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Man who works at the airport has photographed unique people from all over the world

Çankaya, who works at the Atatürk Airport, decided to take portraits of travelers after seeing different faces pass by him every day.

Man who works at the airport has photographed unique people from all over the world
Imagte source: Instagram/100faces100countries

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:

1. Daisy from Kenya


Daisy was flying back to Kenya 🇰🇪 after a family visit to Denmark 🇩🇰

2. Aleix from Spain


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.

3. Emil from Sweden 


Emil is a filmmaker and journalist from Sweden 🇸🇪 and was heading to Nairobi 🇰🇪

4. Slobodana from Bosnia and Herzegovina


Slobodana lives in Sweden 🇸🇪 and was heading to Albania 🇦🇱 where her husband manages a campsite.

5. Yogi Matsyendranath Maharaj is a Guru of Russian 🇷🇺 origin recognized in India


Maxim hails from Russia 🇷🇺 and lives in Australia 🇦🇺. His spiritual name is Yogi Matsyendranath and he teaches yoga.

6. Rachel from the USA 🇺🇸  


Rachel 🇺🇸 was headed to Albania 🇦🇱 where she is currently serving with Peace Corps Volunteer.

7. Robin from Liechtenstein


Robin is the drummer of the band @princevincefl from Liechtenstein. 

8. Cheryl from India 



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.

9. Jussi from Finland


Jussi owns a tattoo and piercing studio called Paradise in Helsinki, and was headed to Uganda 🇺🇬.

10. Julius from the Philippines


Julius is the CEO of WinKey Online English Academy, an e-learning English teaching service across Asia

11. Aziza from Saudi Arabia


Aziza was heading to Medina.

12. Alana from Australia


Alana was traveling from India to New York.

13. Alex from Belarus



Alex is a multi-skilled circus artist from Belarus.

14. Maria from Latvia 



Maria is a yoga teacher, classical guitar player, and food photographer. 

15. Alex from Uganda


Alex lives in Kigali, Rwanda 🇷🇼 , and is a dance artist, creative facilitator, and event ogranizer.

16. Sawsan from Libya


Sawsan is an architecture student at Eastern Mediterranean University and was headed for North Cyprus. 

17. Sylvain from Benin


Sylvain is a trader and was head to India.

18. Pan from China


Pan works in Mauritania as an interpreter and was headed to China.

19. Rustem from Turkmenistan


Rustem works in Russia and was traveling to Ashgabat. 

20. Dagmo from Somalia


Dagmo is a homeroom teacher at Kuwait City.

21. Farzam from Iran


Farzam is a model from Iran and was traveling to China. 

22. Korin from Israel 


Korin was running to catch her flight after the picture was taken so Çankaya doesn't know much else about her.

23. Joao from Portugal 


Joao is a digital marketing manager and published author from Portugal

24. Selam from Eritrea 


Selam is building a business in Dubai and Istanbul. She was heading back home to Eritrea 

25. BafuChafu from Kenya


BafuChafu is a Reggae and Dancehall artist from Nairobi. 

26. Yulia from Ukraine


Yulia is a DJ 🎧 

28. Marcus is from Mauritius


Marcus works on a cruise ship.

30. Ulya from Mongolia


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.

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