbul. They were shot -by the brother of the girl- at the ages of 26 and 29. Do you know why? Well, simply because they believed in different religions; the girl was Christian (a member of The Syriac Orthodox Church to be more specific) and the boy was Muslim. According to the news, their families have never approved of their marriage and the couple tried to convince them by saying that their spouses will convert to Christianity and vice versa. In the end they got married secretly, went on their honeymoon secretly and when they were back in Istanbul, they went back to living with their parents. They were probably planning to smooth things over before they spread the news. But only 9 days after their marriage the families somehow learned the situation,and the couple was killed. Two shots in the head, and just like that, they are not present in neither of their families any more.

Here in Turkey we hear many cases of homicide with the motives of religion, the so-called customs etc. But there is no getting used to this, not for me at least. It bothers me, touches my nerves, makes me angry, makes me sorry every time I read this kind of a story. Why on earth would a person “kill” his sister and her husband just because they don’t share the exact same belief or thought as him? In what way were these two people giving harm to their families or to their religions? What makes people think that these two people are not worth living just because they fell in love although they don’t share the same belief? And so what now? Is that brother the most faithful person in the world? Does he really think he’s going straight to heaven because he “defended” his religion? And now that these two are killed, nobody will ever even think about falling in love with someone besides their religious society?

Too many questions to ask..But the point is, nobody deserves to die because of their beliefs.. I’m thinking, if these two people weren’t killed, I probably would never have heard of them. But this doesn’t mean that they would be living happily ever after. They would probably be getting tortured both psychologically and physically, their families would probably be making this world a living hell for them and who knows eventually maybe they would even succeed in separating them. Think about it, just because you loved someone who doesn’t share the same religion with you, the best you can get from life is a lifetime of struggle, argument and torture, and in this case the worst case scenario happens and you die. And the most ironic thing is, if these people were born into some other families, parents who don’t care about their daughter-in laws’ , son-in laws’ religion, they would still be breathing.

And of course, it’s not only religion, it’s politics, it’s customs that make people think that they can commit a cold blooded murder to suppress “others” .Too many people died, in this country and in this world for their ideas, beliefs and even for the scientific facts that today we take for granted.

We are about to complete our 10th year in the new millennium. It’s been 10 full years since we’ve become the people of the 21st century, and we still think we have the right to kill somebody for not sharing our ideas. Way to progress! I recently watched V for Vendetta again, so I will quote “We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world.” So in the name of all people who were killed, who were tortured, who are still suffering physically and psychologically for their ideas and for their beliefs, I sincerely and somewhat naively hope that people will learn to tolerate each other soon so that you won’t have died or suffered for nothing.

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hippie birthday

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Apparently, I can’t stop getting older; so maybe I should start getting wiser.

Here, this is my birthday resolution:)

Thanks everyone; my whole family, my dear friends, and of course, my favorite person in the world,  for your lovely birthday wishes and presents. I love you all.

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yali’s question

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Walking on Bagdat Street with all the New Year’s decorations, expensive cars and exclusive stores, having Tchaikovsky- Waltz of Flowers as a background music, I couldn’t help but ask myself : Why do people have so much cargo, and I don’t?* And the more depressing fact is, compared to a huge number of people in this country, and in this world, I happen to belong to a socioeconomic group that owns more than those people could imagine. I have a roof over my head, I have food, have access to clean water, electricity and even more, I have internet. Which means I at least have the opportunity. I am not that depressed about myself at all. This doesn’t change the facts about the world I’m living in though. The inadequate distribution of wealth is a major problem, and I really have a little hope of seeing it solved. Some people drive half a million dollar cars at the age of 20 while millions of other can’t even imagine to afford any car, anytime within their entire life. And this bothers me. A lot. I don’t have a fancy car and I don’t think I will  have one any time sooner, but as I said before, I have the opportunity. I obviously haven’t made the smartest decisions for making piles of money in this country, but who knows maybe one day, I will be able to earn a lot of money by not giving up what I like to do, or more likely, I might win the lottery. And if that day comes, I really hope that I will always have somewhere in my mind that there are people in this world dying of hunger, “killing” each other for 5$, living on streets; before I spend 5000$ for a small purse. I really hope that I will never lose track of the “value” of money, because I sadly observe that to some people, money is something they have a lot by default, and they don’t really know or care how those “others” have to deal with to provide the things they take for granted. All I’m saying is, I really don’t want to live in a world where “lucky” people are working 6 days a week, 14 hours a day to earn what I order for dinner in a fancy restaurant. Since money is pretty much parallel to power, I really hope I use that power to help prevent this imbalance -that doesn’t necessarily mean distributing my own income to other people, in fact that’s not even a solution, we all know that – before I use it for buying diamonds.

*For those who are not familiar with this quote, this is from Jared Diamond’s famous book Guns, Germs and Steels and it’s a question that a politician from New Guinea asks Jared Diamond. The original question is “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own?”

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So, where was I?

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Ok, I already admitted that I’m not a blog person. And then again, why is there a “blog” section in this website? In fact, I sincerely enjoy writing and I thought this link would encourage me, what’s more, would be a huge pressure for me to put my thoughts together and write. By the way, I’m pretty sure that people who don’t have any  feelings for me -and by that I don’t refer to special feelings, my friends fall under the category of people who have some kind of emotions for me as well- would never bother to read what I write, and that’s fair. I’ve got things to say, but they are not gonna change anyone’s world.

My father used to tell me that people on earth can be divided into 3 categories. (well he read this from somewhere but I don’t know the original source, so to me this knowledge comes from my father) The first category is consisted of a very small group, perhaps 500 thousand people. These are the ones who do something significant to shape history, to change the world. The second category is consisted of more people, maybe 500million, I don’t know. These are are the ones who try to somehow follow and understand what the first category is doing. And the rest has no idea about any categories at all.

As for me, I’m just trying my best to fit in the second category.

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Hello world!

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I am not exactly a blog person, but this is the day I published my web site. So I thought, it should be logged. That’s all for me now, I will  increase the dose gradually, later on.

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