Small Talk with George Tatakis

  • Marina at N. Smyrni
  • Renata at Petralona

    Renata at Petralona

  • Ina at Gerakas
  • _MG_2444
  • _MG_2261
  • Jade Kedrick around Athens by George Tatakis

    Jade Kedrick around Athens by George Tatakis

  • _MG_1668
  • Ina at Gerakas
  • _MG_3853
  • Denny at Glyfada
  • Denny at Glyfada
  • _MG_6555
  • Maria at Pagkrati
  • Mihaela at Reflex, Petralona, Athens, GREECE. November 2015
  • _MG_8655
  • Eleftheria at Petralona
  • Maria at Pagkrati

I am always trying to capture unique moments and I never pose or move anyone. At this moment, I cannot see myself making landscape images, grand vistas or any other inanimate objects, but who knows? Maybe tomorrow.  Salgado did, didn’t he?

How would you describe your work?
Photography to me is photography, so don’t like to characterize my work in order to market it easier. If the viewers want to decide for me, that is ok. I just like to make images of what resonates with my inner self and communicate my sensitivity and reaction to the scene. Therefore I go where images take me. So far I have been interested in social documenting. People to be more specific. I like their spontaneity, it’s what makes us different. There is a coherence even if not evident at first sight between my reportage photography, my girls’ portraits, or even my weddings’ images. I am always trying to capture unique moments and I never pose or move anyone. At this moment, I cannot see myself making landscape images, grand vistas or any other inanimate objects, but who knows? Maybe tomorrow.  Salgado did, didn’t he?

When did you start taking pictures?
Well I cannot remember a time when images did not interest me. I bought myself my first camera when I was around 15 years old, which was a simple Kodak film camera. I remember when I took back my first printed roll that I received compliments from the developer about my framing. Maybe he just wanted to be nice, but that made me think that I could do more.

What’s the one word that describes you?
I don’t know. I can’t describe myself. I can describe other people and they can return the favor. I just hope they say “Awesome”?

Your happiest moment in life?
Small things make me happy.  Last time I remember it was last summer in Crete island after having dinner at a fantastic small restaurant atop of a mountain, we descended to the beach and it was night. We went for a swim to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and I was floating watching the moonless sky full of stars around the Milky Way. I was pretty happy at that moment.

Your favorite place to shoot?
The next one.

The best thing about being a photographer?
Depends. If I dreamed of being an astronaut and I was a photographer, I would have hated it. What I am trying to say is that to me, the best thing about being a photographer is that I am doing what I love to do.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I am there. I hope I can still be doing what I do now in ten years.

http://www.tatakis.com/