Airport Employee Photographs Travelers He Encounters From Around the World To Show the Beauty of Diversity

Mustafa Çankaya is an accomplished photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey.

But by day, he works at the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, which is where he found himself inspired by the thousands of travelers from around the world. He decided to start photographing travelers in March 2018, which turned into a project named “100 Faces 100 Countries.”

Çankaya’s Instagram for the project is starting to take off, and even though he’s been at it for less than a year, Çankaya has already captured 117 portraits of airport travelers from 77 different countries. His end goal? To have at least 100 countries represented.

Keep scrolling to see some of the project’s most striking portraits, and to learn more about the people in them.

Mustafa Çankaya: Instagram


Mustafa Çankaya  – “Nicole is a tattoo artist from Odessa. She was starting a tour in Europe for tattoo lovers.”

“I’m a photographer from Istanbul who work at center for photography also works at Atatürk Airport and at the same time I run photography blog because I really enjoy photography news websites. I see thousands of different faces passing by every day, from every culture and every part of the world. It is like a treasure for a photographer like me! This inspired me to combine my passion for photography with my work at the airport and create a new project called “100 Faces 100 Countries” for my photography blog.

Almost every day I walk around the transit section of the airport trying to find the right face. The person that I decide to shoot has to be different in some way. It could be the hairstyle or the dress but the most important is the atmosphere between me and the participant.

I have started my project in March 2018 and currently I have 117 portraits from 77 different countries. I will continue my project with the hope of having an exhibition of 100 different countries. When I posted my project on Bored Panda in May 2018, it was published by German, Portuguese, French, Bulgarian and Turkish media.
I love how this project connects the world in one place! I also participate on photo websites for photographers where we share our ideas and our passion. – Mustafa Çankaya 


Mustafa Çankaya – “Shayma was following the project before we met. She wrote me between her connecting flight to Greece. She studies medicine in Malta and also volunteers for refugees in Athens.”

“I see thousands of different faces passing by every day, from every culture and every part of the world,” Çankaya writes. “It is like a treasure for a photographer like me!” This inspired him to combine the two facets of his life. Now, he walks around the “transit section” of the airport with an added purpose of finding the right face to photograph. “The person that I decide to shoot has to be different in some way. It could be the hairstyle or the dress but the most important is the atmosphere between me and the participant.”

Çankaya has captured not only over 100 faces from 100 countries but also our fascination with his inspirational project.


Mustafa Çankaya – “Freya studies Human Sciences at University of Oxford. She was flying to Kenya for her studies.”

Çankaya’s passion project began in March 2018.

“I see thousands of different faces passing by every day, from every culture and every part of the world. It is like a treasure for a photographer like me,” he writes.

This influx of diverse faces is what inspired Çankaya to combine his day job with his love of photography.

When it comes to choosing his subjects, Çankaya looks for a single thing that makes them unique or different.

It could be a certain hairstyle or way of dressing, but ultimately it comes down to “the atmosphere” between the Çankaya and the participant.


Mustafa Çankaya – “Bash arrived from the Burning Man festival, the dust is still on his shoes. He is a percussion artist playing djembe drum.”

“Tina’s hairstyle is a piece of art. The moment I saw her, I thought she should be in the project,” he writes on Instagram.  In addition to portraits, Çankaya photographs wider shots of his subjects that further capture their personality.

His goal is to live up to the name of his project, and photograph subjects from at least 100 different countries.


Mustafa Çankaya – “This is what happens if you meet a dancer from Rwanda at the airport. Thanks to Ibrahim Zethy!”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Kavinthida had holidays in Denmark. She had a very long layover.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Indrė was heading to California to spend her summer there.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Frédéric is a teacher in Nigeria. After 2 months summer vacation he was flying back to start the new semester. By the way, the jacket is his own design.”


Mustafa Çankaya – Jussi owns a tattoo studio in Helsinki. We met before his flight to Africa. He was going to have a long journey to the middle of the jungle.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Parl is a heptathlete from Estonia. Hereby I’ve learned that “hepta” means seven in Greek. We have met before her flight Houston.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “His T-shirt rocks! It even made me ask Christophe to join the project.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “I have met Jargal before her flight to Ulaanbaatar. She studies in Frankfurt, Germany.”


Mustafa Çankaya  – “Sara was in Barcelona for holidays. I really love the natural look in this picture.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “May loves to travel. She volunteered at a refugee camp and was on the way to Egypt for work.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Idris is a fashion stylist from Nigeria. You can hire him both in Nigeria and Kenya! He travels a lot and we met just before his flight to New York.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Frankie J is one of the best house dancers on the planet. We have met before at Istanbul Street Dance Carnival. He was the judge for House Dance contest and I was a photographer there.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Ed has both British & Kenya nationalities. He was waiting for his flight to Nairobi country.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Takeshi is an architect and fashion designer from Japan. He designed his dress which was inspired by the Arabic dress called thawb.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Her full name is Paris London. What a beautiful name! She had lovely holidays in Greece and was heading home.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Chang with his friend arrived to Sweden. We met on their way back to Seoul.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Sophie plays her guitar as a hobby. When I met her, she was waiting for her flight to Lebanon. She has chosen a good destination to learn Arabic!”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Boubakar is the leader of the pilgrim group. I met him on his way back to Hajj.”


Mustafa Çankaya – “Photographer Simon Cheng was documenting the refugees in Slovenia. When we met, he was heading to Northern Irak where the refugees are coming from. Hope to meet him on his way back to hear his story!”

Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart


My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.


3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament


4. Important Memories On Google Maps


5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again


6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement


He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!


7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back


8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me


9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture


10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer


11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better


12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting


13. Best Neighbours


14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off


16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me


17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year


Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!


19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes


20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais


The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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