PANTA RHEI – EVERYTHING FLOWS
What inspired you to start working on the project?
For me, photography is a way of taking a break from reality, a moment of oblivion amidst the monotony of everyday life and o ce work. It also gives me an opportunity to meet people, and through these speci c photographs, get closer to a human being.
The process of passing is present throughout our lives, from birth till death. Youth passes, just as happy moments slip away irrevocably. There is something pessimistic about passing, but there is optimism about it, too, since the things we lose are compensated for with memories.
How did your work progress before you made the final version of your project?
I was observing my partner for nearly a year. I wanted to get closer to him, get to know his system of values. I noticed that although he can appear a lost man, he is aware of the passing of his own youth, realising that aging cannot be stopped.
In the early stage of the project, my photographs were coarse and “explicit.” My partner was unable to relax, as he was stressed by the camera. For a long time, I was unable to express what I wanted to say.
What is the central message you wish to communicate?
The series is the beginning of a longer project. It is an attempt to tell a story about a man who is struggling with the present, about how, a er crossing a certain age, a person starts to be riddled with doubts. He asks questions like: Who is he? What has he squandered? What has he lost? What could he have gained? What decisions has he taken? And what are the consequences?
What photographic language do you use in your pictures and why?
This is an ongoing project. I am still searching for the aesthetics I could ultimately use. Unfortunately, in order to do your work, you need time and to be fully committed to what you are doing. These factors have run a little bit short here. I was trying to nd the time to photograph when we could be together, a er work, on weekends, during holidays, and that’s why I think most of the pictures are dark. Yet as I see it, the darkness, the imperfections and the empty spaces are also suggestive of passing.