Andreas Paradise was born in 1969 in Athens, Greece where he still lives today. In 1988 he studied photography but some years later quit it and worked in the financial sector. He holds an MBA from Kingston University in London.Back in 2007 a meeting with Manos Lykakis and, later, with Platon Rivellis (founder of Photo Circle) reminded him that he had unfinished business with photography. Since then photography has again been his first and daily priority, and the main way in which he expresses himself. His teachers include Michael Ackerman, Jacob Aue Sobol and in 2011 he won a scholarship for a masterclass given by Anders Petersen.
He likes to think of himself more as an architect and a collector than as a photographer; an architect because he is trying to build his own world, and a collector because he is trying to gather the raw materials needed for that purpose. He is not a story teller, he is just trying to describe the world of his visions. The only proof of these visions is the millisecond that will remain eternally alive and will never be repeated again.
Lukas Vasilikos started photography in 2006.He lives and works in Athens.Lukas is a member of the “Depression Era” team of artists and writers that record the Greek crisis and he participated in an exhibition that took place in March 2014 at Palais de Beax Arts (Bozar), Belgium and in DUPON gallery part of Mois de la Photo a Paris in November 2014. He is also a member of the international collective “street-photographers” and the “Photography Circle”.
I was born and bred in Komotini, a small town in northern Greece, where I have chosen to live. I have been involved with photography since 1985 with a 10-year-interval.
My field of reference is “the street”; I neither seek extraordinary events, nor do I travel around in quest of a subject to photograph. I have been photographing the “riches” of everyday life on a daily basis. I seek nothing but the moment when narration becomes superfluous, with a view to creating a new universe where everything will be evident yet something will be left unrevealed, not with symbols but with hints. My starting point is a quote by Odysseas Elytis, an eminent Greek poet, that goes as follows: “with lime twigs you may capture birds, yet you never capture their singing. It takes a different kind of twig….” The “project” I am working upon is a single one and it will be over once my life cycle is over, hoping that my every photo gets across to the viewer the intensity I felt when I raised my camera, opening for him small cracks in the solid wall of reality, allowing him to see beyond and over reality and its laws. I make use of reality so as to make photos, trying to shape something that pre-existed within me and at the same time giving back to life itself what I have borrowed for a single moment but now in an altered form as dictated by my own spirit; thus, I follow exactly the opposite course in comparison with those involved with applied or commemorative photography, who use photography as a means to show reality.
I started teaching fine-art photography in 2007 in the student cultural society of Democritus University of Thrace. I am currently teaching in the photographic societies of Komotini, Xanthi and Kavala and I have also been conducting seminars on fine-art photography and visual perception in photographic groups and societies all over Greece.
In 2014 my first photographic album entitled “Obsessions” was published. It can be provided to anyone interested by contacting email@example.com