@lea.savvides – ‘Serene After Dark’
I am inspired by the theme of magical realism in literature, where exaggerated elements altering reality are contributing towards understanding it better. This is why I like science fiction that has something to tell us about the human condition, our past, present and future. So, in my photos I experiment with some magical elements, moods and color. The shots are intimate portraits of streets and cities am passing through or live for a certain period of time. In many ways the mood is dictated by the natural environment I encounter, rather than me going for a specific shot.
I approach photography not as assignments or series of photographs but rather as a series of photos connected to my life. They are isolated photos within the larger theme that give an extra dimension of isolation as a lived experience. The night comes natural to me and I like the way places reveal themselves through shadows. Artificial light is important because it is a sign of how humans construct and live cities, streets, interior spaces.
A central theme that emerges from night is alienation. You might notice that many of my photos do not contain humans or as few as possible; yet I am interested a lot in human experience, desire/dreams/fears. The night usually gives more space to those who wish to wander around without the rules that apply during the day. Furthermore, the night is a good time to see the transformation of everyday spaces into something else, something that looks familiar to the people that breathe and work it during the day, but at the same time not quite familiar at night.
“Space is a social morphology: it is to lived experience what form itself is to the living organism, and just as intimately bound up with function and structure” as Henri Lefebvre put it, so, by altering the perception of space, you can play with imagining existing and other possible social relations.
Señor muy Republicano en la manifestación del 14 de Abril. #35mm