Year 2017 in review

December 13, 2017

“Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and stop thinking. Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to ‘walk about’ into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?” - Wassily Kandinsky

 

December is the month we review and reflect upon our work for the year coming to its end. Below I present the review of my photographic practice for the year 2017, along with some statistical comparisons from the previous years. 

 

Thinking back at this year’s endeavours, I am reminded of Forrest Gump’s narration of his journeys to his wife at her deathbed. The memories of bad situations, misfortunes, exhaustion, obstacles, limitations, frustrations, failures, all fade away in front of the emotional connections established between the profane and the sacred, between the ordinary and the majestic, between body and spirit, between ourselves and others. Mnemosyne (the goddess of memory in the ancient Greek mythology) - in this sense - becomes an active and conscious mental function that chooses to keep alive the memories that nourish our psyche and aspires our faculties.

 

Diagram #1: distribution of photo shoots per month:

Diagram #2: kilometers traveled per year:

Diagram #3: web and print publications per year:

Diagram #4: awards and distinctions per year:

 

Diagram #5: distribution of projects per country:

Overview by numbers: 39 projects photographed and edited, 61 publications, 6 participations in exhibitions and trade shows, 5 projects licensed, 4 exclusive interviewed produced for arcspace and 7 competition curations for archisearch, 18 fine art prints in private collectors, 9.800 kilometers travelled, 26 distinctions in competitions.

 

Sample images from this year's projects. 

 

Architectural photo shoots:

 

Soul Apartment, Athens, designed by R.C. Tech

 

 

Double residence, Athens, designed by Nikolas Kouretas

 

B&T apartment, Nafplio, designed by Valia Foufa

 

Rinela restaurant Mitsis Hotels, Crete, designed by Elastic Architects

 

TRU Paradise club, Mykonos, designed by Loukas Fotopoulos Architects

 

Mayia Cottage, Aegion, designed by George Karatzas 

 

Kamares holiday house, Paros designed by Nikolas Kouretas

 

 

Villa Elxis, Paros, designed by Studio 265

 

Commercial photo shoots:

 

Hatzikonsta orphanage facilities, Athens, Hatzikonsta Foundation 

 

 

Primrose light, Patras, designed by Tarapera Lighting 

 

Komi airbnb, Sifnos

 

Callisto hall, Sofitel, Athens, Mitsis Hotels 

 

Bazos dental, Aegion 

 

Oceanus field study, Patras, Laboratory of Marine Geology & Physical Oceanography University of Patras

 

 

Oceanus expedition, Marathona

 

Oceanus expedition, Salamina

 

Oceanus expedition, Anfeh Lebanon, Laboratory of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography University of Patras 

 

 

Editorial photo shoots:

 

CASID, University of Balamand, Lebanon, designed by Fouad Samara Architects 

 

Balamand Abbey, Lebanon

 

Deir el-Natour monastery, Anfeh Lebanon

 

 

'From innocence to seduction' exhibition by painter Nikos Mourikis, Aegion

 

 

Fine Art projects:

 

The Lagoon, Mesolongi Greece 

 

Salamis shipwrecks, Salamis island Greece

 

The Great Trench, Promontory and Phoenician Quarry, Anfeh Lebanon

 

Holarchies, architectural abstracts from EXPO 2015 Milano

 

Nortigo, architectural abstracts from contemporary design

 

Integral Lens book collection 

 

 

Projects photographed in previous years and edited/published in 2017:

 

German Pavilion, EXPO Milano 2015, designed by Schmidhuber architecture

 

Brazil Pavilion EXPO Milano 2015, designed by Studio Arthur Casas 

 

Intesa San Paolo Pavilion EXPO Milano 2015, designed by Michele de Lucchi 

 

 

ENEL Pavilion, EXPO 2015 Milano, designed by Piuarch 

 

Caritas Pavilion EXPO Milano 2015, designed by Piuarch 

 

Slow Food Pavilion EXPO Milano 2015, designed by Herzog & de Meuron

 

Italy Pavilion EXPO Milano 2015, designed by Nemesi Studio 

 

Slovenia Pavilion, EXPO Milano 2015, designed by SoNo Architects  

 

Belgium Pavilion, EXPO 2015 Milano, Patrick Genard Architects

 

 

Clark Center Stanford University, USA, designed by Foster & Partners

 

 

EMP Museum, Seattle USA, designed by Frank Gehry

 

 

Oak Park Public Library, Chicago USA, designed by Nagle Hartray Architects

 

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge USA, designed by Fumihiko Maki 

 

Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs USA, designed by SOM

 

 

Diagram #6.1: distribution of work in sectors for 2017

Diagram #6.2: distribution of work in sectors for 2016

Diagram #6.3: distribution of work in sectors for 2015

Diagram #6.4: distribution of work in sectors for 2014

Diagram #7: website statistics for 2017

 

The AQAL approach - all quadrants (subjective, objective, inter-subjective and inter-objective), all level (modern, postmodern, integral) - is the driving force and unifying framework of my practice towards producing and delivering images from our environment in service of my inner expressions, the medium, clients and the broader public. Thank you all for your preference in and support of my work.

 

It might sound like a generic reflection, it is nonetheless an interesting one to contemplate: 

things are getting better, 

things are getting worse, 

things are perfect just the way they are, 

and all three states of being are equally true simultaneously. 

Spending time with each of them, better informs the others and breaths an air of fleeting balance in this entropic anthroposphere.

 

With love,

Pygmalion Karatzas

 

 

 

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