A filmmaker by trade, Harun Mehmedinovic took up photography as a hobby during his road trips across America. Years later, his project Bloodhoney* became one of the most successful Kickstarter photography campaigns of all time.
He is a regular contributor to BBC Earth, and has contributed photographs and videos to Vogue Italia, National Geographic, Astronomy Magazine, BBC Travel, Discovery Science, and Blindfold Magazine. Harun's work has been featured by various media outlets including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, LA Times, Forbes, NPR, LA Weekly, Vice, Washington Post, The Boston Globe & has been a subject of a TEDx Talk. His photograph of the cloud-inverted Grand Canyon was listed among the 2015 best travel photos of the year by National Geographic. In 2016, Mehmedinović was on the BBC Earth Instagram team that won Webby Award for "Best Photography and Graphics."
Harun is the author of three books, portrait series "Seance" and "Persona," as well as the Astrophotography Book and Timelapse Series: "SKYGLOW." His videos have been used at various events, most notably by The Rolling Stones on their ZIP CODE tour & upcoming 2016 tour, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters 2016 Tour, Desert Trip Concert, and Cosmic Gate music video "am2pm," and National Park Service’s “100 Years” centennial video; among others.
Prior to Harun's venture into photography, his film "In the Name of the Son" premiered at Telluride Film Festival and won over thirty international awards including Shanghai, Savannah, and Cleveland film festivals. It was the first live action short film to receive an exclusive screening for the members of United States congress on Capitol Hill.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied screenwriting and theater directing, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the American Film Institute.
Recently, Harun began work as a cinematographer on Ice on Fire, a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary for HBO.
PORTRAIT BOOKS: SEANCE, PERSONA & DREAMS
"During my travels around the film festival circuit, I met old friends – some of whom I hadn't seen in years. Many were rooted in a 9-5 existence, living highly structured, stressful lives. They rarely, if ever, lived in the moment and engaged in creative or artistic endeavors. Instead of going to a coffee shop to catch up, I proposed that they take a day off, pick a place that has meaning to them, and choose clothes in which they feel like themselves. That was the starting point. From there the idea was to improvise; spontaneity was to be at the heart of the process.
Initially, my friends asked me to give them instructions and sometimes wondered what they were doing there, feeling bored or frustrated. Slowly, their minds began to let go, and they started doing what they felt like: jumping, climbing, wielding props, and taking risks. It felt almost like a return to childhood, physicality took over, and the camera was there to capture the energy of the moment, telling a story.
These "séances" sometimes went on for 10-15 hours. They included long hikes through mountains, head-on collisions with hail and snow, walks through swamps and lakes, and quite a few mosquito bites and bruises.
The experience of the day was most important, not the resulting images. You could never predict what would come of it, and the idea was to let go and let things come together by circumstance. This is very opposite of the notions of safety and caution that we are bombarded with by the current society. Although being in front of the camera while letting go may seem uncomfortable, after these "séances," just about every person wanted to keep going or do it again. Each shoot was its own unique adventure. This experience of living in the moment, in the present, the rush of adrenaline and the feeling of being a child again, uninhibited no matter how silly or dangerous, proved to be liberating.
I called the project "Bloodhoney" in reference to the Balkans, the region I am originally from. It is a combination of two Turkish words: Bal, meaning “honey” and Kan, meaning “blood.” The name refers to the bittersweet nature of life, the moments of beauty and the sublime spontaneously captured in the photographs."
SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM is an ongoing crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible Dark Sky areas in North America. Brainchild of Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, this book & timelapse video project is being produced in collaboration with International Dark-Sky Association (darksky.org).