The main instrument which we take a photograph with, is our being, our state of mind, our memories, our culture and last but not least, our mental reaction to the world surrounding us.
And the world around us is changing fast and, unfortunately, instead of rising to higher spheres of compassion and solidarity, it is eating its children and ultimately itself.
And whether we want it or not, every photograph is a political statement made by the "political animal/ζῷον πoλιτικόν" which the photographer is by excellence (in doubting, but at the same time cementing, the society).
These extremely powerful images are not seeking pity or anger, they are just melancholic, sad, then full of hope, then sad again, then sad again in their joy, then restless in their capitulation, surrendering their souls only to the worthy and the brave, and never to the loathsome (photos by Gina Maragkoudaki)
"Faces came out of the confusion to him as he stood there, eyes met his and passed and vanished. Men gesticulated to him, shouted inaudible personal things. Most of the faces were flushed, but many were ghastly white. And disease was there, and many a hand that waved to him was gaunt and lean. Men and women of the new age! Strange and incredible meeting! As the broad stream passed before him to the right, tributary gangways from the remote uplands of the hall thrust downward in an incessant replacement of people; tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp. The unison of the song was enriched and complicated by the massive echoes of arches and passages. Men and women mingled in the ranks; tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp. The whole world seemed marching. Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp; his brain was tramping. The garments waved onward, the faces poured by more abundantly."
From the (1910) dystopian science fiction novel "When the sleeper wakes" by H. G. Wells - Chapter IX.-The people march. Quoted by Andreas Neophytou
These images, taken last summer and autumn, during two visits of Dobrujan villages with Turk minorities, do not claim to be a photographic series. As we all know, a coherent photographic project is obtained after a serious research, accompanied by multiple photographic trips closer to the subject of the story, that is obtained after the photographer manages to integrate in the community who wants to describe it, thus acquiring a kind of invisibility that allows it to capture moments that a one day visitor are not disclosed.
But this process takes time, a time that many of us do not have it available, trapped in a daily routine job-family pendulum, where any moment of escape requires sacrifices from both sides. And what better place to find for a superficial photographer? With warm welcome to everyone who want to share their lives, with no shy in front of the camera, with a huge joy for showing their culture, habits, places and fears, those communities are open to each photographic endeavour, long or short term, profound or superficial, showing each time another small part of their souls.
That is why these images are more snapshots - passed through the plexi eye of a holga pano toy camera and somehow catching a timeless glimpse, images stolen from a world which, strangely, reveals no trace of inhibition to anyone interested in that people's lives. So, go, aim, shoot, try to remain neutral and do not listen to those people's problems, struggle with poverty, lack of education and medical assistance, make some nice photos and go back to your convenient life. Is that so easy? Or maybe you will find trapped in the nets of this archaic way of life, the strange mix of joy of life and sadness you can see in the eyes of the kids, playing around with almost no toys, no need for gadgets, Wi-Fi, electronics, the powerful connection between man and his animals and nature.
Seems we can't get anything for free, and, according to that ancient fear of some cultures that when you take a picture of them you can stole their souls, we will return with their moments in our images and mind. (Photos and Text: Gabi Kovats, Holga Pan 120 film camera)
BULB goes MIAMI SPF
BULB goes ΦΩ S Athens
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.
APR 2018: The Greeks
JAN 2018: Open Call
DEC 2017: MSPF 2017
NOV 2017: ΦΩS Project
OCT 2017: The Romanians
AUG 2017: VSLO 2017
APR 2017: CY exhibition
DEC 2016: 2nd Photo 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