Monday, September 18, 2017











"For me cities are enormous bodies of people's desires. And as I search for my own desires within them, I slice into time, seeing the moment."
-Daido Moriyama

Provoke is a tribute to Japanese photography of the 1960s-70s. The images in this series could be described as a reflection of the fragmentary, indefinite and indeterminate nature of modern urban society. The high contrast, gritty and out of focus photographs invoke a sense of isolation, melancholy, threat, inner turmoil and subsconscious desire.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Alternative Reality

“Divine Decay 39” selected for “Alternative Reality” exhibition (curated by Ashley Kauschinger for Float Magazine).


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Archive: Soul Vessels



(A building) is nothing else but  a “life tool”, a “life vessel” (a temporary refuge for the human body).

-Aris Konstantinidis

Archive: Soul Vessels is an experimental project comprised of found ephemera and photographs which form a quasi-fictional architectural-psychogeographical archive. The term “soul vessels” was inspired by Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis who coined the phrase “life vessels” to describe buildings as functional spaces whose sole purpose is to serve human needs.
The work challenges the “traditional” concept of the archive: it is not only “important” and “celebratory” photographic moments that are worth collecting and assembling. The emphasis is on ideas concerning day-to-day living, the burden of constant wear-and-tear, and the inevitable damage and erosion of all objects and living beings.
In a certain sense Archive: Soul Vessels is an attempt to rewrite and re-register reality, as if creating an array of urban portals which open onto a plethora of mental spaces. Through this meticulously assembled pseudo-archive the deepest strata of the imagination can be explored: imprints of past realities, which are fused into the photographed relics, are rediscovered and reinterpreted generating new auras of the unknown.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fraction Magazine Issue 98 (Ninth Anniversary Issue)





Fraction Magazine features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ghosts_Dreams_Memories (work in progress)


























“Those who look outside, dream. Those who look inside, awaken”.
-C.G. Jung

Ghosts_ Dreams_Memories is an ongoing series of surreal photomontages which explore the world of the unconscious mind and psychic phenomena.
On a conceptual level crucial for the development of the work were the theories of psychologist Carl Gustav Jung whose research involved the fields of religion, alchemy, astrology, philosophy, mythology and dreams. According to Jung reality is more complex than what is perceived by the physical senses or revealed by mainstream science -he believed we all possess psychic faculties, albeit usually in undeveloped form.
On an aesthetic level the work was inspired by photographic artists such as Clarence John Laughlin and Jerry Uelsmann whose experimental and multi-layered work questions photographic "truth" and representation. The work was also influenced by "spirit" photographs of the 1800's-1900's which supposedly depict paranormal phenomena such as human auras, levitating bodies, ghostly manifestations, disembodied entities etc.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, December 2, 2016

LensCulture


LensCulture is one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography from around the world. It is committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

KONMARK IMAGES WORDS























Blog covering multiple topics such as ancient and contemporary art, sacred sites and architecture, experimental photography, existential and perennial philosophy, world mythology and folklore, transpersonal psychology, parapsychology and the occult, eastern and western poetry and literature, world cinema, meditative music, alternative history and archaeology, comparative religion, esotericism, hermeticism, mysticism, contemporary spirituality, integral theories, psychedelic research, science and the evolution of consciousness.

http://konmarkimageswords.tumblr.com/

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mind Patterns (Work in Progress)


Thine own consciousness, shining, void, and inseparable from the Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, nor death, and is the Immutable Boundless Light.


(Padmasambhava, The Tibetan Book of the Dead)


Mind Patterns is a series of cameraless photographs/computer constructions which deal with the artist’s inner need to transcend mundane reality in search of the absolute. The work was inspired by Tibetan Buddhist theories regarding “universal consciousness” and the art of avant-garde pioneers such as Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy whose photographic experiments (solarizations, photograms etc) challenged the established notion of photographic "reality".

Manifestations of the ineffable exist in our subconscious where billions of organic and inorganic, human and pre-human images and experiences are stored in a kind of virtual hard drive. With the help of computer simulation-manipulation I attempted to retract primordial shapes and symbols, textures and patterns, spaces of darkness and luminance from this collective depository and rendered them into digital post-photographic photograms.

My intention with this experimental work was to suggest that everyday reality as we normally perceive it is a kind of virtual reality: it is a product of our limited awareness and an illusion imposed by our senses. According to Buddhist teachings our minds are integral parts and exponents of a universal network of energy (“universal mind”) which is eternal, indestructible and omnipresent. By applying appropriate techniques and practices -such as meditation and artistic creation- the individual has the potential to rise above trivial reality and experience a radiant supra-reality and enlightened state of mind (“clear light”).

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Konstruktion (work in progress)



















An ongoing series of collages inspired by great avantgarde artists of the past such as Kurt Schwitters. These collages are a way of making sense of our complex, fragmented world and an artistic attempt to impose unity and order on life's chaos. Bits and pieces of newspaper, calendar pages and other discarded ephemera take on new life by being combined, juxtaposed and superimposed; through playful improvisation and experimentation they form mysterious alliances proving that even the (seemingly) worthless can have value and meaning.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Divine Decay



 “Despite wide recognition that art has an important commercial aspect, art sustains its cultural image as an essentially sanctified domain of higher spiritual values, beyond the realm of material life and praxis”. [01]

-Richard Shusterman


Divine Decay is a series of photographic/mixed media constructions informed and inspired by holy texts, illuminated manuscripts, death memorials, alchemical/occult symbols, sacred geometry, religious icons and Renaissance panel paintings. The work deals with memory, remembrance and decay and tackles issues such as spirituality which is often neglected but also essential for the well-being and inner balance of the individual in our hypertechnological and increasingly materialistic society.

The gritty and damaged appearance of the images alludes to fragility, mortality and the transient nature of earthly existence. Although such subjects are generally perceived as rather morbid and depressing, reflection on their significance could prove to be an illuminating way of reflecting on life. Photography is a medium often associated with death and impermanence: in her influential book On Photography Susan Sontag suggests that “all photographs are memento mori.” “A photograph,” she says, “is  (participation) in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability.” [02]

The use of photographic portraiture intends to affect the viewer on a visceral and spiritual level: quite often a face has been described as “the mirror of the soul” and even today some cultures believe that a photograph somehow captures the soul of a person. The combination of portraits with religious iconography, holy texts and various esoteric symbols suggests that death may not be a definite full stop but -perhaps- a gateway to another kind of existence. According to many religions and wisdom traditions life on earth may be perceived as a gift, a learning experience or a kind of journey. The father of analytical psychology C.G. Jung (who combined various fields of research such as religion, mythology and alchemy) believed that the human psyche has a relatively trans-spacial and trans-temporal nature. As he has argued, “we are not completely subjected to the powers of annihilation because our psychic totality reaches beyond the barrier of space and time.” [03]

Life after death as a concept is somewhat incomprehensible, ungraspable and unfathomable. Nevertheless, it is perhaps something we ought to consider and prepare for. The aim of  Divine Decay is to remind us both of our finitude and our potential immortality: via playful combinations relationships are formed which result in a kind of alchemical synthesis of various elements which seek to communicate with the viewer on an aesthetic, esoteric and spiritual level.


References:

[01] Shusterman R. (fall 2008) ‘Art and Religion’. Journal of Aesthetic Education. 42 (3), p.2.
[02] Sontag, S. (1978) On Photography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
[03] Jung, C.G. (1999) Jung on Death and Immortality. Princeton University Press, p. 132.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

f-stop magazine #74 (Telling Stories)


Four photographs from "Constructed Narratives, Imagined Realities" featured in f-stop photography magazine issue #74 Dec 2015-Jan 2016 (Telling Stories).

http://www.fstopmagazine.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

Work in Progress (23-11-2015)

"The various definitions of congruence describe a situation where a state of harmony and agreement is perceived or achieved. There is a governing notion of similarity, albeit a strange one: it is not a complete equivalence, nor a complete disjunction. Furthermore, in psychology, the concept of congruence is more related to «genuiness», realness and to interpersonal relationships that are true and «transparent», having no «front», no facade... In architecture and design, congruence can be encountered and perceived as a transcendental trait, which has the capability of being constantly adapted and transformed, according to any specific situation or design problem that must be faced and tackled."


Text by Spyridon Kaprinis

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Constructed Narratives, Imagined Realities





































Art-making is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt.

(Christian Boltanski)

Constructed Narratives, Imagined Realities is a series of manipulated vintage photographs, found photographs/texts and personal photographs. This work tackles universal themes such as love, family, war, death and issues such as time, memory, myth and history.
Due to the treatment of the images and their combination with obscure handwritten text the viewer is not quite sure what he/she is looking at. One could perhaps imagine that these are pages from a photo-album, a personal journal, a historical archive or an illustrated book. The boundaries between truth and fiction are deliberately blurred allowing the beholder to give birth to various meanings and associations.
For this project the value of the image as artistic artefact and creative construct is more important than the authorship of the writings and the "truthfulness" of the photographs. The ambiguous relationship between picture and text creates an uncertain environment which challenges the spectator's emotional, intellectual and imaginative faculties.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Photometria 2015 (Thessaloniki)



“Faith” group show at “OKTO” photogallery (Thessaloniki, Mitropoleos 125).
Private view 15 Sep 2015 (8 pm). Duration: 16 Sep-25 Sep (Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Photometria Festival 2015 (Faith)


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An exhibition of 25 photos based on the theme of "Faith". Held at the Municipal Cultural Multiplex (old slaughterhouses) of Ioannina from 27 May to 7 June 2015. The exhibition will travel to eleven Greek cities.
Photometria Festival is a cross-cultural meeting point bringing together ideas, traditions, worldviews and expressive media from all over the world. It includes a network of several cities across Greece and four European countries.

Friday, April 10, 2015

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