from the Balkan photography
interviewed by Vicky Markolefa and Michail
VM: You moved to Australia years back, where your photographic journey began. What inspired you then and what spurs your interest today?
YY: Despite having lived in Australia for two decades, my photography journey began ten years ago in Greece, in an isolated village in the mountains, where a camera and a forgotten book of street photography fell into my hands completely by chance. Since that day, I've tried to see the daily life around me as small frames in an endless movie, and to capture the frames that have piqued my interest
MM: In which way(s) photography helped you in life?
YY: During a particularly stressful period in my life, photography appeared to have a sedative effect on me. The idea was to create something both positive and. creative in order to turn around the issues and. emotions of the time.I made it through a very tough phase in my life thanks to photography.
VM: Your work has been exhibited and published worldwide, and received commentary on its distinctive style. What makes an image stand out and how can a photographer differentiate in the saturated fields of street photography and social media.
YY: The fact that someone can recognize one of my photos among others without seeing the name is one of the comments that pleases me. In my opinion, this means that I have developed my own style of photography over time. Obviously, this does not happen overnight. Time and experimentation are essential for the photographer to develop his own style and vision for how he wishes to portray the world around him. For the other part of your question, I think it's the ability of the photographer to create emotions and connect with the viewers of their photos through those emotions.
MM: Why capturing the moment on camera is more important (if so) instead of living it?
YY: For the same reason that a painter sits for hours painting a landscape, a musician does the same to finish a song. If we generalize it a bit, I think that it's the photographer's or each artist's internal need to communicate with people on another level that is more personal to them. In regards to street photography, I have discovered that I see moments that others never notice when I'm on the streets. Perhaps we can say this logic is my way of living in the moment and if I'm fast enough capture that moment as well.
MM: What is your state of mind before triggering the shutter?
YY: My mind isn't focused on anything when I'm on the road, nor am I seeking anything in particular. My goal is to stay calm and open-minded while alert to whatever might come my way.
VM: Your recent projects and future plans?
YY: For the time being, I'm still working on Distinctive Red a project that I began a. few. years ago and is about a well-known soft drink as well as a project for Thessaloniki's. seaside which is also the city where I was born. There is talk of a solo exhibition in Greece as well as a group exhibition in Mexico with Little Box Collective a collective to which I'm part of.
Yiannis Yiasaris was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1968, and lived there until 2001 where he moved to Melbourne, Australia.
He became involved with photography in 2013. His interest in people leads him to discover his passion for street photography.
Photographs and interviews of him have been published in several books and magazines, TV and Radio stations,
and street photography blogs.
From 2019 is a member of the TTL collective (Though The Lands). An International street photographers’ collective.
. 2016 Best Black & White photographer in Australia
. 2017 Best Black & White photographer in Australia Finalist.
. 2018 Aussie Street Photography Festival Finalist.
. 2018 Miami Street Photography Festival Finalist.
. 2019 Miami Street Photography Festival Finalist.
. 2020 Miami Street Photography Festival Finalist.
. 2019 8TH ANNUAL MPA (Mobile Photography Awards) Finalist.
. 2020 Italian Street Photography Festival Finalist.
.2020 Istanbul Street Photography Festival Finalist.
.2021 FUJIFILM MOMENT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS Finalist
.2021 THE WALL 2021 Finalist
. 2015 SITHOM group exhibition Melbourne, Australia.
. 2018 Aussie Street Photography Festival group exhibition Sydney, Australia.
. 2018 Miami Street Photography Festival group exhibition Miami, USA, Milan, Italy.
. 2019 Miami Street Photography Festival group exhibition Miami, USA, Milan, Italy.
. 2019 Familiar Strangers solo exhibition Thessaloniki Greece.
.2020 Italian Street Photography Festival group exhibition Milan, Italy.
.2020 Miami Street Photography Festival group exhibition online.
.2020 Istanbul Street Photography Festival, group exhibition Istanbul.
2021 SITHOM group exhibition Melbourne, Australia