Alexis Vasilikos (born 1977) is a contemporary photographer from Greece currently living in Athens. He studied photography in various occasions, the last studies he did were at “Focus” which is a private school in Athens.
For Alexis Vasilikos photography has no particular meaning – it’s just reflecting everyday life as it unfolds.
There’s another interview with Alexis Vasilikos on this site where he talks about his approach of photography and explains why he believes that it’s not so important what you see on a picture but that it’s rather the ability to transcend visual world that makes photography so fascinating.
It’s through photography that one gains an understanding of the transient nature of life, Alexis Vasilikos says.
“Just look without naming or labeling – let your seeing be free from conceptualization.”
“Artist Profile” – Alexis Vasilikos
Alexis, why did you become a photographer?
I had an inclination to poverty! (laughs) I don’t know why it just played out like this. I enjoyed it and I still do. I don’t have a very strong identity as “a photographer”. I tend to take lightly any kind of self definitions maybe because I don’t feel it’s necessary to define oneself. I’m quite comfortable in the land of nobody.
What does photography mean to you?
It is a play. Photographs and images in general are my toys. I enjoy playing with them. I wouldn’t attribute any fixed meaning to it. Sometimes I think of it as a tool for exploring the various forms of life around me. Many times I don’t think about it at all, it just happens.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
“The greater context of human existence as I see it.”
It feels like a form of improvisation, a spontaneous response to what is arising in each moment. Technically I don’t carry a lot of luggage. I learn as I go.
Conceptually my work is not about something in particular. It is reflecting my everyday life as it unfolds, but if I had to make something up I would say it’s about what is between the visible and the invisible. That something which has a story and that which is timeless, because this is the greater context of human existence as I see it.
Ultimately it all comes back to this fundamental truth: there is no how, it is a great mystery. There are bits and pieces of things we think we know, but this knowing itself we don’t know how it happens. It simply arises in the great unknown, it’s amazing!
Which photographer has inspired you most?
My first teacher and friend Achiles Nasios has inspired me the most, and this is because apart from the fact that he introduced me to contemporary photography and guided me in a very gentle way for many years.
He instilled in me an understanding about the inner function of art which is still alive in me and that is that the inner function of art is spiritual. It is there to remind and help us realize who we are and to refine the consciousness not merely to entertain our minds.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
Don’t just be a good photographer, be who you are.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
There are many good websites. I don’t have a favorite one.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
Now I’m using a DSLR but I think I’ll go back to something lighter, it’s too heavy to carry.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
Ιf it is your heart’s desire it will happen without effort.
If it doesn’t happen without effort don’t force it.
If you force it don’t make a big deal out of it.
If you make a big deal out of it forget about it!