HER is the series made by Cihan Bektas. In this project, he shots several polaroids depicting his soul mate affected by schizophrenia over a period of four years. The series was meant to remain unpublished but after sharing these photographs with the world, the turnout was a huge success. The project has been created without altering the photographs with any digital effects. HER has been published in a book and exhibited around the world, it also won the Gold Medal of the Moscow Photography Festival 2020.
About the IAMWINTER series, Cihan states: “Some cities are separate from other cities. Their fragrances, energies and inactivity are different from others. Dark clouds never leave these cities, rains are always around and keep the streets away from people and the noise they can produce. Except for the lamps and chimneys of the houses, no detail is visible in these cities. All of them create the impression that these places are hiding something against the world. Finding these details in accordance with these calls allows me to shed light on a special area that is aesthetically pleasing and visually depicted, and to confront my own personality, as well as to explore new techniques and leave my comfort zone. So, it allows me to share the lonely places I discovered. The reason why I use the human body is that the female body, especially fragile and strong, fully fits the city spirit I belong to.”