“Taking good pictures is easy. Making very good pictures is difficult. Making great pictures is almost impossible” – Constantine Manos.
I was born in London in 1970 and grew up with a multicultural and multilingual heritage influenced by the language and cultural differences in my family with roots in Ireland, Greece, and the shores of the Black Sea (one side of grandparents were Pontic Greeks). My cross cultural education trained me to balance the perspective of both an insider and an outsider, understanding the relativity of a viewpoint.
My inspiration and interest in photography, is based I believe, in the uniqueness of each fraction of a second that the shutter remains open for. In Henri Cartier-Bresson’s words it is ‘once, and forever’. It cannot be repeated. And somehow, sometimes, within these small fractions of time, there evolves a timelessness. This at least is the challenge. To see, to become aware, to witness.
The Portfolio under the heading Photographs, is divided into [i] & [ii], the division being chronological, [i]: 1997-2020, [ii]: 2021-
The first period, is a period wherein the aesthetics of the photograph have been worked, to an extent that allows hope for a next stage.
This next stage, is hoped to be a stage, where the ‘rules’, which any photographer trains/teaches themselves on, have become ‘second nature’ and do not require one to dwell on them too much.
By rules, I mean the ‘discipline’ of choosing the frame, and the positioning of the visual elements within it, which involves a choice that must happen, within small fractions of time. The fact that this choice, which is a combination of both selecting and arranging the visual elements , has become ‘instinctive’ due to the years of work, allows a freedom for the eye and it’s vision.
The main theme and topic of photographic interest for me till now, has been, social and cultural documentary projects.
I feel that moving forward, the focus will now be, projects about cultural influences in my life via the cultural diversity of my family background.
Also, there is a wish to go beyond documentation and ‘research’ of root influences.
A wish to speak by seeing. A dance of the heart and the senses, in images.