year of birth: 1989
Q1: When did you start making art?
I got my first dSLR in 2007 after I found out how fun it was to take pictures at the annual family vacations to Greece. This excalated with some ideas I had; I tried them out and got some results I was pretty happy with. This inspired me to go on.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Music inspires me a lot. When I hear songs, I get ideas. Visual impacts inspire me as well. I usually shoot what I find aesthetically pleasing or intriguing. My images do not necessarily have to have a story linked to them. They can also be about the visual impact. Lines or colors.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I use my camera for the shooting of course. Then I render my images with photoshop to give the finishing touch. This can range from simple black/white conversions to textured layers digital manipulations. I do tend to keep it as real as possible though.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
As said earlier I’m very affected by what pleases me or intrigues me. This means that my motifs can be very diverse and look very alike or very dissimilar. I have difficulties staying at one theme or concept for very long at a time. I feel like I’m copying myself. If I do have to come up with some general concepts then I like the mysterious and obscure, and I like lines and geometry. These are probably some of the most widespread elements in my work
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I don’t do that. The main color is the color that works for the specific image. Is it black and white, so be it. Is it blue, then it’s blue. Is it yellow and so on. I tend to figure out how the image unfolds and wants to look like, when I do the post processing.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I would get better at editing. I keep seeing amazing pieces from other artists and I envy their techniques. I often catch myself thinking that my images look flat and I wish from time to time that my rendering was different. So I like to develop and find new ways to improve.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have some surreal portraits in mind, I would like to see realized. But my camera is broken at the moment. Apparently it doesn’t like saltwater :-/
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Phoenixstamatis.
Aesthetic, obscure, minimal
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This idea HERE was the reason I wanted a dSLR. I had been running around playing with the thought, but with no possibility of realizing it.
When I got the dSLR I got my sister to model for me, we found all the books and then we played around. But what I had in mind and what actually was shot were two completely different things, and I was pretty demotivated. I didn’t know how to properly adjust my camera and the whole image got this yellowish glow caused by the candle lights. It was all ruined. I then sat down and played around with the images in photoshop, being new to it all it was hard of course. The main thing was that I found a way to adjust the warmth of the image, and suddenly the yellow light was gone and the colors presented themselves. I was so happy, and the feeling of having accomplished something diminished my earlier demotivation. So even though the image was meant as a surreal interpretation of my mind it now symbolizes my beginning.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I have developed new styles and have gotten better at editing. I have gotten better at restricting myself, and I have gotten better at composing my images. I have removed a lot of elements from my photos and try to keep things simple and not overcrowded.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art for me is a way of capturing the beauty or the interesting things of the world. It’s about savoring a fleeting moment and hope you get lucky enough to experience it. And if you manage to capture it and share it with people, share what you found so wonderful or exciting, it just makes it even more worth it. And I get the escaping from reality, but I guess as a photographer it’s exactly the part where you manage to show reality as something exciting, mysterious, dangerous or beautiful – I could go on – that makes it all worth it. You just have to know where to look.