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alexander stefanatos

Premium (World), thessaloniki

Zona intima

Every big city has its "zona intima". A quarter known by everybody but not frequented by everybody. Free of borders to common traffic but signed for trespassing by tradition or prejuduce.Free of constitutional laws but cautiously fortified by inhibitions of social conformity. Such a quarter may, at daytime, attract curiosity and interest and at night invite for strolls of "ethical ambiguity" as described by our most moderate and benevolent criticism.
And yet, quite often,these sites are also very alive, buzzing with noisy and colorful groups of individuals, especially youngsters, with no harmful whatsoever intentions, simply looking for a cosy, friendly and welcome place to house a diverse from others mentality, a possibly strange behaviour, a way of thinking and acting pressured by necessities and problems and often an entirely different culture.
Especially in our awkward times, that our cities are flooded with refugees, it is very common to see poor and unfortunate creatures to seek or even create such places in order to acommodate a miserable and persecuted "self". It is certainly a major problem that has to be examined and solved by cooperation, mutual consent but mainly open mind and away from any prejuduce of racism.

Comments 17

  • Tadeusz Roguski 05/11/2015 22:03

    super collection.
  • LadyNoone 09/10/2015 21:08

    This last series of street pictures is very interesting and creative :)
  • Tadeusz Roguski 08/10/2015 0:51

    sometimes after shut doors, there are empty rooms.
  • Christos Banos 05/10/2015 17:04

    Alexander, the whole series of this your work is very good and well done that you touched on a sensitive issue with such a nice way!
    Good job!
    geia sou, Christos
  • Francis Vanderveken 04/10/2015 21:35

    Félicitations Alexander pour cette magnifique série.
    Bravo pour ton ouverture d'esprit!
  • Inez Correia Marques 04/10/2015 20:49

    very well sais Alexander!! super collection of photos of this Zona intima!
  • SINA 04/10/2015 12:34

    eine interssante Bilderserie zeigst Du hier Alexander
    und wie immer aussserordentlich gut
    Welches Thema auch immer Du anvisierst mit der Kamera
    es gelingt Dir zu transportieren was geschieht
    welche Stimmungen dort sind
    gepaart mit der Umgebung
    und immer ausdrucksstark gezeigt
    aus der Entfernung ,
    ohne den Menschen zu nahe zu kommen..
    hab einen schönen Sonntag Alex
    herzliche Grüße von mir Kristine
  • Sillon 04/10/2015 8:26

    A superb scene Alexander !! Super BW and colors !! Jérôme
  • Mirjam Burer 03/10/2015 19:56

    there is a need for communication..support..comfort...and I like the image very much Alexander...
    As for the refugees....if only everybody could try to place themselves in their situation...people would become more understanding and help...
  • adriana lissandrini 02/10/2015 21:18

    Alexander've done a great dissertation, I very much agree with your point of view, and you made a great photo, alive, very especially descriptive of a meeting between young people, I have photographed something similar recently in Padua, in the Veneto. so in all big cities, a strong need often quiet, sometimes degenerates
    The picture is excellent
    caro saluto, Adriana
  • Dinu Filipescu 02/10/2015 13:19

    great image indeed, with a skilful management of colours and B&W.
  • alexander stefanatos 02/10/2015 9:48

    That was a piece of Art in that place,Rob, and I thought of highlighting it with colour just to remind that where there is place for Art there is also place for hope and improvement...Otherwise, I am of your opinion, I could have ommitted it.
  • Harold Thompson 02/10/2015 9:46

    A scene seen in many countries
    :-)) Harold
  • Sue Thompson 02/10/2015 8:28

    I have seldom encountered such places, but then I do not live in a city, and to the best of my knowledge we have not had refugees/migrants from the middle east come here ... yet. It is a terrible state of affairs, all of those people, many of them the elderly , woman and children... A solution has to be found... but how... where will they all end up.........

    A superb scene and the colour adds much imhp :)))

  • Vitória Castelo Santos 01/10/2015 22:13

    I don`t like see people sitting on the dirt floor !!
    Best regards


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Focus length 46.0 mm
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