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 a confrontation between traditional and modern facets of life, as well as 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 conventionally social and psychological spaces in which we navigate.
Photography’s malleability emboldens life by communicating ideas and stories across borders in accessible manners. I believe in it as an imperative and continually-evolving visual medium. Moreover, we live in societies that broadcast a rapid and unremitting profusion of stimuli–images, journalism, ideals, stereotypes, marketing and technology–inundating our waking lives and shaping our belief systems. Naturally, we may feel overwhelmed in this infinitely complex tangle of hyperbolic associations.
This overload has impacted our ability to discern between the tasteful and boilerplate, inevitably influencing our perceptions of impactful imagery with meaningful narrative. This stark realization has fostered an active consciousness in my views and approaches, not solely among a focus toward aesthetics, but in embodying deeper meaning and purpose 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 put away, 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.
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. My intent is to create work that reflects my personal beliefs and values in hopes of offering a positive, enlightening force.