Antonis Damolis (born 1980) is a street photographer from Greece currently living in Heraklion on the island of Crete. He’s self-taught when it comes to photography.
In this interview Antonis Damolis tells why French philosopher Albert Camus comes to his mind when taking a picture and why he admires the work of William Eggleston.
There’s another feature on this site about Antonis Damolis (“Soulful Street Photography“) in which he talks about seizing the decisive moment and answers the question if photography has made him a better man.
“I don’t have any statement yet.
I just hope that when people watch my photos, they understand a little bit more about themselves and about myself.”
“Artist Profile” – Antonis Damolis
Antonis, why did you become a photographer? And why street photography?
Well, I was inspired by my friend Raluca Boboc originally, who had been shooting photos in her various trips. All this in 2007.
I bought my first camera in 2009 and started shooting in the street because it was the most common place and didn’t necessitate any kind of extreme equipment.
What does photography mean to you?
It is one of the very best things that has happened to me, during a rough period of my life.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
A project has to be saying things about life. Mine, and if it succeeds, the viewer’s, too.
I like the philosopher Albert Camus.
I was reading his books when I was a teenager and I often find his thoughts circling my mind when I look at my photos and try to select which ones are good.
Now the language? I don’t know what to say about this.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
William Eggleston. I think he is the best thing that has happened to photography since it was invented.
The reason can probably be found also in my highschool years, when I was reading the beatniks (Burroughs, Kerouac). I think Eggleston is a beatnik, too.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
There was that quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson about the eye, the heart and the mind being aligned when you shoot a photo. I like that one and I want to add that the same thing applies to the viewing of photos of others.
What’s in your bag when you leave the house to shoot street photography?
The camera, nothing else. I used to have a flash on a cable too but I got bored with it.
What’s your favorite website about street photography?
American Suburb X. For every kind of photography!
What book about photography would you recommend?
These would be a good start.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with street photography?
To have fun while doing it. I think it’s the key to produce images that will satisfy their soul.