NASOS KARABELAS

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

NK: The kind of photography I’ve been dealing with is experimental black and white photography, and in particular “the possibilities of deformation of the human body”. I attempt to escape from what we traditionally know as photography and turn towards to other mediums of art such as painting. The alienated body and fuzzy features of the engravings of the matter reflects the ambiguous and unstable emotions and thoughts that constitute the subject of photography. One of the main features of my work is the frequent use of “long exposure” technique through which I try to explore, from a new point of view, my various subjects. Using the human figure as my main theme, I aim at creating new forms and giving a new meaning to them.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

NK: My inspiration comes from everywhere. Life, paintings, films, books, photographs.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?​

NK: It starts with a spark of an idea and I let myself feel free. It’s a new challenge for me and I really enjoy it. It has to do with the emptiness of my mind, my own personal trip to find out myself, my way to communicate with my internal self.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?​

​NK: The person who interacts with my art should do so without having in mind a particular meaning that I want to project. My art’s goal is to provide the receiver with the potential of discovering themselves in or through it, and then form their own assumptions. By exploring the forms inside the photographs, it gives them the opportunity to discover the various aspects of their psychosynthesis.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

NK: I don’t have any special lifestyle. I just have an ordinary life.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?​

​NK: Most times I have an idea in my mind and I start working with that alongside my intuition and the pulse of the moment.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

NK: Have patience.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?​

​NK: Your taste and style is your personal identity. It’s very important to explore yourself and develop your own language.​

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?​

​NK: Trying to express what’s inside me by understanding myself.

​CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?​

​NK: The freedom to express my imagination. ​

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?​

​NK: My biggest influences include the works of Man Ray and Francis Bacon.​

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

NK: Social media can help you a lot to promote your work. Also, digital tools can be very useful when you are creating.​

​CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?​

​NK: Each person has a different unique way of seeing the world. It doesn’t matter if you are an artist or not. It just has to do with their personal way of interpreting the world​.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

NK: I love traveling very much. My favorite city that I’ve been to is Paris.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

NK: One of my favorite books is The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

NK: I would love to devote more time to my photography and have some exhibitions in the future.

​CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

NK: A journey into freedom of expression. Trying to create artwork that will inspire others and allow them to create their own personal meaning.

​CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

NK: “Santorini” by Donny Benét

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?​

NK: A blend of my personal memories.

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