Aleksander Safa Topal
Born in Vakfıkebir, Trabzon/Turkey in 1989 and has spent his childhood in Giresun/Turkey with his family until the age of 18. He spent his summers on the slopes of Mount Sis in Giresun with his family until being a teenager. It's when he met with pastoral lifestyle and nature of Pontic Mountains.
It was 2008 Autumn when Aleksander Safa moved to Ankara to study on his degree in Information Technologies in Bilkent University in Ankara. In 2010, he moved to Carlow/Ireland for the academic year as part of Erasmus Study Programme. This is when he started photography while he already had a strong interest in film-making. He has been photographing anything with aesthetic properties when he can since then. After the Erasmus year in Ireland in 2011, he returned to Ankara to finish his degree in Bilkent University. He also studied cinema and visual arts courses as an addition to IT studies in Bilkent University.
After graduating from Bilkent University in 2014, he moved to Istanbul/Turkey for his first full time job in IT industry. In 2016, he moved to Dublin/Ireland to continue his career in the same industry. After quitting the company he was working for in 2019, he has continued his career as freelance software engineer as well as a freelance photographer during from 2020 to 2021.
It was 2022 Winter when he moved to Finland for his next full time job in IT industry.
He is based in Capital Region of Finland as of early 2022.