Mustafa Çankaya works for the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. He spends his days doing his job, which involves interacting with thousands of people every day.

His passion for photography led him to start a portrait project, taking photos of people from all over the world.

He started in March 2018 and has hundreds of photos on his Instagram already.

Çankaya showcases the photos and keeps a running tally. While his goals is to get to 100 faces from 100 countries, he'll photograph anyone who stands out to him. As of this writing, he's at 124 faces from 80 countries.

The photos come in pairs. First, a straight-on head shot.

Then a more natural shot.

In each head shot, he states what country his subject is from and the running tally of faces and countries in the tags.

In the natural shot, he describes who they are, what they do, and where they're going.

Çankaya likes to provide updates on his progress.

This is often in the form of an image of his countries, or sometimes he gets a little creative.

People are champing at the bit to be in his photo series.



Others are very positive about his project.



Çankaya himself is active in the comments, responding to praise and offers to be photographed.



When he's reached his 100-country goal, he plans to turn the series into an art exhibit. Çankaya's website includes this project but also has others. As a photographer, he's shot performances, festivals, and art exhibitions.

Christmas is upon us. It's time to get those Christmas present lists together.

So... who has been naughty and who has been nice?

Who is getting diamonds and who is getting coal? Yuck, coal. Is that even a thing anymore? Who even started that idea?

There has to be some funnier or more "for the times" type of "you've been naughty" stocking stuffer.

I feel like the statement coal used to make is kind of last century at this point.

Apparently I'm not alone in this thinking.

Keep reading... Show less

I admit, I love my stuffed animals. They're the best.

Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.

What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?

Believe it or not, it's quite possible to form emotional attachments to inanimate objects!

Keep reading... Show less
Nik Shulaihin/Unsplash

They say your 30's hits different, like one day you're young a hopeful and the next day you're just WAY too old for this.

What is the "this" you're suddenly too old for?

No idea. It's different for everyone, but make no mistake, it'll happen to you too.

Maybe it already has?


Keep reading... Show less

Do all mothers go to the say mom school or something? Because they seem to share the same advice or go on the same platitudes, don't they?

Here's an idea.

Maybe they're just older, have more experience, and are trying to keep us from being dumbasses in public. At least, that's what I think.

I'm definitely grateful for my mother's advice—it's saved me more than once—and it seems many out there are too. And they all seem to have heard the same things from their mothers, too.

Keep reading... Show less