Tea as a metaphor for the power that bonds people with different cultures in the city of Istanbul. I took documentary photographs (images 1-3). I printed many of the photos on tea bags using my home printer (images 4, 5). I then reassembled up the printed tea bags (images 6, 7) and then displayed them in a final performance (images 8-12).
To find people’s stories I went down to couple of places and knocked on the doors of people I don’t know to ask if I could take some photographs. The common words they said was “Come in, I have tea.” At that moment I knew the element I was looking for was tea. I’ve been living in Istanbul for 18 years and I can’t think of a moment that there is no tea boiling in the teapot on our cooker. The political, social and economic boundaries that seperate the people of my city cease to exist when people are sharing tea. The faces of Istanbul, urban and rural, are setted in the same area, with no single boundary that seperates them. The only reason I managed to meet a bus driver living in a village outside of Istanbul as well as a repairman living in the middle of Istanbul was the idea of sharing tea with them. Regardless of the differences in their stories, I presented the photos of those people together on tea bags with photos of Istanbul.
AP Portfolio Score:5
Rationale for Score
In this concentration, the student has created an unmistakably coherent series of works focusing on “tea as a metaphor for the power that bonds people with different cultures in the city of Istanbul.”
In this concentration section:
- The investigation of the concentration topic provides convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery, moving from portrait to still-life photography, illustrating the process for creating a metaphorical piece about community and tea (images 1 through 9).
- The concentration clearly demonstrates an original vision, innovative ideas and/or risk taking (images 4 through 9). This is evident in the student photographing people drinking tea and then printing those images on handmade teabags. Further, there is a conscious attention to design (balance and repetition) and composition (asymmetrical placement of the man drinking tea, image 4).
- An evocative and engaging theme is sustained through all of the work. All of the images demonstrate excellent use of 2D principles.
- The work conveys an excellent sense of successful transformation and growth.
- The work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas.