Visual Storyteller and Photographer Ogulcan Arslan  is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘PEARL’ To see Ogulcan’s body of work, click on any image.





They were, following their domestication, creatures providing mankind’s travels and communication on the first hand. Nowadays, while everyone can communicate with smartphones or applications even from hundreds of thousands kilometers away, it may be hard to imagine but for a very long time words coming from good tidings or bad news, people’s dreams or thoughts were loaded on horses and reached their destinations.

Even though the important roles of horses in daily lives changed with the invention of steam engines, still speaking about engine capacity as ‘horsepower’ points out the continuous role in the semantic world. The intimacy between horses and their owners at Burgazada resonates the close bonds of the past.




Horses, while they don’t carry people from place to place, after waking up and eating their first meal of the day get released from their barns and until 6 PM, freely walk around the island. From the impressions I got during my observations; because their minds are at their barns and they don’t get too far from where they internalize as home, their stillness explain their momentary freedom.



While the news about banning the horse carriages and bringing electric carriages instead all through the Princes Islands are on the agenda, it’s inevitable for ‘Pearl’, the first horse that I met and made contact with, take the leading role in my photographic story. In Pearl’s eyes, there are traces of centuries-old helpfulness of their archaic companionships as well as innocence, sensitivity and sensuality.

Given the name Pearl, which is a substance that can be found as a whole in nature, doesn’t need to be processed or polished and on that sense can be associated with wisdom, is a justification of this centenary friendship in a way.





All images and text © Ogulcan Arslan



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