Hello, my name is Anikitos Hadjicharalampous, @anikitosphotographer , I am a documentary photographer, member of the BULB collective. I never considered photography as a means to make a living, not until I turned 30 when I had the joyous opportunity to become introduced to it. From the beginning I sensed the kind of relationship one can develop with photography by approaching it as a form of Art. A relationship that starts as a playful and enthusiastic flirt in order to end up being a deep and profound love.
This week I will show you some pictures of my project “Above the Fences” which refers of my daughter Anna’s life in the field she dedicates most of her time; horse riding.
With the Turkish invasion in July 1974 more than 250,000 Greek Cypriots were forced to flee their homes abandoning all their property and possessions. Turkey, transferring all the Turkish Cypriots to the northern part of Cyprus, created an illegal "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" that it also settled illegally with Turkish citizens. Since then the two communities live separately with the United Nations responsible for the security of the islands "buffer zone", a dividing line also called "Green Line" that stretches the entire width of the island.
With the signing of the European Communities "Asuncion Treaty" on 16 April 2003, by the Cyprus Republic 29 years later, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash decided on 23 April 2003 to lift the measures of constraint that disallowed entry to the "North" all Greek Cypriots by allowing a one-day entry permit to be issued.
From the very first days thousands of Greek Cypriots gathered at the Ledra Palace roadblock, one of the checkpoints. Crossing over to the occupied territories they spread out in all directions, eager to visit their towns and villages. Arriving at their destination some found their houses in ruins, other abandoned, others occupied by Turkish Cypriots or Turkish settlers or even Europeans. Some occupants welcomed them, others closed their doors and refused to communicate. The churches, the cemeteries and every other part of their cultural heritage that the Greek Cypriots had been forced to leave behind in 1974 has been pillaged and plundered, left to the ravages of time and today in unkempt and in ruins.
These pictures are part of the collection of Anikitos' first personal photo album, called "VISITORS IN THEIR LAND" which consists of 62 b/w photos. You can see all the photos at www.anikitos.com
If anyone wants to obtain the album may contact email@example.com
Since the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in 1974 and the opening of the checkpoints along the "Green Line" in April 2003, the refugees are having a liturgy at their churches in the occupied side for the first time. Greek Cypriots have the Christian Orthodox faith deeply rooted in them, which characterizes them as people and society. Great bitterness is what they feel seeing their churches pillaged and ruined by the Turkish conqueror.
Feelings are mixed both for them and me as a Greek Cypriot. The photographic result could not be unaffected by the effect the very event had on myself.
The atmosphere is heavy; the pervasive indignation felt by the invaded, the intense emotion during the liturgy, along with fear by the presence of the regime’s secret police everywhere as well as many curious Turks. (Anikitos Hadjicharalampous)
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