"... se rendre capable en permanence de se déprendre de soi-même ..."
The effort to "make oneself permanently able to remove oneself from oneself" has, as its corollary, a concomitant effort to involve others. Adopting the form of Klee's drawing named “Angelus Novus” the photographer becomes an angel observer where he perceives a chain of events, he collects images of people and random objects that act as readymades in city's enviroment that gives birth to a dystopian reality which keeps piling ruin upon ruin and hurls it in front of his feet.
The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress. The effort to involve others is still valid.
--based on Walter Benjamin's Illuminations.
Anargyros Drolapas - February 2017
A peculiar aura emanates from certain antiquity remains and its surrounding landscapes; a sense of an indefinite existence, a sublime feeling, an ancient secret, an eternal fear; an interplay between immortality and decay.
Often, those ancient monuments, and those landscapes, constitute more of an indication of the desire for eternal life and of the cruelty of Time, than of an evidence of human greatness. They pronounce an unavailing pursuit of continuity, a remote connection with an absent past, an ancient scream echoing through the centuries, a reminder of birth, life and death at the same time. Detached from the luxury and ornaments of modern culture, and through the solitary and austere forms of stone and land, they speak of the concealed forces behind the apparent; they speak the universal language of human agony.
A peculiar aura emanates from certain antiquity remains and its surrounding landscapes, and though it constantly invites us to capture its secrets on a single image, most of the time it feels like chasing chimeras. (Text and photos by Gerasimos Lountzis)
"One thing that is striking is that in analysis there is an entire element of the real of the subject that escapes us. . . . There is something that brings the limits of analysis into play, and it involves the relation of the subject to the real" Jacques Lacan -1982
The photographer produces a subjective representation of reality. A reality that often seems elusive and enigmatic. Inspired by the mythological fifth element Aether (or Quintessence) the current series of photos act as a medium to an alternative reality. Either plainly an illusion or possibly a depiction of dark energy, quintessence is present, forcing us to exist within excessively small whirlpools.
February 2017 (Photos and text by Argyris Drolapas)
The Bulb Collective consists of photographers active in urban (and rural) photography with an expressive shift to include highly aesthetic and poetic images in their assignments.
Stay tuned to learn in time about the events organised by our team.
JUN 2017: "Home" Project
APR 2017: Paphos exhibition
DEC 2016: Annual contest
NOV 2016: 2nd book launch
JUL 2016: Athens exhibition
JUL 2016: BULB in Kulturama
JUN 2016: Katerini exhibition
JUN 2016: Thess. exhibition
FEB 2016: Bucharest exhibit
JAN 2016: 1st Photo CONTEST
AUG 2015: BULB at VSLO2015
JUL 2015: CUCAL Exhibition
JUN 2015: BULB 1st Book
FEB 2015: Rural Project
JAN 2015: BULB Open DAY