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People of Spetses talk about Spetses

For the portrait photography published on the tribute in Taxidia Magazine Kathimerini, I have traveled to Spetses Island with the editor Eleftheria Alavanou. Five people from Spetses introduce us to the beautiful island of Argosaronicos from their own point of view.

Artist, 30 years old, studied visual arts in Amsterdam, lives in her great-grandfather's house near Analipsi. In the summer she works at the Baraka gallery, in the winter she is busy with her own artistic work, fishing and walking in nature. Eva Vassiliou is one of the five locals who help us get to know the island of Regatta and Armata through another lens. All of them have seen the Spetses of the four seasons: from the fever of summer to the undisturbed quiet of winter. All of them have a substantial relationship with Spetses, because their lives are connected to the basic materials from which the island is made: the sea, the landscape, history, the people who marked it, art. Everyone, in short, knows them deeply.

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Visual artist Eva Vassiliou studied in Amsterdam and now spends a large part of her time on the island where she grew up.
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The Mermaid, one of Natalia Mela's sculptures, in the old port.

Portrait photography of the tribute includes a selection of different characters that are residents on the Island of Spestes. Grigoris Katsouranis, with more Augustus on his back, but with similar energy, since he is evergreen and energetic like a little kid. Mr. Grigoris is one of the few craftsmen who know the art of shingle in Spetses, a "difficult job", because "you have to sit down for eight hours laying shingles", resulting in pain in the knees, hands and back you. Despite the effort, a craftsman can in eight hours make a 2 m2 pebble, often on a marine theme, such as boats, mermaids, fish, dolphins, octopuses, although there are more strange, as a belfry or a breeches in a fez. To a certain extent, however, there is a recycling of the subject matter in the designs ("we resurrect the old ones"), which probably contributes to the aesthetic harmony, limiting the dissonances. The nice thing about pebbles is that they decorate both the public space and the houses, in other words they express the Spetsian society as a whole, but also the Spetsian landlord. In personal time, when he is not busy with pebbles or other tasks, Mr. Grigoris usually goes to the Cafe to drink evening coffee. Not meraklidiko Greek with cream, as I expected him to tell me, but an iced Fredo espresso. He swims with his wife in Agia Marina, attends church in Analipsi, spends the summers at his home in Kokkinaria and the winters at his house in Dapia.

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Grigoris Katsouranis is one of the most experienced pebble stone craftsmen on the island.

The custodian of another traditional art, which is also identified with Spetses, is Pantelis Korakis, a second generation ship carpenter, who owns one of the island's seven tarsanas, in the old port. Pantelis has spent his entire life in Spetses, with the only break being when he joined the army. He began learning at the age of 10-12 with his father, who represented an older generation of shipwrights who believed that art was not taught, but stolen. "If you caught it, you caught it. That was the mentality of the old ones." Tarsana was named after him 23 years ago. The distance from his house is two minutes by motorbike and his daily working life includes an open-air workshop in front of the sea, with discarded wood, geese coming and going, himself barefoot and behind him a dog without a name, who follows him everywhere, even when he gets inside the boats. People come, his sister makes coffee, his friends show up, drink a beer, leave. The place looks like a coffee shop. "All traditional tarsanas are coffee shops," he tells me. They are also places of hard work, however, since Pantelis repairs and builds wooden scaffolding, using the designs he inherited from his father. It deals with, among others, amateur or professional fishing boats and holiday boats staying in Spetses. "A wooden boat is like a friend. It's not impersonal, a lot of people have worked on it." He himself has a 9-meter trachantiri, "Agia Marina", which he built a few years ago with his own hands.

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Pantelis Korakis, second generation ship carpenter.
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The landscape in the old port is varied, since the tarsanades coexist with galleries, bars, restaurants

Miaranda Markou, I imagine that she loves the sea very much, since he works next to it, by it and for it. But there is a Spetsiotissa who I think loves her more or in a different way. Miranda Markou is thirteen and a half years old, a 2nd High School student. As a child, he used to go swimming at Scholes beach, below the Nautiko Omilo, and he would watch the boats dock. "I liked it all and decided to start sailing." She was not six years old, but she was drawn to the sea and the freedom of the sport. Started with bug, moved to optimist and now has a laser. Listening to her talk about the positives of the laser as a boat, her desire to go to Piraeus to see the Olympiakos sailing academy, and that she has heard very good things about the Aegina club, I think how much of a… vitamin that is for a teenager dealing with the sea in winter and summer and not with the computer, how firmly the character and self-confidence are built when he learns to command a boat from a young age. And above all, how nice it is to be thirteen and a half years old, to live on a small Greek island, to live in the middle of nowhere, in the city, but outside of Dapia, and your means of transportation to school, friends and your group is by electric skate, on foot or on your parents' motorbike.

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Η Μιράντα Μάρκου ασχολείται με την ιστιοπλοΐα εδώ και επτά χρόνια.

In the portrait photographs except the people, one can see the diversity of the Island. Spetses, however, is identified with another captain, older, a woman who far exceeded the limitations imposed by society on her gender, after becoming "the first female admiral in world naval history", as Pavlos Demertzis-Boumboulis tells us for Laskarina Bouboulina, great-grandmother of his great-grandfather. Pavlos is 33 years old, a modern man, without a dress or tsarouchia, but who carries a heavy, distant and at the same time familiar name. A name that would have been lost from his family had it not been for the intervention of his grandfather, Christos Demertzis, husband of Euphrosyne nee Bouboulis, who "with an official request to the Ministry of the Interior requested that Bouboulis be added to his son's name, that is to say my father, lest he perish. That's how we have both surnames, Demertzis-Boumboulis". What is it like growing up on the island of Bouboulina with that last name? "When I was a kid, it wasn't that easy. First of all, we grew up with a museum over our heads. They chased me at school to do every play, to say every poem.

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Pavlos Demertzis-Bouboulis at the Bouboulina Museum.

Growing up, I understood what Bouboulina is, what it means to the whole world and what duty I have towards this name." Pavlos, together with his mother and siblings, is in charge of the Bouboulina Museum, which is housed in the captain's mansion. He spends the summers on the island, the winters between Spetses and Athens. "September and October are beautiful months in Spetses. In winter it's us and the cats, which of course has a beauty, the island still smells of pine and thyme". As for the museum, it remains closed during the winter months. Bubulina is sleeping. Until next summer when the island wakes up, she will wake up too, and she will come to life for another year through the stories of her descendants.

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In the captain's museum, the amazing ceiling stands out.

In recent years, Spetses was marked by two people. The first is Boubulina. The second is Sotirios Anargyros (1849-1928), a Speciotian immigrant who made a huge fortune abroad. Its history and its relationship with the island cannot be described here, they need a book. Among many other things, Anargyros created the Anargyrio and Korgialenio School (which functioned as a college until the 1980s), reforested Spetses, which had been deforested for logging and farming, envisioned and built Posidonio, one of the most beautiful hotels of Greece, which in 2014 turned 100 years old. Since 2009 it has been renovated by the Bordonis family. As Mr. Manolis Vordonis mentions, Anargyros protected it, ensuring that it cannot be sold by the Anargyriou Foundation or change its use beyond that of the hotel. For the plans, Anargyros and his architect traveled to the south of France, took images and ideas from the resorts of the French Riviera and transferred them to the beach of Spetses. Seeing it today, restored to the original standard, one is bewildered by the strange beauty of a landmark that has something foreign and yet something so peculiar. Painted in light tones, with turrets and columns, the Poseidon combines influences and currents. The main thing that differentiates it from the luxury accommodations of today is that it is not of pharaonic size. The entrance, the living room, the garden, the pool are made on a human scale so as a guest you feel comfortable. Passing through the outer door of Poseidonio, you feel that someone is waiting for you inside.

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Poseidonio's architecture is inspired by the French Riviera resorts of the early 20th century.
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Mr. Manolis Vordonis is the soul of Poseidonio.
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The Anargyreios and Korgialenios School of Spetses (AKSS) is a symbol of an era of blossoming and prosperity of the island.
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Two great figures of Spetses meet: Bouboulina from the hands of Natalia Mela.

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Portrait photography for Nikos Stampolidis Director-General of the Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis Museum is included in the best museums in the world, while during its twelve-year operation has created new data in the country’s museum landscape. The selection of Prof. Nikos Stampolidis creates new perspectives and offers additional dynamics to a Museum that has attracted important international distinctions and (has gained) the preference of visitors from Greece and abroad. Nikos Stampolidis, an archaeologist with award-winning work, in addition to being a scholar with excellent training, is a man with a modern understanding of both archaeology and the connection between culture and society. It has the knowledge, the mood, and the vision so that the Acropolis Museum can dynamically continue its highly successful work, as well as expand and multiply its activities “.

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Lefteris Lazarou for Gastronomos Magazine Christmass Cover

In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass magazine's cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography. Special thanks to the chief editor: Angelos Rentoulas and the photo editor: Nasia Diamantidis for the excellent cooperation.
Styling: Alexandra Tasounidou
Assist: Panagiotis Andriopoulos

In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.
In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.
In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.
In this portrait photography mission for the the Christmass cover story of Gastronomos Magazine I had been travel to Hydra Island and the shots took place at the House-museum of Lazaros Koundouriotis, with the Greek chef of Varoulko Restaurant Lefteris Lazarou preparing the christmas Diner. This work was a combination of portrait and food photography.

"This year, when we are stuck, when time counts twice and every minute instills new uncertainties, we need a conscious effort to recall our festive mood, to direct it from memory, even when the surrounding atmosphere weighs on us. We will help you with that - we hope. Our goal, when planning this year's "Gourmet" Christmas tribute, was to cultivate as never before the illusion of the holiday, the transcendental warmth of Christmas, through a moving descent journey into the past. A spiritual and real journey to six separate points on the map of Greece.
Four journalists, three photographers and six chefs scattered to the four corners of the Greek territory, in Xanthi, Zakynthos, Hydra, Lesvos, Syros and back to Athens, with the destination of six great mansions that opened their doors for us for the first time and the sets were made to photograph six separate holiday menus. These trips took place just before the second lockdown, in difficult conditions, with many adversities that we had to overcome. We did it, and now, in this introductory note - which is written almost at the end of the whistle, when the whole issue is ready to leave for the printing house and we are correcting the last details - you will forgive us for advancing the feeling. You have not yet turned the pages, you have not been immersed in the images and words that try - and we believe succeed - to convey the emotion, pride and affection we felt coming in contact with these great landmarks of Hellenism. Meeting them was an exercise in self-knowledge.
Walking around the spaces, climbing stairs, listening to squeaks and strange sounds, breathing air of old wet closure, we completed with our senses the stories that were told to us about each mansion by the people who welcomed us. We took pictures, seasons and whole worlds. Greek worlds that pre-existed, that clashed, that correlated or annulled each other. That fermented, that flourished, that bore ideas, art, spirit, matter and taste". Text By the chief editor of Gatronomos Magazine, Angelos Rentoulas.


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Monk Epifanios

In a continuation from the previous tribute of taste and recipes of the monastic community of Mount Athos (Agio Oros). This time I have visited monk Epifanios covering for some days his monastic life at Mylopotamos of Mount Athos. The main subject of this tribute was the food photography of his recipes and portraits of his monastic life. I took photos of 40 of his recipes as final dishes in different locations of Mylopotamos area. The book buplished in Greece by Kathimerini publication includes 40 recipes by monk Epifanios and portraits of his daily monastic life. T texts by the food editors Angelos Redoulas & Maria Vasilopoulou.

 


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Oinoxoos After Quarantine Cover

The greek magazine "Oinochoos" about the Greek wine and wine culture, first cover after quarantine days. The idea was a cover of showing our common emotions due of the quarantine days and the step by step come back of us in normality. Over all comes the role of wine in the greek culture and economy.

In this magazine cover I used portrait photography and a dystopic scenery as backround to capture the different forms and emotions of human beings on the five magazine editors to describe balance - independence - the next unknown step - stability - social distancing. A look to the future, ours and the Greek wine from the ancient times to the present day, is a cornerstone of our culture, tradition and prosperity.

Dear editors of "Oinochoos" magazine thank you from the bottom of my heart for your cooperation and trust for this cover.
Published on June 6th with Kathimerini newspaper Sunday Edition.

In this magazine cover I used group portrait photography and a dystopic scenery as backround to capture the different forms and emotions of human beings on the five magazine editors to describe balance - independence - the next unknown step - stability - social distancing. A look to the future, ours and the Greek wine from the ancient times to the present day,  is a cornerstone of our culture, tradition and prosperity.

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Constantinos Markoulakis

Greek Actor Constantinos Markoulakis headshot photography in Athens Greece for Kappa Magazine cover

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Stefania's Georgakakou Headshot Photoshoot

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Stefania Georgakakou, the CEO of the Central Marketing and Fishing Organisation in Greece. Her headshot portrait photography season took place in studio with two different looks and lighting conditions.


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Loulis & Koliandri for Vogue Greece

Art director: Dionisis Andrianopoulos
Fashion editor: Katia Saradidou
Mua: Mary Rokkou
Assistant:Dary Owden Antonis Kavouris

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The story

https://vogue.gr/christos-loylis-emily-koliandri-o-ethismos-tis-epidayroy/