“It is the mood of the beholder which gives the city of Zemrude its form. If you go by whistling, your nose atilt behind the whistle, you will know it from below: window sills, flapping curtains, fountains. If you walk along hanging your head, your nails dug into the palms of your hands, your gaze will be held on the ground, in the gutters, the manhole covers, the fish scales, wastepaper. You cannot say that one aspect of the city is truer than the other …” - Cities & Eyes 2, Invisible cities, Italo Calvino
Photos by Mihai Ciama, selected by Nikos Economopoulos
Living in close proximity with one another is inevitable in big cities and Athens is no exception to the rule. While appreciating the lines, shapes and fading colors that evoke a feeling of decay, I observe this closeness from a distance, keeping to myself, just an onlooker who chooses to remain alone together with the humming of the big city, hinting that life, joy, or sorrow, remain hidden behind the facades of the buildings.
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.