Graffiti in Athens Greece | Part I

Posted on 13th November 2013 in adventure, explored, photojournalism, Street Photography, wandering

During my time in Athens, Greece (September, 2012) I was continually astounded by the immensity of the graffiti scene. So much so, the second day I was there I dedicated to walking around and finding as much graffiti as I possibly could.

It’s not that it was particularly fancy graffiti, but just that it was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I think the coolest thing for me was recognizing the same artists in different places. I tried really hard to find some artists putting up, but they all eluded me.

Coming from Canada where any graffiti is taken down the next day after it’s put up, it brought a lot of questions to mind: Is it just that everybody – all the store owners – in the country are too poor to pay money for paint to cover it up? Is it that the graffiti scene is too vicious if it’s painted over it’ll be graffiti’d over again that night? What do the citizens think of it? Is it abnormal for them? Do store owners like it?

I know on some of the stores, artists were commissioned to put up some nice fitting graffiti.

When talking to the locals this scene started around 2005 when political and civil unrest began to surface. Before that, it wasn’t as covered, from what I understood. See Part II of this series.

What do you think of it? Could you enjoy living in a city like this? Does it encourage art?

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Pigeons and Protests with Shira

Posted on 16th September 2012 in fashion

In Athens, Greece I managed to hook up with Shira, a model from Model Mayhem [also her FB page] after we spent some time dreaming up a shoot idea. I’ve been trying to focus more on stories, rather than just shooting. This process makes it more creative for me I feel, sending me away from just a GWC [guy with camera].

This is the first part we did outdoors to get warmed up. It is shot using my 50mm and T1i, the usual suspects, as well as my Yongnuo YN468 speedlite, a very trusty bird. I had my big diffuser mounted on top of it for most of the shots which gave it a really nice fill. I’m definitely still learning how to work with this, and to play with light, rather than just fill it up completely. But, the more I do, the more I learn.

It was fun stumbling about that motorcycle. I mentioned how beautiful it was, and she also said she liked it, and then the giant spot light was directly on it.. and then we both understood what had to happen! No, we did not ask for permission to sit on it..

Oh, also when we were just finishing up in the square amongst pigeons, we started to hear a protest coming closer towards us. It got a bit exciting when Shira wanted to take off her heels to put on her sandals just in case we had to start running..

 

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