Urban photography or with other words cityscapes is a very colorful category of photographs because it captures each cities architecture and public decoration. Below we feature an amazing Greek photographer Eugenia Kyriakopoulou who was born in Athens, Greece in 1979. At 17 she moved to London where she did her BA in English Literature and Teaching. After a short period of living in Athens, she moved to Granada, Spain where she lived and worked as an English teacher for 7 years. Although she had always been interested in photography and was introduced to it as a child by her father, a keen photographer, it was during her time in Spain that she got inspired the visual stimuli she received and by the people she met there, one of them being an emerging Spanish photographer and a dear friend of hers, Lola Guerrera. As a result, she took photography more seriously, eventually fell in love with it and started exploring the different ways in which she could express herself through this medium.
Eugenia now lives and works in Athens as an English and Spanish teacher but she devotes much of her free time in taking and digitally editing pictures. She is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraiture, street photography and architecture. Although an amateur, with no interest in pursuing a professional career in photography, some of her pictures have become book covers.
“I love capturing beauty and creating beauty. I believe I’m an aesthete at heart, whose aim is to create art pleasing to the eye. I find beauty in form and symmetry, which is why I love taking photos of modern architecture and picturesque street scenes, where buildings and silhouettes create a quasi- geometrical cityscape. However, what I love most is portraiture with an artistic concept. I like to create an image in my head and slowly find the means to bring it to life, by choosing the model, the props, the location… Or depicting a person – often a dear friend or a family member – in the form of a different persona, the way I would picture them in my head, a little like having this person exist in a different time and space for a while.”
“To me photography is a means of expression and it ultimately represents the photographer’s idea of the world through images. For this reason, I am all for digitally processing my images: when I have a concept in mind, I don’t want the final result to be what is reflected through the camera lens but my image of the world, my feelings and everything I would like to express through photography, which is where editing comes in, to filter the authentic, original image, and turn it into what I have in mind, my vision of a specific concept, a specific place, a specific person. Photography for me is a way to dream and create, to bring together dreams and real life in one image, the photographer’s vision, I cannot imagine my life without it.”