While the answer to the question “why do I take photos” might look easy, the more I delve into my work I realize that I haven’t got any convincing answers to the questions I have put.
“Why do I insist, come back and utilize some specific motif to develop compositions?”, “why do I choose low resolution?”, “how is a trivial aspect of reality transformed into something more meaningful in the world of photography?”, “why do posters showing people and statues pull me closer to them so that I can set them up in a tender but at the same time upsetting manner?” “Is the picture itself that touches me or a vague remembrance thereof ?”…
As if there is an internal resistance to hold back the answers for fear that decodification will push me into a conscious mechanism of production of identical pictures without any authenticity or soul.
A tormenting process. Which I however enjoy. Because – to the initial question “why do I take photos” – I can now give a more substantive answer: because I long for that surprise that I will feel when, once again, reality will reappear before my eyes transformed, different, mysterious and unpredictable.
G.V. was born in Athens in 1967. He is a mechanical engineer and musician. In 2016, he published a book (“New Little Series” – Photohoros Publications), while many of his pictures have been included in various albums of the Photocircle 1998-2014 and in the album “Photographic Aspects and Views” – Athens 2001″ which was included in the exhibition of the same name that was held in Benaki Museum. He took part in various exhibitions, such as: “Photographic Meetings in Kythera” (2004 & 2005), “Faces” (Athens International Airport), “Photosynkyria 2006” (personal exhibition in the Stereosis gallery curated by Hercules Papaioannou), “Photobiennale 2008”, “20 years Photocircle” (Benaki Museum, 2008), “Family” (Benaki Museum 2015, curated by Platon Rivellis) and others, and one of his photos was included in the Agfa calendar for 2004, which is available worldwide.