Photography has changed tremendously over the years, with people showing more interest in the art, especially in this digital age. Today, amateur photographers try their hand at taking thousands of photos without having to invest exorbitant amounts of money toward film and costly development thereof, thanks to digital photography equipment. This enables them to point and shoot without concern, and allows them to develop only their best pictures.
While many may excel in this hobby, there still remain many differences between the amateur and professional photographers, who along with their passion for photography, have the best equipment and a keen eye for capturing the essence of the moment. The photo that results has everything to do with the photographer's skill and equipment, and all the control, including the lighting, the processing, the subject, and so much more, that makes the amateur stand apart from the professional.
George Georgiou, an award-winning photographer, is one fine example of a renowned artist, famous for his photographs that focus on communities that must deal with culture differences, especially in eastern Europe. He has worked in Greece, the Balkans, and Turkey, and his photos demonstrate the lines and lives of people that are divided, such as through religion, secularism, tradition, and the like. For instance, one of his works demonstrates uniformed children trekking over a rocky hill to get to school.
Ishak Pasa Palace, 2007
His early works were mostly in black-and-white, but over the last few years, since his "Fault Lines" series of Turkey, he has moved on to color, although he aims at photographing more in fall or spring, where the skies are generally darker and are void of bright blue skies. Many portray the different people in their everyday lives, who walk about casually, as he captures their expressions and their attire, which are indicative of their beliefs and lifestyles. Others clearly display the changes of modern life, with the main subjects being apartment buildings that have sprouted among baron landscapes, that demonstrate the struggles the people of Turkey face with development, and the process of urbanization.
George Georgiou is also known for some disturbing, yet very artistic images of psychiatric patients in Kosovo and Serbia, that are clearly indicative of the serious ethnic tensions and violence that escalated into the Kosovo War in 1999. For example, his images captured the agony and pain of those confined behind the doors of the psychiatric hospitals, including those who had physical disabilities rather than mental ones, and who obviously didn't belong there.
Konya, New Business, 2007
His freelance work began after graduating from the Polytechnic College of Central London. His works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions, and his "Fault Lines" series has led to a book, as well. His latest project of five years focuses on the Ukraine and Georgia, and how they share their space, all the while having to deal with Russia's continuous involvement.
What makes George Georgiou different from his counterparts is exceptional talent to photograph these important issues that tell a story, often of desolation or struggle, in a light that is true to that story.
Disclaimer: All the images are taken by the photographer mentioned in the article.