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Meeting with a street photographer

by Myrisini Arvanitis   November 2, 2017

Last Thursday the 26th of October the students had the chance to learn how the first ideas for Solomon were raised in the frame of a university project and how this project led to the establishment of the organization as it is today.

We had the opportunity to invite the street photographer, Nikos Palaiologos, who talked to the students about his experience in taking pictures in the streets. He showed the students a series of his pictures explaining how and why he captured exactly this image. Emphasizing on the elements ‘light’ and ‘shadows’ as well as the different kinds of weather, which a photographer is confronted with. He explained to the students that some pictures could be taken accidentally in the right moment – for example, a woman sitting exhausted on a bench in the foyer of a museum, – while for other pictures he needed to wait several months to capture the right moment – for example, a street salesman falling asleep during his work.He encouraged the students to find places they like to visit, taking pictures at different hours a day and at different seasons in order to learn to play with the different light incidence as well as to explore different weather conditions (rain, fog).The street photographer recommended the lab participants to learn from known and recognized photographers by getting inspired and familiar with their techniques.Further, the term ‘golden ratio’ was explained to the participants, a mathematical equation of aesthetically appealing composition, which attracts the human eyes. Another point that we discussed referred to the issue how to approach people in the street, whereby respectful and ethical behavior is required from a photographer towards his/her ‘objects’. A discussion was raised about keeping the balance between the ethical and esthetic dimension of an image. Finally, we talked once again about the issue that sometimes also a technically badly-captured picture can appeal one’s attention, because it transmits a certain feeling or emotion.

The students will start working in pairs taking pictures in the streets of Athens as well as to get to know each other better.

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Mohamed Benghuzzi

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Kudos

English translation by Gigi Papoulias
Photograph by Nadir Noori
Graphic design by Alexia Stamatelatou

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