Year 2017 in review
“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:
Double residence, Athens, designed by Nikolas Kouretas
Mayia Cottage, Aegion, designed by George Karatzas
Kamares holiday house, Paros designed by Nikolas Kouretas
Commercial photo shoots:
Komi airbnb, Sifnos
Bazos dental, Aegion
Oceanus expedition, Marathona
Oceanus expedition, Salamina
Editorial photo shoots:
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
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:
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.