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Meeting Lukas Vasilikos

Lukas Vasilikos is a Greek photographer who creates great stories full of dynamism and emotions.
“I like to communicate with people and use them as actors, playing a performance just for me.”

Lukas Vasilikos

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Poland 6

What is for you street photography?

Street photography makes me feel free to find and catch the right moment.

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When did you start taking street pictures and why?

I started in 2007 after a trip to Barcelona, Spain. I don’t know why i started. I guess because I wanted to imitate Classic photographers.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

I cannot chose one single good photo of mine. I don’t even believe that one single photo can stand as a photo of value on its own. I think that a good photo needs a relevant framework, needs to be part of a project, part of a banch of images in order to create this kind of communication between the photographer and the viewer that I wish to achieve.

I almost agree with you. Let me show you two of your pictures that do stand as its own. Could you talk about them?

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This photo is taken in a ship, traveling from Athens to Heraklion, Crete. What I first saw was the young woman. The window creates an excellent frame. The beautiful woman staring at the sea could be a photo by itself. But what excites me more in photography is the creation of interesting stories. So I chose to tell a story about these three people, an elderly couple and a young woman. The contrast is between the dreamy environment of the exterior and the realistic, down to earth environment of the interior. His woman is sleeping but it seems like the man is having an exciting dream. Some details such as the binoculars and the Exit sign give a more dramatic tone to the shot.

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Poland 3

I believe that this photo doesn’t need explanation.

Any advice?

Shoot every single day.

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A book.

“Half Life” by Ackerman, “Last Resort” by Martin Parr, all published works by Anders Petersen and “Uncommon Places” by Stephen Shore.

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

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Lukas Vasilikos, a gallery on Flickr.