Omer Saruhanlioglu was born in Turkey in 1960 and first began taking photos using analog cameras in the 80’s.
In his younger days he participated in the Mevlevi Sufi order and performed ritual Sema (whirling)
He is passionately in love with the “ney,” the key instrument in Mevlevi order and tradition, because of it being refered to by the great Sufi Master Rumi at the begining of his epic Mathnawi. After almost forty years Omer is still “looking for that ‘sound’” as the greatest living ney master once said.
As well as photography Omer translates books from English into the Turkish language on subjects on Sufisim from the author William Chittick.