Photographing little protests.

BLAck And White Film photography

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Untitled, Maria Paraschidou, f2.8, A60, RETRO 400, Bristol, 2019.

After developing my first two films I realized the importance of the developing procedure. Every picture you frame, despite the original picture on the roll of the film, can be developed in different intensity of sades and double exposures.

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Replica of Untitled I, underexposed in the development procedure, Retro 400, Maria Paraschidou, Bristol, 2019.

 

As I can not consider myself a photographer, I approached photography from a more “artistic” angle. What interests me in the pictures I shot-develop is not only the perfect outcome of what I saw on the day of capturing.  After every shot, I almost entirely forget what my “canvas” was, and during the development of the film in order to become images, I focus more on the shades and shapes rather than clarity and the original image.

I almost understand photography as painting.  I can choose where the eye should focus even if it is not the most worth noticing part of the artwork.

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Untitled, Maria Paraschidou, f.8, A.125, Cardiff, 2020.

Observation is the first most important factor in my practice.  I notice every little detail of marginalized objects in the streets. That is what I photograph in black and white. Abandonment, marginalization, little artistic protest of random and everyday people, forgotten sites and used garbage. This is our society.

Through that, I am trying to understand and expose the simplicity into art-making.  All these “non-art” artistic and creative little scenes that are found everywhere in every city and town represent the hidden and shy little protests that people are in need of making.

Even if Cardiff is a very westernized city that tries to become aseptic, it is with little success.

Beauty in Dirt and reality are what interests me.

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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020
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Maria Paraschidou, RETRO 400, Cardiff, 2020

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