A big thank you to Cyprus Mail and more specifically to Jonathan Shkurko for this article that showcases the exhibition and the projects cause. For more please visit the link below:
-Cyprus Mail Redsoil Opening
What a way to welcome fall! The results of this year's PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) are in, and I have been granted two awards! I am always overwhelmed when a body of work gets international recognition, especially working from a small island like Cyprus.
This year I submitted two projects to PX3. One was the artwork I created for the release of Alexis Sunder’s debut solo EP, under the same name. The other was of my work capturing the inner workings and character of PELETICO; a Cyprus-based company manufacturing high quality paints, building and industrial materials.
These were two very different bodies of work, that needed very different approaches. The work for Alex Sunder's album cover was scouted and setup with a whole crew. The work for PELETICO was of documentary nature, just me spending a week in the establishments and with their people, capturing the heart and philosophy of this company, through simple, everyday moments.
Yet both projects shared one thing, total creative freedom. For that I have my clients to thank, for showing me the trust needed to create work I feel proud of.
Visit the PX3 Awards here
Designer Thalis Nicolaou and his A Side (tables) Project featured in the 8th Edition of the Hermes Welcome Magazine.
This is an update on my collection of images under the Cyprus Archive. I have recently added 15 new images from our little island.
You can view the images below, or visit the whole archive here
My shoot for Alexis Sunder has been nominated in the 8th Fine Art Photography Awards under the Open Theme category.
Text used for the award:
"These images were created as artwork for the release of Alexis Sunder’s debut solo EP, under the same name. Sunder is a singer-songwriter whose music often plays between sunny melodies and darker themes. To capture all the dynamics that his music blends, I wanted to experiment with light and darkness and how this plays out on a mirror set within a natural environment.
The result was this series of images, which are in fact real. We constructed a large and heavy metal structure on which an acrylic mirror (3x2 metres) was mounted. Acrylic was chosen because it’s a material that is both safe and creates amazing abstract shapes and forms when bent or dented. The location of the shoot was carefully chosen to perfectly align the sun in a way that illuminated both the artist and the mirror, thereby creating a backlight for the portrait. The placement was also calculated for the moon rise to be captured, creating interesting results with it being masked as a sunset, playing with Sunder’s music themes.
This could not be made possible without the help of an enthusiastic and creative crew, that didn’t mind getting their feet wet, literally."
“Photographing an object may feel overwhelming to some,” says Silvio, “to others it may seem like a simple and straightforward task. Within these two days, we shall navigate the nuances that go into this art, overcoming the often-confusing issue of gear, and we shall develop an understanding of how light envelops and renders different materials, shapes and textures. How a certain focal length or the placement of a single light may change what your object looks like are some of the questions we will answer.
“The aim of the workshop is not to focus on creative still-life, but to share the tools and knowledge I have gathered through documenting archaeological objects, to get creative in finding solutions to the participant’s own needs, be it to photograph their own work or make educated requests from photographers who will.”
The workshop is hosted and organised by CYENS - Thinker Maker Space.
Visit this link for more info
The 6th issue of the Hermes Welcome Magazine features several of my images while also including a few shots from my work with the Department of Antiquities. You can see the magazine online here!
I just love the double spread they did on 'Akamas, Wild Beauty'
This is an update on my collection of images under the Cyprus Archive. I have recently added 8 new images from our little island.
All except one are from the Pafos district and they are all taken from 2018 to the most recent one being last week.
You can view the images below, or visit the whole archive here
Yet another awesome distinction for the Bycatch Project , I am so happy to be among the honored in this years International Photo Awards. Visit the link to see the enty: https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-192572-20
A few images from my collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute published in the Getty Magazine.
Visit the pdf to see the whole issue.
Happy to announce that my work on fishermen for the Cyprus Bycatch project has been awarded an Honorable Mention in this year's Prix de la Photographie Paris awards under the professional portrait, culture category.
Visit the link here to view the nomination
What a way to say goodbye to 2019. The KEAN 70-year anniversary campaign has been doubly honoured by the prestigious Tokyo International Foto Awards, by becoming the Gold Winner of the Advertising/Food Professional Category as well as the Silver Winner of the Advertising/Self-Promotion Professional Category. This means that the work will travel to Tokyo to be exhibited among the other winners. I am super excited that Cyprus will be represented at this exhibition, showcasing a family's commitment to saving a very important element of our landscape, which is citrus cultivation.
A good day for the promotion of our little island's treasures. The highly acclaimed ND Photography Awards 2019 honoured Places of Wonder and KEAN 70-year Anniversary Campaign with Honourable Mentions. The former refers to a project I was commissioned by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities to showcase some of the island's extraordinary archaeological places. The latter to a project I was commissioned by KEAN Soft Drinks with the aim to capture the process, from the field to the bottle, while showcasing the family company’s commitment to preserving the Cyprus orange.
Visit the awards and view all the amazing work here https://ndawards.net/winners-gallery/nd-awards-2019/professional/architecture
So happy and excited to have been awarded a Professional Honorable Mention in this year's International Photography Awards, considered to be among the 10 most prestigious awards in the world, this year there were more than 12000 entries from 110 countries. The Honorable Mention is for a project I was commissioned by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities to showcase some of Cyprus's extraordinary archaeological places.
2019 International Photography Awards : Honorable Mention in Professional Architecture, Historic - Places of wonder
Links to the awards and the entry below:
Places of wonder
'Cyprus is situated at the crossroads between three continents. The island’s position allowed the development of a unique culture which evolved from the 10th cent. BC. Having been under the control or influence of Kings, Pharaohs, Emperors, Crusaders, Sultans and many more, it boasts a rich archaeological heritage. Cypriot antiquities grace museums all over the world. Others are anchored on the land where they were brought into being, as sites of international importance. I was commissioned by the Republic of Cyprus’s Department of Antiquities to showcase some of these extraordinary places.'
Thank you to Four Seasons for featuring me yet again in their magazine in the article 'Cyprus through the lens'
Below are the two double spread pages in the Issue 32 Summer 2019 of the Four Seasons Magazine
Got back with the team to photograph promotional material for the upcoming Lefkara Eliminator Race a cycling event which will take place on the 7th of April. So if anyone is interested in joining visit the official website here: https://www.lefkara-eliminator.com
The Cross-country eliminator (XCE) is a new mountain bike race format in which four riders compete against each other in each heat, similar to Four-cross. The two fastest riders get to the next round while the two slower riders are eliminated from the race.
The format differs from the classic cross-country race both in its sprint character and the separation of the race into heats. The 500m - 1000m short track itself is similar to XC tracks, going both uphill and downhill.
Hello February! I am very happy to have received two honorable mentions in the 8th Annual MPA awards in the category 'Travel & Adventure'.
Visit the awards page to see all the amazing work created with mobile phones.
Thank you to Hermes Airports for a seven page interview on their official Hermes Airports Magazine, issue no.2
Super awesome of OWKzine an independent zine publication of Cyprus to feature a taste of my 'Red Soil' project.
Learn more about the publication here: owkzine.com
Santa Claus came early for me this year. The 2018 Neutral Density Photography Awards have been incredibly kind to me.
For starters, the AUDI Campaign 'An island of wonders becomes a playground' received yet another awesome distinction gaining 2nd Place and a Silver Star in the Professional Special:Advertising Category. What made me even happier, was that the 1st Place in this specific category was also awarded to a Cypriot, Elena Paraskeva, so congrats to our little island!
Secondly, as my cyclist friends will agree, we are super excited about our collaborative project `Cycle to Discover` receiving 1st Place and a Gold Star in the Professional Editorial:Sports Category. This collaborative project reflects on the team’s joint efforts to inspire a pursuit of the outdoors, brought together by the shared love for the often-overlooked Cypriot countryside, and the need to communicate the exploration that it so discreetly promises. Travelling through the island’s rolling landscape, in the bloom of Spring, the dry of Summer and the crimson of Autumn, the team attempted to create visually impactful imagery, aimed at inspiring others to reconnect with the outdoors.
The Cycle to Discover team is comprised of cyclists Nicodemos Protopapas and Michalis Karatzis, and photographer Silvio Rusmigo.
Finally, my personal project Redsoil, aiming to communicate the issue of illegal killing of migratory birds in Cyprus received an Honourable Mention in the Editorial: Environmental Category.
'Redsoil', my most recent personal endeavour, can be described as a series that communicates the issue of illegal killing of migratory birds in Cyprus by engaging in a post-mortem inquiry into the story of these birds’ unfortunate ending. Recently printed as a dummy book by OWK press, and while we are still in the process of securing some funding for its future publication and/or evolution, this series has already welcomed positive attention and recognition.
Firstly, being my MA thesis, 'Redsoil' granted me a place as a University of the Arts London alumni and a distinction in LCC's MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. The dummy book was also selected by the International Association of Photography and Theory Photobook 2018 Exhibition, featuring the theme of Photographies and Conflict: Archiving and Consuming Images of Strife. To be featured alongside such amazing local and international talent, including my former professor, Lewis Bush, has been a true honour for me (shout-out to my fellow islanders Nicolas Iordanou and Emma Louise Charalambous).
'Redsoil' has also recently been the recipient of an Honourable Mention from the International Photography Awards 2018 in the Professional Fine Art, Still Life category. It was selected by editors to be featured in the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018 Competition Gallery. The project also received an Honourable Mention in the Editorial: Environmental Category from the 2018 Neutral Density Photography Awards.
I think I may go as far to say, let's keep an eye on this project...