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Creating, experimenting and evolving in a variety of themes, photographer Petros Koublis creates visual magic that will certainly catch your eye! Dark, ethereal and conceptual imagery captivated in an engaging manner and an overall inspiring atmosphere are the keys to his creative work. Today he talks to me about his work, his plans and his views on photography.

Hello Petro! Do you remember what intrigued your passion for photography?

I always had some kind of a creative impulse, combined with the instinct of a collector. A critical combination that motivated me to create more in order to collect more. Photography came as a wonderland, giving me the ability to exploit several parts of my personality. Photography has such an enchanting character. It’s both so strictly rational and so poetic. Like a somnambulist solving math problems; I try to describe that very first feeling I had back then, in the middle of an unknown street, following total strangers with my eyes wide open, without any reason at all. Without any other reason except from just being a viewer.

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Your projects focus in a variety of fields: fashion, music, dance, advertising. What is your fav theme?

I think it’s everything. It’s more a matter of aesthetics and proper cooperation. I’m a photographer and my purpose it to make images. Of course I always try to understand the special characteristics each field has, but as long as I’m able to find useful material I will enjoy every challenge, ensuring I will be satisfied with my work by the end of the day. Variety could be refreshing. The more creative freedom the better but the truth is that’s something beyond certain fields.


Can you give us a brief description of a photo shooting session? What is important?

Everything. I see a photo session as a performance; it involves improvisation, but a clear strategy, concerning the way I’ll approach my subject, is significant. So, as location and light are so much vital to my imagery, I always make a satisfying research before every session. Then I’m able to perform, placing my lights, framing and directing the model as I already  had in mind, calmly allowing coincidence to reveal itself but without necessarily hanging on it.  The most important thing of all it’s the persons I cooperate with. I permanently work with another photographer, Vassiliki Svolou, and this cooperation allowed me to concentrate better on my special interests.

Concerning your personal projects … What inspires you, what are you trying to convey through your photos?

It’s more like a personal dialogue. Only less profound than it sounds. I’m speaking with myself but then again not necessarily about my self. There are many possible subjects for someone to speak about. When I notice that some people show interest in overhearing my personal dialogues, it’s really wonderful. Even though they won’t be able to fully understand the conversation once I’m speaking too low. So I only manage to convey misunderstandings through my personal work, just like when someone thinks he overhears an allegory when I’m actually only whistling carefree. 
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Who is your fav photographer and why?

The works of Saran Moon and Paolo Roversi are certainly the most influential to me. There is Bill Brand and many others as well. But with Moon and Roversi I managed to discover how a connection between conjectural and professional photography could be possible. And the way they manage to expand their personal style from the absolute technical part to the final print is something that fully expresses my very own personal vision.


Are you working on something right now and if yes, would you like to share?

There’s always something new. It involves a lot of experimenting after all. Once I try to take advantage of the whole palette of possibilities photography offers (from light to editing) there is always ground for new ideas and applications. For the moment I develop a way to refresh my style in terms of atmosphere and texture and so far I’m thrilled with the results. More to come.
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Have you had any funny/strange incidents during a photo shoot?

Probably yes. But then again it’s hard to tell if there’s anything worth sharing. Things go strange and incidents happen rather often, but during a photo shoot these are more of a headache, so it’s more like a forgiven - forgotten situation. Certainly not the right time to appreciate the possible narrative value they could have.

Last but not least, where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?


The last ten years I managed to travel all the way from strictly art directed photography to more professional fields, like fashion. I focused on how to expand my perspective and acquire a creative flexibility without losing touch with the very first reasons I had when I started my journey into photography. In ten years from now I hope I’ll establish a satisfying relationship with the industry but I’d also like to find myself in a place where those primitive reasons will remain alive.

Thank you Petro for your time and participation!

Thank you Aphrodite, it really was a pleasure.


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 I’ve “met” with Michael Meimaroglou online some years ago and I was very inspired by his creative multitasking. As the publishing manager and creative director of the Urban Style Mag team he discovers and presents fresh talent in the field of music, film, visual arts and street culture but he always finds time for his own art and music projects as well.

Publisher, Art Director, Photographer, which of the three wins your attention the most and why?

That’s a difficult question… I think that each one of the three "choices" has different reasons to win my attention. So the combination of these responsibilities is the key...

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How did the Urban Style Mag start and what is it’s main target?

It started on September of 2007 in Kavala, Greece with some friends that liked the idea of making a free press magazine. Well…the main target…a youth art friendly magazine with a very personal writing style. UrbanStyleMag is a work of amateur volunteers that love expression and arts. Nobody was a professional writer or designer. Now many things have improved and we can see our target more clearly and more “professional”.

Do you believe that urban culture is gaining ground during the last years and why?

Yea that’s a fact. As the cities becomes bigger the urban culture gains more ground.. I believe that the true urban culture or the true urban way of living is still underground.  We are living in a digital world with a mass of advertisements and information…so the answer is behind of all these things.
Music and art. We want you to share your favs!

Long list! Music… I make my mood with some of trip hop, post rock, darkwave, funk, jazz, soul, break beats, garage, indie, electronica…some fav artists Beastie boys, Dj Shadow, Massive Attack, Portishead, Thievery Corporation, Amon Tobin, Prodigy, Moby, Radiohead, Archive, Stereo Nova, The Cure, The Smiths, Depech Mode, The Sound, Kraftwerk, Miles Davis and more.


Arts: Photography, Street Art, Digital Art…Seth Siro Anton, Banksy, Yakuza crew, Ansel Adams, Pierre-Louise Pierson, Dave Anderson  and many more!
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What about internet culture and alternative means of information? Give us food for thought.

Internet culture is in my blood! Social networking, Blogging, Online news, skyping and all that internet trash! I love it.  Internet is a great invention and the best way of finding the Information you want in the right time.  

What should be expect from Urban Style Mag in the future? Any surprises ahead?

More printings, more people and more artists? Maybe…
J  Surprises? Mmm the international version of UrbanStyleMag?  
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Describe yourself or your current mood using one link.

Kruder & Dorfmeister
remix of Depech Mode - Useless
Thank you very much for the interview invitation…Keep up the good work! All my best!

From Amsterdam, 


Michael Meimaroglou
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Stamatis Laskos is a young emerging and very promising artist from Greece. Currently working as a freelancer he undertakes commissions ranging from small paintings to huge scale murals. This week he shares his inspirations, opinions and experiences and has also dedicated a super cool sketch to Eye Candies!

Hello Stamati, give us a brief description of your artistic background

Hi Eye Candies. My name is Stamatis Laskos. I’ve been painting since I was a little kid cause it’s something I always liked. During the period 2002-2007 I studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts with my dissertation subject being “Contemporary Saints”.


For two years now I have taken my job “street side” or street art if you like. My nickname (a.k.a tag) is Sive. My work subjects are various, however for a long period of time I got involved in religious matters, trying to travesty all kind of dogmas. My inner conviction that God is something above religions was trying to find a way of expression through my drawings. Nowadays, my favourite theme is communication and everyday life. I work as a freelancer, painting from tiny canvases to massive scale murals.
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What are your views on street art? And do you think that Athens city has evolved in this field?

As a term, “street art” is a strange one and it refers to a hybrid that starts from the fringes of graffiti and ends to its most developed form. That is to say murals that decorate factory stockyards, galleries, parks even first and second class restaurants in Kolonaki.

As far as “street” is concerned it’s an easily accessible way of self expression, for anyone that comes across it, even for those that don’t have the chance to visit an art gallery. This is the main reason I got so much involved in “street art”.


In Athens, there has been some progress in “street art’ going through the middle 90’s to the academic artistic activity. However, it can’t be compared to the progress that has been made in other countries abroad.
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Is music an inspiration for you? If yes, what are you tastes?

Most of the times I paint and listen to music at the same time. It’s a great inspiration to me for sure. My music tastes are not specific but they vary depending on my mood. However my favourite music groups are Radiohead, FF.C, and I also dig traditional Indian music a lot.
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Have you ever been involved in a “weird” incident while painting in public?


Haha, nice question! In the past I’ve been involved in “weird” incidents, meaning that I had to leave my graffiti works unfinished and start running!!! However I’ve never been arrested :)

Can you give us a sneak peak of your top 5 art sites?

1. www.woostercollective.com

2. www.ekosystem.org
3. www.behance.net
4. www.graffiti.org
5. www.lost.art.br
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What in your opinion are the main attributes an artist should have in order to succeed in his/hers creative pursues?

As far as painting is concerned the basic elements in my opinion are: a good basis on drawing, fair enough knowledge on the history of arts but also to keep in touch with the contemporary developments. Also, an artist should have a personal, unique style so as to create his own identity and his messages must be readable. At last the most important of all is INSPIRATION.

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Would it be too much to
ask for a quick sketch
dedicated to EyeCandies?

And last but not least … please give us a preview of your future plans and projects.

For the time being, I take part in various exhibitions(mainly in Athens) and at the same time I paint murals on buildings both on internal and external spaces. I also participate in graffiti festivals and of course I continue practicing graffiti with my friends. For the upcoming year my main goal is to make my own artwork exhibition as an individual artist.

You can find my work @:
www.behance.net/siveone
www.myspace.com/siveone2
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Dora Haralambaki
is the co-owner of Craftit, an arts and crafts workshop community focusing in creative interaction! She is also a jewelry designer and today she shares her views with the EyeCandies Blog!


Here's what she told me:

Dora how did you start with jewelry design?

I adore to wear jewels and i couldn’t stop my creativity....

What are your favorite materials and techniques?

I like alternative materials very much, such as paper, fabric, clay and it interests me to mix them all! 
Talk to us about the Craftit community! How did it all begin and what are your future plans?

First of all Craftit is a place to exchange ideas. At craftit all seminars regardless of direction and material, aim to target the autonomy of personal artistic expression.

It all began by OUR need (Hara Karamichali is my partner) for a new, modern, alternative space for meeting and expression.
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Through Craftit you get in touch with people seeking to express their creativity. How important do you think this is and in what way does Craftit interact with its members?

Expression is our aim.
Craftit is a place which allows all age groups to intermix and create. To be able to present their crafts and exchange opinions with group members in order to progress through the path of art culture.

Imagination and creativity bringing to effect inspiration and action. Using our hands through art and technical skills creating color and desing.

Our contemporary Art style encourages the exchange of ideas through constant updates. The exhibition presentation, suggestions from artist’s work and discovering historic techniques, which will lead to inspirational discussions.

Who are your favorite jewelry designers and why? Can you share your top 3?

Nora Fok, Yoko Izawa, Tanvi Kant.

All 3 are women artists with very sensitive and alternative works.

Forms, colors and concept are matching to a special effect!

What about your favorite crafty blogs? Give us a sneak peak of your blogroll!

A few pretty things

Amybuttler
Alashop
EyeCandies 
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What was the last art / craft exhibition you visited? Tell us your impressions.

The last presentation in Whitebox was vivid and interesting!

Any future plans you’d like to share with us?

From Monday the 8th of February and for 10 days Craftit will exhibit works in Harma Gallery (Plaka, Athens): trash art jewels! We are waiting for you ...
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