By Zisis Kardianos
“Photography of place can be said to begin at home, but although this seems obvious, it is a relatively recent area of interest for the photobook. As the medium has become more personal, the near-at-hand has become a more popular subject, closely associated with such issues as memory and desire. Photography at home, although seemingly restrictive, tends to bring out the best in photographers (in the best photographers, that is) since they have such personal and profound connections to their subject.”
— Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, A history vol.3
The photographs of this series are outtakes from my first self-published book “A sense of place”. They suggest a journey off the beaten track where my personal exploration of my native island (Zakynthos, Greece) is shared with you in the hope to leave you with an emotional understanding of the place more than a literal sense of location. Photography, contrary to the common belief, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
It’s impossible to objectively describe a place or the people who live there anyway. Every adjective suggests the opposite. Every description evokes a contradiction. In trying to document a specific place, to put it into context and to show what it’s really like, we photographers do not easily escape the traps of cliché and stereotypes. I hope that I have done my best to avoid them. Since this is a personal exploration, many aspects of life in the island have been ignored.
I am more of an observer than an intruder. Still, through my photographs, I seek to create a world that is fictional in spite of being made with the raw materials of reality.
Sic is situated in Romania, in Cluj County, and once enjoyed the title of town, mainly because of the salt mines, but due to the closure of these salt mines and due to other historical events the town gradually lost its town status and formed a village.
In the second half of the 20th century, however, the specific ethnographic characteristics and values have been discovered. What was to become known as the Szeki dance, Szeki folk music and the worldwide famous costumes exist thanks to the dance movement.
Dutch Michel Van Langeveld came here after seeing Korniss Peter's black and white pictures of the Sic dancers. He permanently settled in Sic in 2011 after meeting his wife, and now they run together a Bed & Breakfast, a museum, and a dancehouse. Michel has restored the traditional house where locals, the young and old as well, meet monthly to enjoy
traditional folk music and dances.
These photos were taken on one of these dance events. (Mihai Ciama)
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.
βULB goes Athens
Stay tuned to learn in time about the events organised by our team.
SEP 2018: The Greeks
APR 2018: The Romanians
APR 2018: ΦΩS Project2
JAN 2018: BG exhibition
DEC 2017: MSPF 2017
NOV 2017: ΦΩS Project
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