Every year, the festival showcases two European institutions devoted to photography. In addition to the “carte blanche” given to the Breadfield Gallery (Sweden), the Athens School of Art & Photography (Greece) is this year’s invited school, with Xenia Naselou’s Random summer moments and Ioannis Stefanid’s Mother.
Random summer moments
The photos were taken last summer with my mobile phone.
I started taking pictures to test my phone’s camera without having to carry my camera, lenses and tripod around. A device you carry with you all the time, that helps capture random moments of your life, instantly.
Although I wasn’t amazed by the quality of the images, I soon realised the magic and significance of the content of each picture .
An “expensive camera” does not make good photography. Every single photo is a story of thoughts, feelings and aesthetics that can surpass the means deemed necessary for an important picture.
Mrs. Olga was born in Thessaloniki in 1938. She got married at the age of 34 and moved in with her husband in Elefsina. They had 3 children together. In 1990 her husband died. She then had to attend to her family’s needs on her own. Despite health problems, loneliness and the memories she’s still happy and thankful for what life and experience brought her throughout the years.
Ioannis Stefanidis started taking pictures of her during his visits to her home, her “kingdom”, as if he were keeping a diary. He tried to become as invisible as possible in order to record her moves and feelings, all those details that count for him. He photographed her the same way he would have photographed his own mother.
From January 24th to March 8th, 2015
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