I am drawn to and intrigued by cultural diversity, socioeconomic themes, history, design and architecture. As strong visual and symbolic sparks, these arenas ultimately inform my creative process and evolution.
My work probes ideas of identity, connection and isolation within a variety of environments, including remote and often inaccessible areas. Inherent in my photographs one may discern an opposition between traditional and modern facets of life accompanied by an amalgamation of environmental study and indirect portraiture. Stillness, irregularity, and deviations in subjects secluded from view or concealed in plain sight become priority; I favor the hushed and hidden settings amid spaces, people, and memory to better understand the human condition. Such subjects incite a sense of wonder and meaning beyond the conventional social and psychological spaces in which we navigate.
Photography’s malleability emboldens life and communicates ideas and stories across borders in accessible manners. I believe in it as an imperative and ever-evolving visual medium. We live in societies that broadcast an unremitting profusion of stimuli—images, news, ideals, stereotypes, marketing and technology—which inundate our waking lives and shape our beliefs in real-time.
Incidentally, we may feel overwhelmed in the infinitely complex tangle of increasing associations which undoubtedly require perpetual daily awareness. This overload has seemingly impacted our ability to discern between the tasteful and boilerplate, inevitably influencing our perceptions of impactful imagery and meaningful narrative. This stark realization has fostered an active, bootstrap consciousness and refined approach—not solely toward aesthetics—to embody deeper insight, purpose, and illumination in my photographs.
Raised as a first-generation Greek, my experiences were influenced by two disparate cultures. I acquired my first manual camera in 1997, a wondrous machine I couldn’t set down, and am based in Baltimore, Maryland. My springboard originates in design and animation, consummated by a BFA degree from the University of Maryland. I am grateful for the capacity to have pursued my art full-time since 2007 and in speaking two languages fluently.
Research is an indispensable tool in my work. I am grateful for a wellspring of inspiration from an often insatiable curiosity. I believe the decisive nexus between an evolving sensibility and a surrounding world-in-flux becomes the will to perpetually explore new terrains. Through writing and photography, my intent is to make photographs that reflects my personal beliefs and values in hopes of offering a positive, enlightening force.