Respect the mystery in life then logically one’s art will be unequivocal and selfevident. Important decisions in life are almost always made under the threat of being completely wrong. When I left for example the legal profession it would not have been possible to speak of a decision and indeed an important one if it had been the product of a perfectly rational and weighted study which could preliminarily weigh all the consequences and probabilities. The same when I divorced my first wife or when I left Athens for Syros. In all these cases the decisions concealed threats and entailed fears.
Ultimately though we may have made very important e-commerce photo editing decisions in our lives without realizing it small and everyday ones with incalculable consequences. My relationship with photography initially functioned as a reaction an outlet and a consolation towards my profession at the time that of a lawyer. It seemed to me then like the most accessible tool to deal with art which was for me the joy of life. What I did not expect is that teaching would become the center of my life a pleasure as well as a profession and that it would thus steal the primacy from creation itself. I don’t believe that art is necessarily meant to capture happy moments.
But I believe that a work of art even when it refers to the bleakest of situations should fill the eyes of its recipient with tears of joy. How this will be done is part of the vision and talent of its creator. It is difficult for me to clarify what balanced or happy means. However I never feel unsatisfied. Perhaps a constant flight forward is enough for me with which I cover my doubts and my hesitations. I don’t like to dream of the Cyclades for eleven months and live them in August. I decided to live permanently in Syros for many different reasons. Athens has all the bad things of a big city and none of its good things. I think the best of Greece is in the Aegean.