Interview with Spiros Loukopoulos
I’m a 31 years old. I come from Greece but for the past 2 years I have lived and worked in Copenhagen, Denmark. I have a BA in Civil Engineering but I have never worked on this field. I never liked it. I was interested in more artistic stuff. I studied fine arts and somehow it made me a graffiti writer for many years. I always used to take pictures of my “pieces” on the walls, trying to have a better and better picture, and through the years I started searching how can I make a better one. After I joined a local photography group with some university students, I discovered such great photographers and I realized that this is the life I would like to live.
I believe everywhere. I like to be among people, demonstrations, celebrations, everything that streets can give you out there. In some occasions nature and wildlife gives me the same. It depends what I need more at that time I think. Most of the time I don’t have any specific subject or story that I shoot. I am not really sure what I prefer to shoot the most. For now I shoot what gives me a different feeling, something out of my regular daily routine. Also what I find interesting and I want to remember in 20 or 30 years.
I have my camera almost every day with me, even when I go to work. These last couple of months though, because Denmark’s weather is a bit tough, I have started taking my camera only on my days off so I can be more focused on my photowalks. I’m trying to be in different places every time. For now that seems to work for me. I like the grey sky of Denmark, even better when it’s foggy or snowy.
Streets, random people with different stories, friends and family, sometimes countryside. From a crack on a wall to the busiest place in the world. Most of the time you will see black and white from me. Color comes when I think it fits the picture. I’m attracted to daily beautiful life of people in city areas, at suburbs and the big night life in Copenhagen.
I’m not good at talking. In photography it seems that I have found what I was looking for, a way to show what I have to tell. I just take a picture and I say what I wanted to be told. I share a moment, a memory or some thoughts about what we left behind due to our daily routine. Anyone can come up with his own result after seeing my pictures. As the great Elliott Erwitt says “the whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain thing with words”.