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"life which is unexamined is not worth living" (Plato, Socrates' Apology) photo © T. Fenwick

 

Think in Pictures is written, edited and published by a photographer sociologist… or sociologist photographer: Christos Stavrou

I currently hold an ESRC interdisciplinary award from Lancaster University for sociological research in the area of photography.

This blog aspires to the ‘tradition’ established by Lee Friedlander, Gary Winogrand, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Josef Koudelka and other photographers documenting the ‘social landscape’.

Although I am currently working on my own projects, I will be very happy to discuss interesting academic, photographic, or artistic collaborations.

I am also available for photographic commissions in Leeds, North England or even around the world!.. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I often agree to donate my work.

Email: christos.stavrou@gmail.com

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As a personal project, this blog explores and documents my own love and interpretation of photography. For example, how it exists within a social context and in relation to issues of authority, power, war, conflict, identity, disability and dominant ideologies of what I call “rhetorical transparency”.

As a free online journal, this blog also aims to inspire and communicate issues about photography, arts and society in general.

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Leeds © Christos Stavrou

One of the central threads here reflects the cultural life of my city, Leeds: its afluence, its poverty, its rapid change and rhetorical image.

When I first arrived here, over 10 years ago, no one had much thought about coffee… You could enter a coffee-shop and ask what kind of coffees they offer,  and they would look surprised and say back to you: ‘black or white. Then, they will serve you a cup of burnt instant coffee liquid, always in an overflowing cup. (Quantity and warmth were the taken for granted essentials). Just in the last few years, though, some of these things have totally changed, such as the growing ‘cafe society’ (mainly promoted by big corporate chains and emerging middle-class lifestyles)… some others not. I’m wondering, how do you capture and how do you show all this in a photograph? 

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This blog is not interested to beautify reality or sell any commodities.

The language that I use is rather a hybrid combination of English with certain traces of Greek, which is my first language. It is typical of my personal identity and its changing nature. Thus, it might not always be grammatically perfect, but is the most authentic you can have.

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Did you ever wonder, whether Socrates would be eagerly blogging if he lived today?

I think yes.

“Someone will say: Yes, Socrates, but cannot you hold your tongue, and then you may go into a foreign city, and no one will interfere with you? Now I have great difficulty in making you understand my answer to this. For if I tell you that this would be a disobedience to a divine command, and therefore that I cannot hold my tongue, you will not believe that I am serious; and if I say again that the greatest good of man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living – that you are still less likely to believe.” [ Plato, Socrates’ Apology ]

 

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