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Dasvant is a noncommercial showcase for us to exhibit the work we have shot/done/distorted. It's our turn to get behind the camera. Sorry for the the glitches and mistakes.


Dasvant is derived from the word das[u]vant in Hittite language. It means blind. We have chosen it as a title for its obvious irony and as a small tribute to the cultural heritage of the land on which we live.






dasvant is a project of stb

read more fabula 2 

posted on 15.10.2014 

A stop motion animation using bookmarks. They have been separated from their original contexts to become parts of a brand new story. Fabula means story in Latin.

Animation: Ozlem Mengiliboru

read more hyacinth in water 

posted on 15.01.2014 

27 November 2013
Hyacinth bulbs in water in a dark cold area

6 January 2014
The roots has grown and the top has begun to elongate after six weeks


read more attack of the killer sapiens 

posted on 19.12.2012 

"Attack of the.." or "Invasion of the.." films have a special place in the history of B-movies. Their stories generally center around the invasion of aliens or attack of mutated monsters. To leave all those subtexts about the cold war and anti-communism aside, in these films, it is the humanity that struggles, gets attacked and slaughtered. It's also the humanity that wins most of the time.

But, is everything so simple? Who is the invader? Does the threat have to come from outside? Is the monster always a stranger? That is why I like the "What if.." question. It opens up the space to see other possibilities, revert the cases, look awry...

read more cappadocia - balloons 

posted on 03.07.2012 

Cappadocia or Katpatuka meaning Land of Beautiful Horses. It has a unique landscape. The documented history of Cappadocia goes back to 4000 years ago starting with Hittites. Some caves are still in use even today.

Our intention was to shoot the sunset. But we came back with a sunrise shot instead. The balloons were completely unexpected, a total surprise. They began to rise right after the sunrise. We extended our shooting time in order to include them in the sequence.


Uchisar, Goreme-Turkey, 30.06.2012
Between 04:52-08:16
Shooting duration: 204 minutes
Canon EOS 5D mark II
Lens: EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
F-stop: f/11.0
ISO: 50
Exposure time: AV
Exposure bias: -1.3 step
Shot by Ozlem-Can Mengiliboru



Behind the scenes shot by GoPro HD Hero.


read more cappadocia - star trails 

posted on 03.07.2012 

Our dream was a star trail shot at the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. We did location scouting during the day to get the pole star in the frame and decided to that Pasabagi Zelve was the most appropriate spot. The moonlight was very helpful. A local dog accompanied us during the shooting and then fell asleep. It was still sleeping when we were leaving.


Zelve, Goreme-Turkey, 30.06.2012
Between 21:35-22:35
Shooting duration: 60 minutes
Canon EOS 5D mark II
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, 24mm
F-stop: f/8.0
ISO: 640
Exposure time: 30 sec
Shot by Ozlem-Can Mengiliboru



Uchisar, Goreme-Turkey, 29.06.2012
Between 22:10-23:10
Shooting duration: 60 minutes
Canon EOS 5D mark II
Lens: EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO: 640
Exposure time: 10 sec
Shot by Ozlem-Can Mengiliboru


read more fabula 

posted on 18.01.2012 

This is the story of a woman who likes to read. The story is totally fictional. The female character of the story is too fictional. Such a woman never existed. But the photographs are real. They belong to various women who lived in various times and places. They have been separated from their original contexts to become parts of a brand new story.

Animation: Ozlem Mengiliboru

Hoping that the owners of the photos will be understanding..

read more emiT 

posted on 27.12.2011 

It's impossible to turn back the clock or stop the time (for now?), but we can imagine it. As we leave a year behind, we'd like to say 'why not'.

The shoot was done in February 2011 within the scope of a project, waiting since then. 'Time' writings at the background was done by custom bokeh.

read more modulor 

posted on 05.07.2011 

The anthropometric and numeric scale of proportions, named "Modulor" by the architect Le Corbusier, is an effort to achieve a universal standard. However, standardization is always problematic as it leaves out anything that is perceived as a deviation. As Jung said, we can calculate the average weight of all the pebbles on a beach and find the specific number 145 grams, whereas in fact there may not be even a single stone on that beach weighing exactly that.

This short stop motion animation is an effort to pit standard and nonstandard (real or imaginary) against each other.

Animation: Ozlem Mengiliboru
Filmed by: Can Mengiliboru
Music: Garageband

  • ozlem
    hamurun içindeki her tür tanımlama, belirleme, sınırlandırma çabasına kafa tutan cinsten. 
    13.07.2011, 12:23
  • trerdall
    bir taraftan insanın düzeni sağlamak üzere herşeyi biribirine benzetme, aynılaştırma çabası, öte yandan rutini bozma, düzenli olanı reddetme içgüdüsü... merak ediyorum. Hamurun içindeki ruh kimindi? çok beğendim. Sevgi ve saygılarımla. Erdal Yılmaz 13/07/2011  
    13.07.2011, 10:56
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read more spatior 

posted on 17.06.2011 

A stroll that starts at Ankara Botanik (Botanical) Park, passes through Segmenlar Park and ends at the Kugulu (Swan) Park. The walklapse shoot was done with GoPro HD Hero. Spaitor means to stroll, walk around in Latin.

Filmed by : Ozlem Mengiliboru, Can Mengiliboru
Edited by : Orhan Anafarta

read more play dough 6: behind the scene 

posted on 05.05.2011 

"Play Dough 6: Big Brother's Watching You" shot using a DIY-Motorized Timelapse Slider (Igus Rail).

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