Our carpet is the sacred ground for father-son naps.
Still jet lagged and mounts of tasks ahead.


Safe Travels :)

I have an extra large Calumet Rolling case for lighting gear and “less fragile items”that goes to the plane’s cargo. Nowhere in the U.S.or Germany but only in Krakow they make me literally empty my carry-on camera bag (travel-size Calumet Rolling Case) to the shell. Most importantly, they are very polite when they ask which is a big deal for me. 
Heading to Munich now, then jump on the big bird for home.

Safe Travels :)

I have an extra large Calumet Rolling case for lighting gear and “less fragile items”that goes to the plane’s cargo. Nowhere in the U.S.or Germany but only in Krakow they make me literally empty my carry-on camera bag (travel-size Calumet Rolling Case) to the shell. Most importantly, they are very polite when they ask which is a big deal for me.
Heading to Munich now, then jump on the big bird for home.


SOMETHING ABOUT POLAND

There is something about Poland that I don’t know but it captivates me more every year. I barely speak a few Polish words but I feel like this is my country, feel like I am Polish. The photo above was taken minutes before our arrival to Krakow from the workshop in Prague. 
Foggy, chilly, colorless morning, frost, movement, dirty window, sunrise, magic, Polishland.

Returning to Chicago tomorrow and the fight to race against time continues. Preparing the baby room, weddings, engagements, many consultations, a couple of personal  projects, 3 very important workshops, a small remodeling in the studio, and of course editing photos from the workshop in Krakow and Prague awaits. 
Who needs sleep?
:)

SOMETHING ABOUT POLAND

There is something about Poland that I don’t know but it captivates me more every year. I barely speak a few Polish words but I feel like this is my country, feel like I am Polish. The photo above was taken minutes before our arrival to Krakow from the workshop in Prague.
Foggy, chilly, colorless morning, frost, movement, dirty window, sunrise, magic, Polishland.

Returning to Chicago tomorrow and the fight to race against time continues. Preparing the baby room, weddings, engagements, many consultations, a couple of personal projects, 3 very important workshops, a small remodeling in the studio, and of course editing photos from the workshop in Krakow and Prague awaits.
Who needs sleep?
:)


Krakow Diaries:

By this time last year, my social media outlet was filled by all sorts of photos and videos of the workshop preps, Krakow and more. I certainly don’t have the same drive, same feeling about exposing myself as much as I used to. Those who know me more than a year will attest that.
It’s not that “not much going on”
It’s just me keeping more to myself and very happy and comfortable about it.
There will be some blog posts supported by photos, writing and maybe couple of videos after our return.
I could not stop the journalist in me and took some photos of the “eventful flight” we had on the way to Poland, and did a series in front of the U.S. embassy in Krakow, photographed locals waiting for their US Visa interview until an officer with a full-automatic machine gun came and told me stop taking photos.
Yes, there is A LOT to tell.
I would like to live, enjoy, witness, absorb, inhale, filter
And then share.

*first photo: Us at a very unique Polish underground bar.


**second photo: From my “Polish Immigrants” series. Waiting outside of the U.S. embassy.


***third photo: Medical emergency at the altitude of 34.000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. (our plane had 6 bathrooms downstairs) Airbus A340-600

Thank you,

Gokhan


Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus Killed in Afghanistantheatlantic.com
Asso­ci­at­ed Press pho­tog­ra­ph­er Anja Niedring­haus was killed today, shot to death by an Afghan police­man while cov­er­ing the upcom­ing nation­al elec­tion. She cov­ered con­flicts from Bosnia to Afghanistan for more than 20 years, earn­ing…

You will be remembered as a hero by the rest of us.
Rest in peace.

Gokhan Cukurova http://flip.it/CoB3E

Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus Killed in Afghanistan
theatlantic.com

Asso­ci­at­ed Press pho­tog­ra­ph­er Anja Niedring­haus was killed today, shot to death by an Afghan police­man while cov­er­ing the upcom­ing nation­al elec­tion. She cov­ered con­flicts from Bosnia to Afghanistan for more than 20 years, earn­ing…

You will be remembered as a hero by the rest of us. Rest in peace. Gokhan Cukurova http://flip.it/CoB3E


This is Jacek, my father-in-law and his favorite toy, his Harley Davidson Fatboy photographed by me yesterday afternoon near #Krakow, #Poland

This is Jacek, my father-in-law and his favorite toy, his Harley Davidson Fatboy photographed by me yesterday afternoon near #Krakow, #Poland


enjoyed a ride with my father-in-law yesterday

#Krakow #Poland


I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle (thanks to my mother who witnessed a biker fly and hit a post, die on scene, never let us on bikes) but I was one hell of a BMX rider back in the day. Even posing with this Harley Davidson Fatboy was fun, photographing it was more fun, riding even on the back seat on the country roads was priceless.
I had good time photographing Karolina’s dad and uncles with their bikes. More to come. 
I am preparing the last minute workshop details and enjoying my time with family, not so worried about spending time “sharing”
No offense :)
See you later, G

I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle (thanks to my mother who witnessed a biker fly and hit a post, die on scene, never let us on bikes) but I was one hell of a BMX rider back in the day. Even posing with this Harley Davidson Fatboy was fun, photographing it was more fun, riding even on the back seat on the country roads was priceless.

I had good time photographing Karolina’s dad and uncles with their bikes. More to come. 
I am preparing the last minute workshop details and enjoying my time with family, not so worried about spending time “sharing”
No offense :)

See you later,
G


I am two years old!

Although I am publishing this blog post from Poland, it is about my trip to San Francisco about a month ago. Why wait this long? www.DispatchPhotoBlog.com turns 2 this month. 

San Francisco 2014
This was my third visit to one of the most beautiful, most scenic, most expensive cities in the world, it was my first visit for business, this time I was in San Francisco to photograph an engagement session of a client who is getting married in Chicago in 2015 but recently relocated to San Francisco.

I have my own favorite spots in the area, such as the Point Montara Lighthouse, the Coit Tower, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Park… Also aware of how hard it is to park in this town. Almost every house has a garage entrance on the street level, in the front of the buildings so people drive into their houses which limits the street parking drastically. 

I have to admit though, leaving Chicago for Miami on the east cost, San Francisco on the west cost back to back in two weekends was wonderful as we experienced one of Chicago’s coldest winters in decades. 

Instead of staying in a hotel, I stayed with one of my good friends, someone I call a sister for years, a young, talented Columbia graduate fine-art/fashion photographer Kara Cooper.
During her school years In Chicago, Kara assisted me at several weddings and immediately become the sister I have never had. After her graduation, she traveled around the world and when she returned, she moved to San Francisco. We never lost contact and during this trip, she made her apartment mine, opened her door to me. It was so great to catch up, have not seen her in months, since she flew from San Francisco to Chicago to shoot a wedding amd stayed with us.

She was going to assist me at this shoot so we met at Philz’ Coffee near the San Francisco’s Civic Center where  you can not order a cappuccino, espresso or a latte as they do not offer anything but good cup of regular coffee. The barista who took my order sounded extremely educated on coffee. But I still was not allowed to pour the amount of sugar and cream I could have in my coffee, they were happy to add them for me :)
Medium cream, medium sugar was what I started on, tasted, gave it back for additional sugar. It sure was a different experience but i think I will try another cafe next time. 

Kara currently lives in Oakland, just on the other side of the bay, not far from the Bay Bridge. The day I arrived happened to be the “first friday” where hundreds of  people fill the streets, eat, drink, dance. It was an unforgettable night as Kara and I talked for hours non-stop, sat on the sidewalk, ate street food, drank sake, later on tried some of the best buritos I have ever had..

The next day was the shoot. We started by the Bay Bridge, finished with the magical view of the Golden Gate Bridge at Baker Beach. Hardest part of this shoot was to limit our locations as the beauty is al ost everywhere. I can shoot an engagement session in San Francisco for a week a d still not get tired. We did a shoot at the Golden Gate Park, the Sutro Baths (thanks to Kara for mentioning this hidden gem) 

While we were shooting on Baker Beach, we spotted a seal just off shore, sticking his/her head out and looking at the people on the beach. That was such a treat. I was wearing my boots and didnt bother taking them off, the beach was crowded with couples and of course photographers, so we had to walk, I didnt want to carry my boots. These are Chicago Police Boots, high, very comfortable a d water proof. Yes, I managed to get hit by a decent wave as high as my knee and filled my boots with ocean water which was ok, in the beginning.

After the shoot, we both were craving for sushi and ice cream. We had some great sushi at Ta-Ke Sushi and ice cream at Fenton’s and loved it.
Walking around with soaking wet sucks and boots was becoming harder by minute. 

Sunday morning: Going back to Chicago 
 My boots were still so wet. Before heading to the sf international airport, we went to a coin laundry in Oakland to dry them. 

The whole trip was full of unforgettable memories.
Big thanks to Jen&Eric for flying my half way around the country for their engagement session and Kara for hosting  me at her lovely apartment, assisting me, making me delicious breakfasts, french press coffee and most importantly being the sister I never had.

The reason I saved this blog post for this date was to make this blog’s second anniversary a very special one.

I have been blogging regularly for over three years, it used to be once a Sunday, (Sunday Photo Talk) then changed it to more frequent Photographers Daily… Those blogs are gone and Dispatch have been pretty steady, consistent. I just have hard time believeing that its been two years with Dispatch Photo Blog. Time really flies.

And now about 900 subscribers strong!

Visit Kara’s website here

and her blog about her travels around the world here


Nothing Has Changed

Leaving for Krakow and Prague in an hour, dropped Rusty of at our friend’s house this afternoon and already miss the son of a gun!  Pulled out some of our old photos. the only thing I see changed is the couch we have in the living room. Some of these photos are 5 years old but nothing in our routine has changed over time. We are exactly the same today, knowing and accepting that it will all change when our baby arrives this summer. Top three photos, obviously, Rusty and I are sleeping on the couch after a long day at work, 

then Rusty sleeping alone, 

Rusty watching Cesar Milan to learn how to be a good boy while daddy learns how to be a good daddy :)

Rusty trying out new goggles before learning how to swim :)

Rusty getting ready for his first date,

Rusty riding on a new Harley with Uncle Tom,

and the last one… Second time Rusty is swimming. I went in the water deep enough so he had to swim back. Now he thinks he is a fish! When we go to the dog beach, he never wants to come back. Just like all other dogs.

Love you pup, see you in two weeks. Thank you for the joy you brought in our lives!

G


Look at this face! 
I am leaving for Europe tomorrow to teach my annual wedding photography workshop in Krakow and Prague. I have a wedding to shoot today. Started packing this morning and Rusty lays next to my clothing, rub him on some of my stuff. 
How do you leave this face behind? I wish I could take him with us. But he will spend next two weeks with our friends with a nice backyard, two boys who adore dogs and a cute pup named Nickel who loves spending time with Rusty. 
According to Ty family, Rusty and Nickel are inseparable while we are gone. They stop playing and running around when it’s time to go to bed! That’s a wonderful thing. Much better than a animal hotel.

Look at this face!
I am leaving for Europe tomorrow to teach my annual wedding photography workshop in Krakow and Prague. I have a wedding to shoot today. Started packing this morning and Rusty lays next to my clothing, rub him on some of my stuff.
How do you leave this face behind? I wish I could take him with us. But he will spend next two weeks with our friends with a nice backyard, two boys who adore dogs and a cute pup named Nickel who loves spending time with Rusty.
According to Ty family, Rusty and Nickel are inseparable while we are gone. They stop playing and running around when it’s time to go to bed! That’s a wonderful thing. Much better than a animal hotel.


One of my favorites from a recent Miami wedding.. Windy, warm Miami Beach afternoon, Emilio and Kanchana. 03.01.2014
If you are getting married in 2015, this is the time to book me or one of my awesome associates as we book about 12-18 months in advance. 
We are available nationally and internationally.
www.GokhanWeddings.com

One of my favorites from a recent Miami wedding.. Windy, warm Miami Beach afternoon, Emilio and Kanchana. 03.01.2014

If you are getting married in 2015, this is the time to book me or one of my awesome associates as we book about 12-18 months in advance. 
We are available nationally and internationally.

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This is what it looks like when a male sea­horse gives birth. pic.twitter.com/lmtyI6kG9G

Iearnsomething: This is what it looks like …
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This is what it looks like when a male sea­horse gives birth. pic.twitter.com/lmtyI6kG9G


Public Murals by A’shop Crew on the Streets of Montreal
Christopher Jobson, thisiscolossal.com
Montreal based A’shop crew is an artist-run production company that creates graffiti murals, street art, and other public art displays. Most of their work is heavily influenced by graffiti but has also found inspiration elsewhere like their 2011…

Massive and beautiful! http://flip.it/BXkjh

Public Murals by A’shop Crew on the Streets of Montreal
Christopher Jobson, thisiscolossal.com

Montreal based A’shop crew is an artist-run production company that creates graffiti murals, street art, and other public art displays. Most of their work is heavily influenced by graffiti but has also found inspiration elsewhere like their 2011…

Massive and beautiful! http://flip.it/BXkjh