Vangelis Paterakis Shadows

published in: Exhibitions, Photography By Costas Voyatzis, 05 May 2008

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8 May - 8 June 2008 | workshop| Athens

When a musician performs impeccably a concert of Mozart or a fugue of Bach then he goes one step further searching for new rhythms. When a painter is able to reproduce with ease the beauty of nature on his canvas then he goes one step further searching for more complex images.
But what is the next step, for a photographer who has been capturing the architectural proportions and the designing peculiarities of the luxury hotels around Greece and the whole world?

Familiar bodies that ooze love, friendship and daily acquaintance are intertwined and captured by his lens. Their movement brings about a spontaneous love for life that annihilates the stillness of the image.
The shadows define the starting point and the infinity of the soul that each body carries.
Their spontaneity is spurt all around just to be captured and then freed on a metal plate. Aluminum, in its raw form, is the host for the grey and white tones as well as the other colors of his photographs.
The exhibition Shadows is Vagelis Paterakis small step from the art of precision towards the art of the senses.  Through his lens his creativity is conveyed to large metallic canvases.

The exhibition will be held from the 8th of May in workshop, Dionisis Sotovikis, Sorou str 22 in Marousi.


Vangelis Paterakis , workshop

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About Vangelis Paterakis

Vangelis Paterakis was born and brought up in Piraeus, Greece.  From the very beginning of his professional path he became a close collaborator of big advertising companies, editorial houses and magazines.  At an early date his photographs began getting published in numerous Greek magazines, including several covers. On the international front his work also began appearing in various printouts abroad such as the Wallpaper, the Architectural Digest, the Andrew  Martin-Interior Design Review and Recently on the cover of Taschens Interiors Now! Vol.1 and J.J Magazine.   
Paterakis’ photographs have also been figuring in the pages and covers of books of both Greek and Foreign publications. These books range from architectural guides to decoration as well as cook books.  His main professional activity revolves around photo shoots of hotel spaces in  Greece, on the mainland as well as on the islands. Some of these hotels are the Met Hotel, Costa Navarino, Life Gallery, Periscope, Vedema, Icons and Semiramis to name a few.  Abroad Vangelis has done work for hotels such as Hilton Worldwide and Aman Resorts. Nonetheless, Vangelis also extends his portfolio to photo shoots of Food and Travel.   

In the same way that Paterakis’ travels to Cuba and Japan became his source of inspiration and reason for his first personal painting in photography exhibition titled “Virtual World” in November 2006, the familiar images of people in motion portrayed in photographs taken then led him to his second personal photograph exhibition entitled “Shadows” in May 2008.  Besides his two personal exhibitions, in July 2007 Vangelis also participated in an ensemble exhibition on the island of Paros, purely focused on painting this time. Also, his work on images of foods entitled “fork D-tales” was presented at the Sani Resort hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece at the Annual Gastronomy Festival of May 2008 and in December 2008, he was chosen among several Greek photographers to participate in the exhibition “Spira” organized by Flocafe S.A Greece. In 2010 his last exhibition “Shadow life” was held at the Met Hotel in Thessaloniki.

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    James | 2008-05-06 00:49:26

    beautiful! ... and the new site layout looks great.

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    Diana | 2008-05-13 07:10:16

    His photography is amazing. I especially love the black and white shots.

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