Small talk with Antonis

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I love to be surprised by the result I get every time.

Hello Antonis, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a photographer born in Athens, Greece but I’ve passed half of my life in Italy (first for studies, then for work). Photography has started like a hobby, continued like a part-time job and right now is my full-time activity. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love most for a living – especially at times like this.

When did you start taking pictures?
I started experimenting with a Pentax film camera (a beloved camera I still use) my father had stopped using it when I was 17, inspired by a limited edition album of R.E.M.’s “New Adventures in Hi-Fi”. The packaging contained photos taken during the tour of the band and it literally blew my mind – forever. In 2007, like ten years after, I’ve slowly started shooting promo shots for musicians and portfolios for models. Since 2012 I’ve been in Real Estate photography as well.

Your double exposure images are amazing… You seem to love it, is there any reason?
Thank you very much. Well, I think that it has to do with the fact I get bored easily, I love to be surprised by the result I get every time. It’s like “drawing with light” as photography once meant to be, creating something new from two ordinary materials/frames. At times it’s just a creative way to overcome “equipment limits” as I don’t usually carry a lot of different lenses.

What other artists inspire you?
Charlie Chaplin, Jack Kerouac, Anton Corbijn, Jean-Luc Godard, Samuel Beckett to name a few.

Where are you based right now? Is there any place you would like to live in the future?
Right now I’m based in Rome. I think I would like to live in New York City once. I’m curious to see if it meets the expectations pumped by cinema and literature imaginary.

Your happiest moment in life?
Wow, this is difficult. I’ve been lucky enough to have some really happy moments in my life and choosing among them doesn’t feel right. The most happy period of my life is certainly now.

What does beauty mean?
Beauty means visual harmony, a combination that pleases your eyes and mind.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Most probably not in Rome but to another metropolis.