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"Series" by Petros Efstathiadis

Apr 10, 2017

Petros is a young Greek photographer who creates imaginary worlds based on memories and imagination. By ideating different installations and devices, Petros re-creates a world that inhabits his head but which also resonates in our present reality, since in his constructions it is possible to find political, scientific of literary references. Every year Petros retreats to his village of origin to escape the world and develop his work, an oasis where he can find the time and freedom to set up his original constructions and produce these exceptional images.

 

Next we want to present a nice interview that we had with him:

 

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

PE - I come from a village in northern Greece called Liparo. Most of my work happens there, I go there every 3 months just to work. I started visiting my village for work since I studied Photography in Farnham Surrey. I have a warehouse there and lots of space and freedom to work as I want. I’m working now on my series Gold Rush.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

PE - Since the age of 14 I had this blurry idea of me being some kind of photographer, I had no idea what photography or what art was really about. I bought a second hand Russian camera and some film and I started shooting. I photographed butterflies, flowers, buildings, everything based on impression.

 

am - What inspires your work?

PE - My work is  based on memory and history, observation, science, politics,  cinema and the life style of those who struggle to survive and use their imagination to keep going. I work based on a fake structure, there is no classic narrative just layers and ideas one on the top of the other. The story stays low in the background.

 

am - Do you have any rituals or practices that help you get into the creative zone?

PE - I try to organise everything: my research, my subject, the objects, the light, the colors and all the layers that I put on my work before I get to my working space but it never works. Also I try to forget about internet social media and social life. Time is different there and you need a couple of days to rehab from being online and available. I log out, when I’m there I try to avoid people and don’t talk about my work. I do my sculptures and my installations alone and I quickly destroy them once I’ve taken the photograph. I feel a bit embarrassed every time I have to carry a big sculpture to the place I want to shoot it. There is always a random person coming to the shooting location who starts criticising my work or laughing, but every time they laugh and they don’t understand I feel good. There is also always some assistance from a shepherd, a worker or a kid in the middle of nowhere.

 

am - What is “Series” about and how did you come with the idea to create these devices?

PE - The ‘series’ is about an imaginary place where all these creations exist, it’s based on the original village [but] I just created my own village without time reference or purpose. All the devices are linked to a moment in the past, something I kept with me many years and then I put it on my constructions which have a reference to the future.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

PE - Walker Evans, Roger Ballen, Tinguely.

 

am - What’s been your career highlight?

PE - I don’t know about career highlights I’ve had some really special moments but I can’t evaluate what is a highlight, maybe a highlight is when I realise that my work is solid and people embrace it.

 

am - What’s your favourite movie?

PE - ‘The investigation of citizen above suspicion’, ‘The punishment park’, ‘The Turin horse’, ‘The badlands’ and many more.

 

am - What are you reading at the moment?

PE - Last month I was reading “Le spleen de Paris” short poems and stories from Baudelaire.

 

am - What is your favourite photo book?

PE - I don’t have a favourite photobook I like some photobooks but I don’t have a favourite one.

 

am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

Petros' work was featured on our Fourth Printed Issue published in 2017

that you can purchase here.

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