Greece: In the Same Space - In Progress
My grandfather, Andreas Vourloumis, a Greek painter (1910-1999) mainly studied daily life in Athens in watercolor, which was his favourite medium. When he passed away in 1999, my family found hundreds of sketchbooks in drawers in his home. My pappou (Greek for grandfather) was part of the dynamic 1930’s generation of Greek artists. A chemist by training, he devoted himself to art, abandoning his scientific career. He was self-taught and his art was driven by everyday life in the city.
In the Same Space, is titled after the poem of Constanine P. Cavafy. I dedicate this poem to my pappou and his creative process and the connection I feel to him as I photograph Greece, through his own artistic vision. I begun this project on the New Yorker Photo instagram feed and will continue to engage in a photographic dialogue with his sketches and paintings of Greece. He never knew I became a photographer nor how his work influenced my own. This is dedicated to him and his love for his country.