10 Favorite Photos: Charalampos Kydonakis
Born and raised on Crete. Studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Lives in Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba.
2010, Crete: This image is taken in a village in the Asterousia mountains. I was there for a wedding. This image is shot at 07:00 the next morning at the end of the wedding where the last remaining guests were having fun. Finally, I slept out in the fields that morning, I couldn’t drive back home.
2010, Lisbon: The last day of that trip I was walking in the Mouraria neighborhood and at some moment I saw this girl moving this radiator. It was the beginning of January, I guess her house was cold.
2009, Athens: That day I decided to buy a flash as I got bored with shooting silhouettes against the sunlight for 2 hours. I pointed the flash up from a low height and got this result. My photos from that day and on got their own light.
2016, New York City: Manhattan is full of people with cables talking to their phones. After a certain point this permanent image becomes tiring. Places where people are less technology-addicted seems more interesting to me. I shot this one somewhere near Harlem.
2011, Rome: I had fixed the wrong camera settings and this beautiful black girl was over-exposed and turned into white for a moment.
2012, Kastoria: I saw these ducks near the lake and went out of the car to take a picture of them. I think they were not that friendly to a tourist in their town.
2011, Sevilla: Even if Andalucia’s climate is really dry, these 5 days that I was there it was very rainy. I read afterwards that it hadn’t been like that since 70 years now in April. This is an image from a day that it didn’t rain that much.
2014, Oslo: I was hanging around in a park in the night. There were no people around to take photos of, so I started shooting the statues.
2012, Stockholm: This one is shot in Stockholm’s subway where a lot of strange creatures were around that day. Once in Berlin I took a similar photo, pointing at the opposite subway stairs and the guy I shot got furious: he went down the stairs and ran climbing to the stairs where I was, shouting at me to delete the photo. The Stockholm zombie proved to be more calm than the Berliner, he didn’t bite.
2009, Brussels: It was December and really cold there. Belgium has the world’s greatest beer, so I drank some bottles to warm up and then took some portraits in a square. I don’t remember much from that night.