Çankaya, who works at the Atatürk Airport, decided to take portraits of travelers after seeing different faces pass by him every day.
Mustafa Çankaya is a photographer and has always been intrigued by faces. Çankaya watches hordes of people flit in and out of the airport on a daily basis with an urgency to go places. Çankaya, who works at the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, decided to start documenting them and he's turned it into something beautiful. "I see thousands of different faces passing by every day, from every culture and every part of the world. This inspired me to combine my passion for photography with my work at the airport and create a new project called 100 Faces 100 Countries," said Çankaya, reported Bored Panda.
Çankaya always looks for people that stand out in a crowd, be it their face, their dress, or their hairstyle. He seeks them out and asks them if he can feature them for his project. Çankaya ensures they're ok with as the "most important (thing) is the atmosphere between me and the participant." He started the project in March 2018 and has made it a point to carry his camera to work every day. He has more than 100 portraits from 77 different countries. He is eager to continue with this project and hopes to hold exhibitions all over the world. Here is some of his stunning work:
Daisy was flying back to Kenya 🇰🇪 after a family visit to Denmark 🇩🇰
Aleix is a software developer from Spain 🇪🇸 and was flying to Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 to hold therapy sessions and shows as part of NGO Clowns Without Borders’ work in refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in emergency situations.
Emil is a filmmaker and journalist from Sweden 🇸🇪 and was heading to Nairobi 🇰🇪
Slobodana lives in Sweden 🇸🇪 and was heading to Albania 🇦🇱 where her husband manages a campsite.
Maxim hails from Russia 🇷🇺 and lives in Australia 🇦🇺. His spiritual name is Yogi Matsyendranath and he teaches yoga.
Rachel 🇺🇸 was headed to Albania 🇦🇱 where she is currently serving with Peace Corps Volunteer.
Robin is the drummer of the band @princevincefl from Liechtenstein.
Cheryl is an interior designer from India 🇮🇳 but has been living in Sri Lanka for the past 12 years. Cheryl visited her brother in the USA, before transiting through Istanbul, and heading home to India.
Jussi owns a tattoo and piercing studio called Paradise in Helsinki, and was headed to Uganda 🇺🇬.
Julius is the CEO of WinKey Online English Academy, an e-learning English teaching service across Asia
Aziza was heading to Medina.
Alana was traveling from India to New York.
Alex is a multi-skilled circus artist from Belarus.
Maria is a yoga teacher, classical guitar player, and food photographer.
Alex lives in Kigali, Rwanda 🇷🇼 , and is a dance artist, creative facilitator, and event ogranizer.
Sawsan is an architecture student at Eastern Mediterranean University and was headed for North Cyprus.
Sylvain is a trader and was head to India.
Pan works in Mauritania as an interpreter and was headed to China.
Rustem works in Russia and was traveling to Ashgabat.
Dagmo is a homeroom teacher at Kuwait City.
Farzam is a model from Iran and was traveling to China.
Korin was running to catch her flight after the picture was taken so Çankaya doesn't know much else about her.
Joao is a digital marketing manager and published author from Portugal
Selam is building a business in Dubai and Istanbul. She was heading back home to Eritrea
BafuChafu is a Reggae and Dancehall artist from Nairobi.
Yulia is a DJ 🎧
Marcus works on a cruise ship.
Ulya is studying Business Management and is also into modeling. She was headed for Budapest.
You can follow Mustafa Çankaya's work on Instagram or on his website.