Ogulcan Temiz was born in 1993 in Ankara/Turkey. He graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He went to Carleton University/Canada with an exchange program during his third year. He studied M.A. Media, Communications & P.R. in Swansea University/U.K.
Due to some career-wise disappointments during his undergraduate education, he planned a trip to Latin America as a new dream, to be fulfilled after his graduation. He backpacked Latin America between September 2016 to May 2017.
When he returned to Turkey after Latin America, he didn’t know ‘what to do’, but knew ‘what not to do’, and did not fully acquaint with himself. Thus, he handed in his resignation on the first Friday of his white-collar internship, at the general directorate of a bank in Istanbul. After that, his several attempts to get various jobs failed. While he was thinking to start his job, he went to Italy due to being admitted to a ‘Project Management’ master’s degree. However, he involuntarily dropped out of school in the second month. Now, he continues to fight on the ‘career front’ of the war against life.
He is sensitive, child-minded, loves to dream and disappear in dreams, tell stories using audio-visual tools, experience adventures, creates emotional works that can appeal to the soul, use foreign languages, read world cultures and history of the universe (both Space and the Earth). He predicts that soon, he would become a journalist, travel guide, creative director, or something related to communication.
His biggest hobbies are photography, astronomy, writing, and piano playing. At the same time, he enjoys meeting new people from all over the world, listening to their stories, learning ‘their language’ and trying to ‘speak their language’, which don’t only mean voice communication. He can speak English fluently, Spanish in intermediate, and Turkish at the ‘beginning(!)’ level, which he noticed while writing his book, because of the rich culture of Anatolia.
His book about Latin America got published in Turkey in September 2019, in the Turkish language. The book narrates his personal world view, Latin America’s history, culture, communities, and his own experiences with colour photos on each page.
I’m interested in anything that arouses emotions and the spirituality of a person. It can be photography, losing myself in philosophical thoughts of astronomy, looking at a painting and dreaming the events that are depicted on it, listening to old pieces of vinyl that I collect, playing to the piano while letting me and the piano’s soul merge on way to new worlds, hearing the wind on top of a mountain or in a beach to sense the dimension of time…
In a networking event, we were asked to write words that define us without thinking, and show our words to other people that we’ll meet and greet. Here were my words: Photography, astronomy, storytelling, writing.
Though, I also have a hunger to learn history, cultures, languages, do audiovisual contents, documentaries.
My mind often dreams and loses connection to reality in the day time, in search of a ‘thing’ that will get me inspired. Then, I use that inspiration to develop creative work on the thing I’m working on.