To see more photos from photojournalist Guy Martin, follow @mrguymartin on Instagram.
Photojournalist Guy Martin (@mrguymartin) won’t exactly say what he’s doing in a mountain village in Bulgaria photographing ceremonial outdoor wedding beds. He professes, however: “Those pictures and the real reason behind those images will become clear at the end of the year—believe me, those beds are just the beginning!”
Creating a sense of playful intrigue through the images on his feed is par for the course for Guy. Raised in the southwest of England but based in Istanbul, Guy moves fluidly between long-term personal projects and editorial assignments for major publications. One week he’s in Turkey continuing his on-going series on the rowdy world of Turkish soap operas and the next he’s road tripping across Ukraine for a magazine story. In either case, Guy’s unique visual interpretation of the world around him is a constant. “For me, successful documentary photography has to come from a very personal, subjective place. I try, as much as is possible to weave my personal experience into every single picture I take. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
Guy’s path to professional photography wasn’t a straight line. He actually used to be a semi-professional bodyboarder. But since his teen years the calling of photography was strong. “I think from about 17 or 18, I knew that my attention was being diverted into the world of social engaged photography, images and visual storytelling,” he says. Coming into adulthood during the early years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan only pushed him further to his calling. “I was too young to cover them professionally, but those wars, and events from the Middle East greatly shaped my outlook and engagement with the world.”