Agelis Tsotras. Photographs. By any means necessary.
Rolleiflex and other black and whites
Lately, I’ve been working on my darkroom and scanning workflow, trying out chemicals etc. I think it’s been paying off, and I’m excited to keep shooting film again. Here are the Rolleiflex shots first: some nikon F3, with the precious Voigtlander 20mm: and, of course, the adorable Lomo sprocket rocket (very very decent lens!):
Leros Solidarity Network Costume Party @ PIKPA
On a lovely Saturday afternoon, everyone gathered at the PIKPA building in Leros for a heartwarming children’s costume party. Learn more about the Leros Solidarity Network and our actions in support of refugees here – It is great to shoot these kids, they love having their picture taken and, when you show them the pics you shot at the back of the camera, they ALWAYS tell you which ones to delete, and which one to keep :) – One of my favorite portraits EVER: Spiros, the GREAT: as I told him, GREAT F***IN JUMPER: keep spreadin’ the love, and follow us on Facebook!
a couple of forgotten films
finally got round to developing some left-over black and white films. It took me a while to remember how to use chemicals, but I got there. Hopefully there’ll be some new films soon. Sprocket Rocket: Rolleiflex: and some 35mm, show with the Nikon F3:
Back to black and white
The little Ricoh GR renders such beautiful colors, that for a long while I stopped producing black and white images, but I felt it was time I got back on the wagon. The GR preview mode has a very nice black and white setting (via effects) to help you set up your frames with b&w in mind. Also, it’s the first digital camera I’ve owned (with RAW capability) offering a 1:1 photo ratio which produces a square raw file. Finally, I can set up 1:1 photos directly from the camera’s viewer (something you could do for years on your phone, but for some reason not on professional DSLRs…). Excuse the kitty spam, but little Mingus is the latest addition to our family and he’s been getting a lot of attention. With his pitch black fur, this little menace will test any camera’s shadows to the limits :) Here’s three 1:1 crops, straight from the camera: plus the kitties: finally, some extra, random, kitties :)
Long overdue post
I apologize in advance for the long post, but that’s what happens when you never find the time. It’s been a very busy and difficult time. Things have been tough all around Greece, dealing with a double crisis, and on our small island, most of us have been busy, ceaselessly tending to our work while simultaneously trying to help out with the refugees who keep passing through. There hasn’t been much time for anything else, but when you always carry a camera with you, you’re bound to get at least some decent shots. Here are some:   Here are a couple of extremely belated shots of our American friend, Tevon. I managed to snap them during one of the very few moments of relaxation he enjoyed while volunteering in Leros: here’s a couple of shots of a stray cat hanging around a car mechanic’s shop: this one was shot at dawn with a 80-200 tele lens. It instantly reminded me of the Feersum Endjinn cover (even though mine is a crow), and of how much Iain Banks will be missed: a couple of shot of Yorgos and Eleni: Little Nastia drawing and smiling: Orestis, with Tsipras on the background: a panoramic […]
The PIKPA building
The PIKPA project in Leros was made possible by the coordinated efforts of Matina Katsiveli and the members of the Leros Solidarity Network, with significant contributions by organizations and individuals who chose to invest their money in a project aimed at safeguarding the refugees’ basic human rights, treating them with respect and making sure that their stay on the island of Leros is as safe, humane and even pleasant as possible. As a collective, we have been opposed to the implementation of the so called “hot spots” from the beginning. We are opposed to the inhumane conditions often encountered in “hot spots” globally, and we are opposed to any structure that basically translates into a detention camp, often escalating to a “concentration camp”, complete with barbed wire, guards and everything. Below, on the first photo, you can see the entrance to the PIKPA building, a small child strolling in and out, playing around and feeling RELAXED. There is no need for guards or anything like that. For anyone who has spent time in PIKPA this is easily evident. PIKPA hosts approximately 160 people, mostly belonging to vulnerable groups (older people, children, the sick). People go in and out peacefully, fully […]
Another day of solidarity
Only two days have passed after the events in Paris, and journalists have arrived on our small island by the dozens, looking for a story -some piece of information linking to the notorious “Syrian passport” found at the attack scene. It was strange to suddenly be bombarded with questions about the situation in Leros by so many people. Strange, because for us on the island, it was just another day. Another day that we were thinking about taking care of the people who arrived in the past two days, to feed them, make sure they have clothes, etc. At any one moment at the camp, and around the Port in Leros, there are a hundred different situations that need tending to. Today was no different. People from the port authority were busy tending to the latest arrivals, people from the Solidarity Network were distributing home cooked meals to people from yesterday’s arrival, with the help of local high school students who chose to spend their Sunday helping others. The same goes for the people of MSF and UNHCR and the rest of the volunteers on the island. Everyone went on with their tasks. What I mean to say is that […]
Syrian Refugee Crisis: A day at the camp
I live in Leros, one of the islands in Greece heavily affected by the Syrian Refugee crisis. I am also part of the Leros Solidarity Network (Facebook: lerossn) which, in coordination with a number of organizations (UNHCR, MSF, etc.) and a multitude of volunteers from all around the world, has been helping literally hundreds of people during their short stay on the island, before they continue on their long and difficult journey towards (most often) Northern Europe. For us on the island, the whole “refugee situation” as it is often referred to, has been an everyday reality for many months now. During all this time, and even though -compared to the volunteers- I don’t have the time to visit the Port Police and the Refugee Camp as often as I’d like because I have to work for most of the day, I had taken almost no photos. This may appear strange, especially for those who know me (I like to take pictures, a lot), but as we’ve often discussed with people on site, it basically feels strange taking photos of people when you’re in a situation where you could be doing more practical things to help, like actually handing out rations, blankets, sleeping bags […]
Some October shots
a small and perfect wasp factory: and some more Yoshimis:
Sunday breakfasts, summer fog inter alia
first some photos from a Sunday visit at the wonderful Archontiko Angelou, a place out of time and space: the fog (in the middle of the day, in the middle of the summer, in Leros): and, finally, the “alia”:  
  the latest addition to our family, Yoshimi: and some other black and whites: