Hello, I'm Uğur Gallenkuş and I live in Istanbul, Turkey. I'm trying to show the important social problems the world is facing, such as injustice and war, by putting two pictures side-by-side within a single frame. By doing this, I want to demonstrate the stark contrast between the two worlds we live in.

I started my first parallel universe photo collages on a news story. I started to see fear and despair in the eyes of refugee children trying to get to Europe. I think we don't know the ugly truth about war, famine, and other important issues. Today, you may be living in peace, but as long as these problems continue, you may eventually be exposed to them. As an artist, I believe that art is the master of all languages. For a long time, art has been used to create awareness that helps in awakening communities.

With my photo manipulations, I wanted to show the difference between developed and underdeveloped countries. The message I want to convey through my work is versatile. Developed countries live in luxury and peace, but I would like to remind them that people in underdeveloped countries live in pain, hunger, and war. I also wanted to remind underdeveloped countries that they could elect better governments and get a decent education, so they can be as strong and peaceful as developed countries. I want to show the problems of the modern world, such as greed and injustice.

Modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had two premises: "Peace at home, peace in the world" and "The biggest battle is the war against ignorance", and I wish the whole world would live by them.

Find my previous photo editings here, here, here, and here.

More info: Instagram | indiegogo.com

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Syria

Syria

Photo: Abdullah Hammam

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Esca Sav 4 months ago

I don't think I even have any words

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Greece

Greece

A Syrian refugee carrying his daughter towards Greece’s border with Macedonia, 2015. Photo: Yannis Behrakis

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MEB 4 months ago

Superdad...

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Turkey

Turkey

A woman walks past tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province on October 11, 2014. Photo: Aris Messinis

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MEB 4 months ago

Love how the photographs are merged.

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Syria

Syria

Mohammed Mohiedin Anis, or Abu Omar, 70, smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom listening to music on his vinyl player, gramophone, in Aleppo. Photo: Joseph Eid

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jamie1707 4 months ago

That pic. Heart wrenching yeah?

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#5

Yemen

Yemen

The four-year conflict between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels linked to Iran has pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine, leaving many unable to afford food and water, with a total of 5.2 million children at risk of starvation according to the NGO. Photo: Essa Ahmed

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Daria Z 4 months ago

Heartbreaking...

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#6

Iraq

Iraq

Destroyed buildings in Mosul framed through the window of a damaged hotel near the Old City. Photo: Felipe Dana

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Marc 4 months ago

Look what they did to that country. Death is the winner of every war. Syria used to be a cultural center for hundreds of years. No look at it. It will take decades to rebuild, if ever possible.

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#7

South Sudan

South Sudan

Vickie, 4, holds a hairbrush in her mouth as she's walking in the Kuluba, Uganda, transit camp, March 31, 2017. The civil war in South Sudan has killed tens of thousands and driven out more than 1.5 million people in the past three years, creating the world’s largest refugee crisis. Photo: Jerome Delay

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RavenPuffPanda 4 months ago

sad...

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Iraq

Iraq

4-year-old Ali Nassar Fadil lies in a ward at the Italian Red Cross hospital on April 13, 2004 after losing his left arm and leg 5 days ago from a blast injury by U.S forces who shot from the air killing his grandfather and 9 others in Fallujah, Iraq. Photo: Paula Bronstein

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MEB 4 months ago

Absolutely heartbreaking...

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Liberia

Liberia

Child fighter poses with a gun at a military training facility during the Liberian Civil War. Photo: Patrick Robert 

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Heather Lambie 4 months ago

heartbreaking.

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#10

South Sudan

South Sudan

In December 2005 in Southern Sudan, a boy drinks water from the Akuem River, near the village of Malual Kon in Bahr el Ghazal State. Only about one-third of the population has access to safe drinking water, and the threat of water-borne disease has increased as towns swell due to the return of displaced people and refugees following decades of civil war. Photo: Georgina Cranston

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Heather Lambie 4 months ago

these images just rip at your heart!

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Mediterranean

Mediterranean

Refugees and migrants from Eritrea, Mali, Bangladesh and other countries wait on board a dinghy to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 27 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya. Photo: Santi Palacios

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R L 4 months ago (edited)

BlahBlah- may you never be a refugee, and experience the pain, suffering and unheard of torture that have forced these people to leave what is left of their home and families, and try to start a life in a country that they know nothing about, where the people close ranks because they are different in every aspect. 99% of them want to live quietly, improve their lives, and would go back to their own country if circumstances changed. No-one wants to be a refugee.

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Rohingya

Rohingya

A Rohingya refugee girl next to newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya on September 6, 2017. Photo: K.M. Asad

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Marc 4 months ago

Myanmar, where Aung San Suu Kyi is State Counsellor, a former peace nobel prize winner...

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Syria

Syria

Bombs drop from a MIG-23 fighter east of the capital, Damascus. Photo: Amer Almohibany

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Dániel Prim 4 months ago

That's a Su-24 bomber. The MiG-23 is single-engine.

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Everywhere

Everywhere

Don't shop, adopt.

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Zori the degu 4 months ago

Don't shop from puppy millers, that is. Adopt or, alternatively, shop only from reputable breeders. If all people were educated enough to only get purebred dogs from good, responsible breeders and were responsible enough themselves after acquiring the dog, millions of cute dogs, like this little pitbull, wouldn't have needed our help now. :( And please, don't judge educated people for getting purebred dogs from good sources. They may have their reasons to choose it and it's none of your business to know what they are. Not everyone are capable of properly taking care of an ex-shelter dog that suffered abuse/loss, etc. Adopting a special needs dog and being incapable of handling it decently is about as bad as getting a dog as merely a fashion accessory! So, my motto when it comes to getting pets is not "Adopt, don't shop!" but "Educate yourself, don't stare in awe and help when you are actually helpful.".

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Pakistan

Pakistan

A classroom completely destroyed after a Taliban attack in Swabi, Pakistan. August 2012. Photo: Diego Ibarra Sánchez

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Monika Soffronow 4 months ago

The first victims of war: everything that has to do with the next generation

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Syria

Syria

Syrian boy sits on a destroyed tank in Syria in 2015. Photo: Yasin Akgül

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TheReader19 4 months ago

Even surrounded by devastation, ruin and horror kids still play

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#17

Everywhere

Everywhere

A former circus lion who's missing an eye sits inside a cage in Lima, Peru. Photo: Rodrigo Abd

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Colin Leetham 4 months ago

There are animal rescue and rehab facilities all over the country for abused/neglected exotics. They are filled with animals taken from private owners and circuses who seriously mistreated them.

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Syria

Syria

Nine year old Alladin collects used ammunition to sell as metal in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Niclas Hammarström

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Mia Cardenas 4 months ago

innocence destroyed

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Liberia

Liberia

Joseph Duo, a Liberian militia commander loyal to the government, exults after firing a rocket-propelled grenade at rebel forces at a key strategic bridge on July 20, 2003, in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Chris Hondros

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TheReader19 4 months ago

Will this mindless violence ever stop?

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Syria

Syria

Photo: Abd Doumany

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Jo Bebe 3 months ago

How do people in one country fix or change another people in another country? We can feel bad all day but that doesn't change anything for them???

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Rohingya

Rohingya

12-year-old Kurshida holds her drawing at a CODEC and UNICEF "child-friendly space" on September 21, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Kurshida fled to Bangladesh from Bourashidapara village in Myanmar almost a month ago. Her drawing depicts a scene that she witnessed while fleeing her village; the military shooting everywhere, lighting her home on fire, the military cutting her niece's throat with a machete while she slept, her newborn sister being shot, a helicopter dropping bombs, and her neighbors being shot while they tried to flee. With children making up around 60 percent of the 420,000 Rohingya that have fled into Bangladesh, many below 18 years old arrived into the makeshift tents highly traumatized after seeing family members killed and homes set on fire. Photo: Allison Joyce

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Heather Lambie 4 months ago

how will she EVER recover?

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India

India

People gather to get water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat on June 1, 2003. Photo: Amit Dave

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Monika Soffronow 4 months ago

This made me think of Coca Cola's and Pepsi's track record: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/coca-cola-and-water-an-unsustainable-relationship-india-0 and https://www.researchgate.net/publication/238078636_Water_Privatization_and_Implications_in_India

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#23

Syria

Syria

Photo: Mohamad Abazeed

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Rose 4 months ago

It's the sad truth

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Iraq

Iraq

Children of displaced Syrian refugee family use paving stones as pillows at Erbil, Iraq in 2013. Photo: Emrah Yorulmaz

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MEB 4 months ago

Tough to watch...

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Syria

Syria

A wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 20, 2012. Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed, four children among them, in artillery shelling by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian town. Photo: Manu Brabo

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pepper 2015 4 months ago (edited)

Deep

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#26

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Children bear the brutal cost of endless war. As 10 children from the same family were walking to school last year, they came across an unexploded mortar bomb - a common sight in Afghanistan where war still rages between the Taliban and US-backed national forces. Not realizing what it was or the dangers it posed, the curious kids picked up the device and took it to show their aunt. And then it exploded. Three children and the older relative were killed, and the remaining seven lost at least one limb each. This is just an unexploded ammo incident. There are thousands of civil people and children who have been killed or crippled in Taliban terrorist attacks and US or US-backed national forces air strikes. Photo: Noorullah Shirzada

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Twitch Mitchell 4 months ago

i feel like an a$$hole for living in the united states

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Syria

Syria

Photo: Murad Sezer

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Mia Cardenas 4 months ago

empty eyes :-(

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Mediterranean

Mediterranean

Migrants wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, north of the Libyan coast. Photo: Felipe Dana

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Colleen McCue 3 months ago

Heartbreaking

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Bosnia

Bosnia

Daily life in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993. Graffiti on the wall: 'Welcome to hell!' Run better run. Or a Serbian sniper can shoot you. Photo: Laurent Van der Stockt

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Psycho Cat 4 months ago

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Except for the fact that Bosnians were the ones with the snipers...

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Drone

Drone

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Bill 4 months ago

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They got the colors wrong. Nice photoshop job

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