Interview with Maria Spyropoulou
I live and work in Athens as an art conservator. Over the past 25 years, I’ve been dedicating my free time on photography, mostly street photography. Originally, I worked with analog camera and black & white film. In the past years, I’ve been using digital cameras and I prefer to work with colour, though I do not entirely dismiss black & white. The choice depends on the topic and my mood at the time.
Most of my pictures are taken in Greece but I do take shots while travelling around Europe, the Balkans, Turkey or wherever I may find myself. I do try to bare my photos of the concept of time and place; The ideal picture for me is a timeless story with no borders…. anything could happen anywhere!
When you are wandering the streets with your camera, any given moment is an opportunity to take a good shot, as long as you keep your eyes open to not miss it.
People provide me material and inspiration. The bodies, the glances, the movements my camera picks up, captures and, at the same time, transforms.
It could be because photography can be experienced as an attractive deconstruction and reconstruction of reality, giving it infinite extensions, defying limits, its meaning and authenticity. Another reason is because the shot I am looking for seems to be elusive so, I find myself going back to it again and again.