In one of the most beautiful locations of Chios, at Citrus courtyard at the heart of the famous Kampos the presentation of the new book of Stratis Vogiatzis ‘Inner World’ took place. It took stratis 2,5 years to complete his project. ‘Inner World’ contains 54 images of inner spaces at the mastic villages of Chios. The material includes abandon houses and living houses that demonstrate with the most emphatic way the way the people used to live many years ago.
‘Stratis pays a visit and photographs estates, everyday houses, cellars, storage rooms, grocery shops, barbers shops and local cafes. He uses his talent, his sensitivity to administer the light, the shadows, the wind, the colours, the smells, the tastes of his homeland. We are weighed down by our possessions”, says the poet. The pursuit of modern values, consumerism and personal development in order to achieve happiness has isolated us from everything that is reflected in Stratis’ photos. Tranquility, simplicity, humbleness, no bragging or arrogance, emerge from Stratis’ photographic world, thus conveying to us a message which is crystal clear’. Giorgos Pittas
‘Captivated by the holiness of the place with its vaults and arches, it gave me the feeling that I was inside a temple, taking part in a strange ritual, a kind of photographic blessing within an enchanting atmosphere. I did no more than to let the place work on me and that took time. I would often stay for hours inside a room not really knowing what I wanted to do there. I had the feeling that although the places I was photographing were real, they were also imaginary, dampened by the air and the stories of the people who lived there and at the same moment “christened” through my personal life and experiences. Whichever object was in the room, I felt that it was at the same time real and symbolic. Taking photos was turning into a meditation, a plunge into a melting pot from which I, myself, would never get out of. More often than not, I would return to the houses even if I thought I had all the material I wanted. The result was always more real, more substantial’. Stratis Vogiatzis
More than 300 hundred people attended the presentation in which the main speakers were Dimos Avdeliodis-director, Yannis Koliaros- teacher, writer, Maria Xyda, architect and Yannis Drenoyannis, Director of the publications, ETHNOS newspaper. At the beginning of the presentation the video ‘Inside the Inner World’ was screened.