Yagmur Ruzgar | Editor
Where are you from? I was born in Istanbul and have lived in Amsterdam, Berlin and Los Angeles for a while in the past years. I will be moving back to Germany in September to start my master studies in Public Art. What is it that you do? I am an editor writing in the fields of architecture and design. I work for several magazines as a freelancer, write about the news, make interviews. I also do styling for still life shootings. What inspires your work? Definitely the city. I try to find a reason (a job, a study, a friend) each time I travel so that I can stay longer and get to know the area better. I hate being a tourist if it’s for a short time :) Why do you love it? Because it contains all these structures, forms and colors that vary from city to city—reflecting their cultures, habits and daily routines. We live in it anywhere we go and the atmosphere has a huge effect on us and our feelings. I write about the urban areas, illustrate the buildings, and travel to discover more. Words of advice to anyone else trying to pursue their passion as a career? I studied Urban Planning at the university and had no idea what to do when I graduate. I started my blog “urbanbacklog.com” while studying, to write about the urban details I see in the cities. I wanted to compose my own content with my own photos. Now it is growing, having contributors from all around the world and each participant is writing about the details through their eyes. I think the first step while starting a career is to find a way to reveal yourself through an outcome. It can be a product, a website, a video or a poem—depending on your interest. When you create something and publish it online, which is the easiest thing nowadays thanks to the social media, the opportunities just come and find you. I never had to apply for a job or show my portfolio. The blog that I have created with love showed what I do and spoke for me.
Check out more of Yagmur's work here: urbanbacklog.com