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Solidarity

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About 10,000 people went to Syntagma square in Athens today to drop off food and essentials for the refugees. After years of disillusionment, this is the first time in a long time, that I felt a sense of pride for this country.

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2016: There is no spoon

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I usually don’t go for new year’s resolutions, but right before 2015 kicked in, I decided that was the year that I would go for a whole list of them. Among them was a 365 photo project and just like with the rest of them, I failed miserably. Perhaps such decisions are helpful to some, but to me, they’re just …

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A moment of silence

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In view of recent events in France, I feel there is more need for a moment silence and reflection than debate and fight. As I look at this picture of a statue I took a year ago, during a much (but not entirely) simpler time for France and Europe altogether, I will borrow Carl Sagan’s reflections on the “Pale blue dot”, …

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The devil on strings

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It’s been a long time since I last photographed anything – I call this the paralysing effect of a crisis, a referendum, constant dreadful news of children drowning in the sea, trying to reach european soil. And then, I found myself listening to Mono and The Ocean (featured photo) and Afformance and I kind of forgot about everything else for just a little …

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Referendum

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Following months of negotiations between the newly elected government in Greece and our european partners (in crime, I might add) regarding the national debt, on June 26 late at night the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced the referendum and the world stopped – or at least, that’s what it felt like for greek citizens during the coming days. Banks …

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Amsterdam in time lapse

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Back in January I spent a week in wonderful (and very very cold) Amsterdam. Getting on and off of trams, I decided to try out a time lapse of sorts, so I picked window seats and started clicking. I came back home with countless photos that are, technically speaking, far from perfect, but in the end served to recreate what …

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Plissken Faces

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Following an incredibly inspiring photography workshop with Magnum photographer Patrick Zackmann I was urged to turn my lens away from the on stage action  to the audience and try to tell a different sort of story. Summer festivals have an atmosphere unlike any other event and this became more evident to me when I tried to find other settings that would provide …

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Hello, Vinyl

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I should very much like to go back in time. Approximately fifteen years should suffice for me to relive the joy of buying my very own stereo, for which I had been saving my allowance for almost two years. I used to wake up to music, a dreamed of luxury I had finally acquired, and bedtime was always accompanied by …

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The blues – Dead Gum live

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These days are long and uninspiring more often than not, full of things that need to be taken care of, paperwork and to-do lists. These days are grey. But then I think, at the end of the day few things really matter. One of them is the blues. Dead Gum live at Death Disco by CTS Productions.  

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In a theremin state of mind

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AUN Live by CTS Productions. I have been staring at my screen for quite some time now, trying to figure out what the text for this picture should be. I haven’t written much since my trip to Sarajevo, mainly because  I did not have much to say (a picture is a thousand words, after all). Tonight, however, after attending a …

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Utrecht in B&W

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I have been re-editing my photos lately. I find myself rather overwhelmed by colours these days – so much so, that I choose B&W more often than not. Phases, phases…

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Bike Fishing

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So, get this: there is an actual boat going around in the canals of Utrecht fishing bikes. Probably because the dutch decided that it would be cool to legalise weed and not install safety railings around the canals.  

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Moon painting

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Obviously, this is not among the best shots I’ve ever taken. But, seriously, have you ever tried moon painting? You can get really stuck with it and start fooling around instead of doing some actual photography. Anyway, I set my camera to a long exposure and painted random stuff with the moonlight. This might actually be worthwhile some more experimentation.

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Ghost ship

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We have our own Rio in Greece -nothing like de Janeiro, I will admit. But this is where the Charilaos Trikoupis bridge is located. It is one of the world’s longest multi-span bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type (according to, ahem, Wikipedia). Rumour has it that ghost ships often sail these waters.

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Tobacco Factory

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This is a staircase inside the old tobacco factory of Athens – perhaps one of my all-time favourite pics in my portfolio. Last year I worked on a documentary about this building and its current state. The building seems to be on the threshold between a relic and a monument. Beautiful renovated facets and a dichotomised interior – a relic …

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Full moon

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..and at the end of a hard day, if you look up, you just might get a reward. I don’t have the right equipment for this, but it was worth a shot.  

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Plop!

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Have you ever wondered what it is that makes every single one of us – men, women and children- throw stones in the water when we find ourselves on a beach? There must be some sort of stress relief in this mundane activity.

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Urban mannequins

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This picture was taken back in 2013 in downtown Athens. These mannequins stood in a yard, of sorts, on Stadiou Av. I have no idea what this installation was – it seems like some sort of protest against austerity measures in Greece. There was a time when I passed by this spot every day and not once did I notice …

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From above

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So one night my buddies Costas and Thanos, who has helped me so much in creating this website, and I decided to go on mount Penteli in Athens. When in doubt get on a mountain and observe the city: millions of problems and happy moments right at your feet. Everything looks so unimportant.

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Flight

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A desperate attempt to catch birds in flight with the wrong settings on my camera led to this. (I was in a hurry ok?)

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Mantar live @ 6 d.o.g.s. – I am a toddler

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Last night I had the chance to photograph Mantar and opening acts Hearth and Korsikov, playing at 6 d.o.g.s.. As it happened, in November 2013, a year and about 70,000 clicks earlier, I photographed a live concert for the first time. It was Jucifer live at 6 d.o.g.s. and their two opening acts, Earth of Distrust and, again, Korsikov. It was also the first …

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Sarajevo rose

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Before going on this trip, as I was looking for information on the city, I found out that Sarajevans have preserved concrete scars by mortar shells on the main streets with red resin. This is a memorial, of sorts, to the atrocities and the victims of the siege. Oddly enough, it took me a few days to notice them–on the …

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Souvenirs and bullets

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In the old town of Sarajevo there is an alley full of shops for tourists. In these shops, one can find beautiful jewellery, little pots and mugs for Bosnian coffee, ornamental plates, gravures and rakije bottles. One can also find bullets. Bullets turned into pens, key chains, miniature airplanes or cars, bullets with drawings of minarets and the Pigeon Square. …

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Srebrenica

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On my last day in Sarajevo I visited the Srebrenica Memorial gallery in honour of the 8372 people who died in the massacre of Srebrenica in 1995. The exhibition features Tarik Samarah’s photographs, two documentaries and the wall of death–a 16 meter (52.5 feet) long wall with the names of those brutally killed in Srebrenica. The footage and interviews of the …

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The meeting of cultures

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Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe and rightfully so. On my first walk in the old town of Sarajevo I marvelled at the diversity of the city, which is so apparent in the different architectural styles and the temples devoted to different faith, yet all so close to one another. Walking downtown, one will see a beautiful cathedral, …

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Electioneering in Sarajevo

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I woke up at 5.30 AM that morning, unable to get back to sleep. I decided to head outdoors and get some long exposures of the city–I always find there is something enchanting about a city waking up. I set my tripod right across the National Bank, a beautiful building that was even more captivating in the wee hours. Of …

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A memorial to all

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At the centre of Sarajevo, at the corner of Marshall Tito Str. and the pedestrian zone, I saw the Eternal Flame (Vječna Vatra).  It is a memorial dedicated to those who fought with the Yugoslav National Army during World War II, dated 6 April 1946–the 1st anniversary of the liberation of Sarajevo. One night I took a walk downtown with my friend and …

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Where do the children play

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Right in the heart of Sarajevo there is a monument dedicated to the children who died during the siege. It is meant to represent an unfinished sand pyramid–children’s play abruptly interrupted by death. I have passed by the park every day for almost a week now until one morning I saw a little boy playing with his toy car on the …

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A symphony of prayers

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I heard the call to prayer for the first time in my life in Sarajevo. It was dusk and I had joined the Next Level Bosnia team up in the terrace of the hotel. We were all engaged in lively talk and jokes, admiring a wonderful view of the sunset when I heard it. It started from up high, or at …

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The tower

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I see this TV tower every day from the terrace of the hotel I’m staying. For a minute I stop thinking about history, hardships, hopes and aspirations, social problems or progress. It’s only a tower overlooking Sarajevo, one of those things you may find in any city – beautiful at night, often lost among clouds, constantly broadcasting.

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And then, in Sarajevo, the shot was fired.

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Most of the buildings of the city have been reconstructed, however, they still bear evidence of tragic stories. A shot can be many different things, but here, in Sarajevo, a shot seems to have just one meaning: that moment in time  when Archduke Franz Ferdinand gasped and said his final words – “Es ist nichts”, “it’s nothing”. The buildings have …

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Caught between empires

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My first afternoon in Sarajevo was quiet. I met the Next Level Bosnia team members, took a nap after an unreasonably long trip and hang out at the hotel terrace with a wonderful view of the city. I was told that the hills where full of snipers during the war, firing at the city. There are still minefields up there …

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Landing in Sarajevo

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I was nine years old when the siege of Sarajevo started. I remember hearing all about it on the news, not quite grasping what it was all about. War is a terrifying notion for a kid;  sadly, as we grow up we get accustomed to hearing about it on the news or even discussing about the politics of war with …

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Farewell, Summer

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As of today summer is over. While it lasted, it provided me with plenty of opportunities for photographic experimentation, which resulted in a multitude of nightscapes stored in my hard drive. Although probably not my best shots, I thought it would be suiting to bid adieu to these past two months of contemplation and relaxation with one of these tokens of …

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Delphi

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On a short summer roadtrip, my friends and I visited Delphi, the navel of the earth. An incredible monument surrounded by a landscape so majestic it left us breathless.