INTERVIEW: ELINA TSOUTSIA (PHOTOGRAPHER)

FFO: IMAGES THAT CAPTURE BEAUTY IN THE NATURAL WORLD! FT PHOTOGRAPHS THAT CELEBRATE THE GREEK LANDSCAPE

 

Who are you and where are you currently based?

My name is Elina Tsoutsia. I am 23y/o based in Athens, Greece. I am self-taught in photography and I’m currently in the last year of my studies in the Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art.

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

 

How would you describe the photography and arts scene in Athens, Greece?

Athens arts scene is still in the early stages; although there are talented people that work because of their passion and they are making things blooming. Because there are rarely funds for the creative arts, people put their extra effort into turning something they have in mind into reality –  and they use DIY ways to achieve it more and more.

 

Did studying Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art lead you to develop an interest in Photography?

I used to take photos before I went to the university, but this course helped me to develop my overall aesthetics through the art classes.

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

 

What is your current photographic work about?

My work is a record of the daily lived experience. I take pictures of events and circumstances in my everyday life, documenting the landscapes and through taking photographs of the people I meet on my way.

 

What sort of photographer would you classify yourself as if you had to categorise yourself?

It is hard for me to categorize myself for now as I am at the stage of experimentations, but I am still trying to find my way with the images I create.

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

 

Is there any certain subject matter you prefer photographing? Is there anything in particular that draws your eye photographically?

I think nature and landscapes at the moment. Also, the human body and its forms is always an interesting subject matter for me.

 

What got you interested in photography and taking images?

My first contact with photography involved me using it to ‘remember things’ in my life. I didn’t care much about the aesthetic or the fine quality of the images, I just wanted to have a way to capture moments of my life and keep them with me. I wanted to keep my memory alive and vivid, and taking pictures of the moments helped me do this. As time passed I started developing an interest in photography as an art form too. Now, I try to combine these two aims in my photos.

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

Who are you inspired by?

I am moved by Ren Hang’s images. I saw an exhibition with his photos three years ago at Atopos CVC, in Athens and the feeling was so intense.

 

What in particular inspired you about Ren Hang’s work when you saw his images in an exhibition in Athens?

I felt like, despite the sometimes-disturbing images, they reflect a tender personality. I like pictures that talk to you.

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

 

Do you get inspiration from any other sources which may influence your work?

Lately, I like to observe how the everyday environment is attributed to movies and series I watch and I think that influences my shots.

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

 

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All images are taken by Elina Tsoutsia

 

What are your future aspirations?

I would like to keep working on and improving the way I frame images. Also, I would like to communicate my work more and make some prints.

 

What advice would you recommend to young photographers today?

Feel free to shoot and explore things. You don’t have to be a professional to express yourself.

 

YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH ELINA’S WORK VIA HER WEBSITE OR VIA HER INSTAGRAM

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