Mustafa Çankaya is a photographer from Istanbul who also works at Atatürk Airport.
He sees thousands of different faces passing by everyday, from every culture and every part of the world. It is like a treasure for a photographer like him! This inspired him to combine his passion for photography with his work at the airport and create a new project called “100 Faces 100 Countries”.
The project works like this: Mustafa walks around the transit section of the airport during his break trying to find the right face. The person that he decides to shoot has to be different in some way. It could be the hairstyle or the dress but the most important is the atmosphere between him and the participant.
He started the project in March 2018 and currently has taken 117 portraits from 77 different countries. He will continue with his project with the hope of having an exhibition of 100 different countries.
Scroll down to see some of his work and comment and upvote your favorites!
1 Freya From Scotland
Freya studies Human Sciences at University of Oxford. She was flying to Kenya for her studies.
2 Jussi From Finland
Jussi owns a tattoo studio in Helsinki. We met before his flight to Africa. He was going to have a long journey to the middle of the jungle.
3 Gorana From Serbia
Gorana was having a quick drink before her flight to Belgrade.
4 Sebastian From Poland
Sebastian's last adventure was the trip to the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan. He climbed to the Peak Korzhenevskaya which is 7105 m high and it took him 8 days. He was there at the same time (13th August) when the helicopter crash happened and three Russian climbers and two Tajik pilots died in the accident.
5 Nicole From Ukraine
Nicole is a tattoo artist from Odessa. She was starting a tour in Europe for tattoo lovers.
6 Shayma From Kuwait
Shayma was following the project before we met. She wrote me between her connecting flight to Greece. She studies medicine in Malta and also volunteers for refugees in Athens.
7 Sara From Tanzania
Sara was in Barcelona for holidays. I really love the natural look in this picture.
8 Katirina From Bulgaria
Katirina was on work & travel program at New Jersey with her friend. I met them on the way back to Bulgaria.
9 Miljana From Serbia
Miljana is a tattoo artist. She was having holidays with her boyfriend.
10 Sophie From France
Sophie plays her guitar as a hobby. When I met her, she was waiting for her flight to Lebanon. She has chosen a good destination to learn Arabic!