The jet set life of pho­tog­ra­pher Helin Bereket

Tips from the world’s most dis­cern­ing trav­ellers

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I'm a free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher and con­tent cre­ator, orig­i­nally from Is­tan­bul and cur­rently based in Ber­lin. Af­ter com­plet­ing my bach­e­lor stud­ies in ar­chi­tec­ture in Is­tan­bul, I de­cided to move to Ber­lin to do my mas­ter’s in art at the Ber­lin Weis­sensee School of Art, which opened me up to new di­men­sions be­tween ar­chi­tec­ture and art, en­abling me to work in a more in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary way with me­dia such as pho­tog­ra­phy. I cre­ated my In­sta­gram ac­count in 2015 and, ul­ti­mately, my new­found craft be­came my job. I love trav­el­ling and cap­tur­ing new places and mo­ments with my cam­era and shar­ing them on my feed. Fol­low: @helinbereket Howof­ten­doy­outravel? I try to take two, three­week trips at least three times a year and then sev­eral shorter trips in Europe. Do you have a favourite piece of cloth­ing that has to come with you when you travel? My out­fits mostly de­pend on the trips. When trav­el­ing in na­ture, I pre­fer com­fort­able, in­ex­pen­sive clothes, as I like to get in touch with nat­u­ral sur­faces. When I travel in a city, I also pre­fer com­fort­able clothes as I walk a lot. My ASOS denim jump­suit is one of my favourite pieces. It’s quite use­ful since it’s just one piece and is suit­able for both sum­mer and win­ter. I also love the colour peach. Can you tell us about some of the quirki­est places you’ve vis­ited? Danakil De­pres­sion. This is a ge­o­log­i­cal de­pres­sion in the Afar re­gion of north­ern Ethiopia. It’s roughly 125m be­low sea level and is one of the hottest places on Earth. It con­sists of sul­fur springs, vol­ca­noes, acidic pools, which cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar multi-coloured scene. Then there’s Dead­vlei in Namibia – a white clay pan which was formed af­ter rain­fall. The Tsauchab River flooded and cre­ated shal­low pools where camel thorn trees grew. When the cli­mate changed, the sand dunes blocked the river and the trees died. To­day the pan is full of the re­main­ing black skele­tons of the trees which are be­lieved to have died about 700 years ago. What places caught your at­ten­tion for their beauty? I en­joyed walk­ing on the ter­races of Lego House in Den­mark as much as I did watch­ing wild flamin­gos in Namibia. I liked the blue of Che­fchaouen in Mo­rocco as much as the pink of Los An­ge­les. Every place has its own dy­namic and gives you a dif­fer­ent feel­ing.

Le­goHouse, Den­mark


DanakilDe­pres­sion, Ethiopia



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