All human beings are dream beings and some are as well day dreaming...
For “feeling human” Umut Vedat, born 1980 in Istanbul, Turkey, started working as an independent documentary photographer and film maker, he travelled not only Turkey but around the world. He collaborated with several local and International NGOs such as Roots&Routes, Greenpeace, TEMA, La Via Campesina; as a documentarist working on the topics of discrimination, minority situations, cultural interactions and environmental subjects. Walking on the path of documentary he accessed an intense world of expressions, forwarding the emotions he is observing.
Prior to his photo-journalism career Umut Vedat worked as an creative director in commercial business but quit this field in the end of 2011 in order to be able to work independently from customers needs. During this time he as well realized how video-art and screen-dance films are very suitable tools for expressing his own emotions. He filmed several screen-dance videos which are screen-played in France, Germany, Turkey, UK, Ireland, U.S.A, Argantine... His photos and articles as a photo journalist have been published via local&world-wide media such as Guardian, Le Monde, Sierra, Agos, Bianet… He had several solo exhibitions such as in Istanbul, Yerevan and Tbilisi and also contributed to several exhibitions around the world. He directed and filmed a documentary Dark Atlas (2016), about grassroots environmental (anti-coal) movements(2012-2016) in Turkey, screened at numerios of festivals and grassroots are using the movie as an activism material for the movement.
Nowadays he is living and studying in Budapest&Tallinn for his master degree in cinematography.