A kind word to a stranger can mean a world of difference. We are so busy and caught up in our everyday tasks that we often forget to acknowledge those around us. Still, giving someone a genuine, heartfelt compliment will win over hearts instantly.
And with magazine ads, billboards, and commercials, women in particular often feel the pressure of just not being pretty enough. When the standard of beauty has been set, very few can actually meet those unrealistic benchmarks.
Mehmet Genç aka Rotasiz Seyyah has made it his mission to tell the women he meets on his travels they are beautiful. The photographer captures the before and after of his subjects receiving such a compliment. The You Are So Beautiful series has him visiting countries like the Amazon in Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Belize.
Rotasiz Seyyah which translates to “nomad without a route,” in Turkish, left his profession in IT to follow his passion for photography in 2010.
Seyyah’s goal is to travel the world for 1,001 days, he began this journey on December 14, 2014.
He began the You are so Beautiful series on January, 2015.
When Seyyah was sent to a training for his job to Taiwan, it was the first time he had travelled outside his native Turkey. He credits that experience with changing his life.
He has learned Spanish, English, and other native languages in order to communicate with his subjects.
Seyyah asked this girl from the Arhuaco tribe in Colombia to open the door but the girl refused. When he complimented her, the door opened a little bit more.
Seyyah complimented this woman in the Arhuaco language. Some of the people in the tribe did not speak Spanish.
The response to receiving a compliment changes the person’s face instantly.
Diomay Arhuaco is a 35-year-old woman who lives in the remote mountains of Colombia. Seyyah admitted Arhuaco was very shy about getting her photo taken.
The Turkish shutterbug loves meeting new people and cultures. He admits that the more he travels, the more he wants to explore the world further.
Seyyah has realized telling someone from the age of seven to 70 they are beautiful makes them very happy.
Maria is a Kichwa, an indigenous group from Ecuador. She was donning her brand new hat when Seyyah asked permission to take her photo.
Experiencing new destinations and meeting new people has not gotten old for the 34-year-old.
“Now I try to travel so often and I wanna make it all lifestyle. This passion is spreading so fast into my all body cells,” he says.
Seyyah visited a remote town Cabo De La Vela in Colombia. Residents wear these makeshift masks to protect them from the sun. This area has not had rain for four years.
Seyyah travelled into the Amazon to spend time with the Marubo tribe.
It took a two day canoe ride for Seyyah to reach the Marubos.
Seyyah prefers complimenting older women because he believes they haven’t been told they are beautiful in a long time.
When Seyyah asked Mathilde in Guatemala for her photo, she said to him “but I do not have teeth.”