I have neglected my diary I know. I hate excuses but life happens sometimes and it’s too fast so you have to leave some things behind. I’ll try my best now that I am in my forties to better manage my time. This is a rather unusual post for me but maybe one of my favorites. It’s about my birthday party. I was thinking of celebrating my 40th birthday and I wasn’t sure what to do. Invite some close friends for dinner? Invite more for a fun brunch? An afternoon tea party? No. It had to be bigger and more fun. So then it hit me. A party should be a party and the more the merrier is a rule. It had to be a night club, the music had to be perfect for most guests and I had to have premium drinks, just how I like them. So I started searching and it wasn’t long before I visited the brand new location of Athen’s members club, Salon de Bricolage. It was love at first sight! I knew this was the venue for my birthday party, just like I had imagined it; perfect setting and excellent grooves. Now all I had to arrange was the fine drinking, but that was a no brainer to me, being a member of the Grey Goose family all this time. We discussed my party details and they loved the idea of supporting me in this big birthday bash. So as everything was falling into place, all I had to do was fine tune the not so minor details, like the birthday cake that the super talented pâtissier Ianthi created according to the party theme, that was all about metallics. You can see some of the photos from the big night below! A huge thanks to all of you who joined me in this unforgettable party, for all your warm wishes and perfect gifts. I am truly touched, feel loved and I am very very happy. Hope I don’t have to wait for another decade to repeat this!
A collaborative project that came together to soothe painful feelings. The transition from the raw feeling of rage caused by the painful loss of a loved one, to the feeling of acceptance of its constant absence and the final redemption. The poem included in the video is written by Niki Chalkiadaki, music and sound design by Dimitris Dimas, performers Orestis Karydas and Katerina Misichroni. Art direction by Orestis Karydas, directed by me. Entire video shot on the Sony A6300 (thanks so much for this fantastic piece of gear Sony Greece). Big thanks to Thodoris Markou for providing us shelter to create this at his studio, Amynta 13.
I was more than intrigued when I received my invitation for Christina’s New Year’s Eve party. To me, and to many others I’m sure, the holiday season stopped being fun when my childhood ended. Instead of a time off school, with endless presents, lots of favorite foods and games in the snow with my cousins, it had become a tightly scheduled period, with endless obligations and days of hectic work. Of course, I have to admit there are a few nights that are destined for fun, and Christina’s reception was one of those…Christina is a great cook, with her own catering service, renowned for her amazing parties, always with the best music, the tastiest finger food and the most eclectic cocktails. On the night of the event I had a friendly couple over for some cocktails to warm us up…
This is a fashion editorial that we did with my talented friend Yiorgos Mesimeris in the streets of Plaka, Athens. The idea was obvious; Blending in with the ambience. Seven different minimalist looks with backgrounds to match. The gorgeous Tilde Rasmussen from D Models was in town this rainy day and Marita Politou made sure her hair and make up matched the mood.
It’s been a year since I started trying to get into the new EMST building, Athens’ new Museum of Contemporary Art. I have been negotiating this with the Museum staff and it’s been really difficult for various reasons, one of them being the Museum not being ready. The building is the old Fix beer factory, a landmark in the area which for years has been under reconstruction and most Athenians have been impatient to visit it. The time is near for this, as the first step has been made and slowly the museum will be ready to open to the public. This Saturday 17/5 I got invited to a press conference and I was allowed to bring some fellow photographers with me to shoot the inside of the new EMST. I must say I am very happy I had the opportunity for early access to this beautiful, new art space in the city. I can’t wait to shoot it again and looking forward to see it opening to the public soon. Here are some photos I managed to take so you can also get an idea of the building’s interior, as well as some more fun shots with my friends!
A few weeks ago I received a mail from HM Greece to participate in a private viewing for fashion bloggers & instagrammers of their brand new Conscious Exclusive collection. I am not really a fashion person myself but my friend Maria always inspires me when we shoot together, so I invited her to come with me. Here are some of the shots I took of her with three different outfits from the Conscious Exclusive collection, shot in HM’s showroom in Kolonaki.
For the 11th World Wide Instameet we decided to meet up at the Olympic Sport Complex in Athens on Sunday 22 March. This was my fourth Instameet and I am very happy to see this community grow bigger and stronger every time. The weather didn’t really help much to be outside as much as we would have liked, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Getting out of your comfort zone is always rewarding to your creativity. I got lost inside the complex with @malddim and we had such a laugh. It was great to see old friends and really nice meeting new ones! Here are some shots from the wwim11_athens! If you are feeling nostalgic see the post from WWIM9
This short time that I have been working with Stegi, some amazing things have happened. One of them is that I was given the chance to arrange an Instagram event along the lines of the #empty movement that has been happening in museums around the world.
The team at Stegi (Onassis Cultural Center) is very forward thinking & always edgy in everything that they do, so arranging the event was a breeze. But what’s even better, there are many more digital events to come. I couldn’t be any happier working with such an institution! Here are some of my shots from the event but you can also follow @stegi_occ on Instagram & check #emptystegi for more excellent content!
It’s been a while since the last post, lots of new things, projects & big changes happening in my life at the moment and it’s been exciting to say the least. Last week Fanis, Lia, Maria & myself were having some morning fun shooting at the Athens Hilton, as we were commissioned to create some digital content on their behalf. The hotel was already decorated for Christmas and so we started doing our thing in the lobby, while staff and guests were staring at us, wondering what exactly we were up to. Here are some shots I took with the DSLR.
These last few weeks have been among the busiest I’ve had for a very long time, but at the same time it’s been a very creative period for me and although very tired, I am thoroughly enjoying every second. Since I hadn’t had the time to go for some casual shooting with my friends I have gathered two sessions together, with portraits of friends I really like and I wanted to share.