Photographer George Vogiatzakis takes his camera out in to the streets of his hometown, Athens, to capture abstract urban details lit by the glow of incandescent streetlamps.
“It’s not easy for me to talk about my pictures. And, while the answer to the question “Why do I take photos?” might look easy and simple, the more I delve into my work trying to find some unequivocal messages, the more I realize that I haven’t got any convincing answers to the question.
“Why do I insist, come back again and again, and utilize some specific motif to develop compositions?”, “Why do I take pictures mainly at night and choose low resolution in my pictures?”, “Why do I ostensibly avoid the actual presence of humans, trying to make it apparent through its absence?”, “Why do posters showing people in the streets and statues fascinate me and pull me closer to them so that I can set them up in a tender but at the same time upsetting manner?”, “Is it the picture itself that touches me or a vague remembrance thereof when I don’t look at it?”.
It is as if there is an internal resistance to hold back the answers for fear that decodification will ruin the ‘magic’. Or, practically, to push me into a conscious mechanism of production of identical (decodified) pictures, which will look like mere copies without any authenticity or soul.
A vicious circle. A perpetual motif, whose beginning may be in the photo shooting, in the previous unanswered question that I had raised or in the phrasing of the question itself.
A paradoxical, tormenting process – which, however, I somehow enjoy. Because, coming back to the initial question “Why do I take photos?”, I can now give a more substantive answer: because I long for that surprise that I will feel when, once again, even only once, reality will reappear before my eyes transformed, different, mysterious and unpredictable.”
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All images copyright George Vogiatzakis.