Agelis Tsotras Photography, Music & Design
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:
Easter 2015
Here are some photos from this Easter, which we spent with Jim and the lovely Stevenson family. Serious business: sticker face: ntagla: Judas, about to be burnt: Lakki: and, some black and whites: coffee in the sun:    
Leros street part 1
This post is the first part of an ongoing series, a collection of shots exploring the streets and people of Leros:    
Leros Carnival 2015
Here are some shots from this year’s (short and at times surreal) carnival celebrations on the island of Leros: epic dude:  
Short colour post
              and a couple of colour shots from the (often surreal) Leros carnival: this one’s definitely my next Xmas card: and, some toilet paper to wrap things up:        
Ricoh GR black and white test drive
this is my first test drive of the Ricoh GR as an all-around, walk-around, street-snapping black and white camera. ISO settings are set at Auto (100-800) and all images are converted in Lightroom, using customized VSCO plugins (mainly HP5, Tri-X and Neopan 400). My first impressions are very, very positive:   I predict some serious fun with this little camera!
Sunday Drive
in lovely, gloomy weather:                          
around Athens in Xmas
caught Santa off-duty: and some black & whites: