Please introduce yourself
Hi, my name is Spiros Loukopoulos, born and raised in Greece and currently living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m 32 years old and I love taking pictures. I have studied Civil Engineering but never actually worked on that field. My passion was always painting and sketching with any kind of materials on any kind of surface till I discovered photography.
What made you start with photography?
After many years of dealing/practicing painting using coal, oils, acrylics, spays etc., photography came naturally. Photography is what helps me understand what’s around me and capture moments. I suppose, it’s my way to express myself.
Why do you take pictures (and why street photography)?
I really enjoy it. Photography gave me that feeling of how and for which purpose I want to live the rest of my life. A photographer life.
Please describe the way you shoot, do you follow a specific approach or is it more spontaneous
I don’t follow any specific pattern or method. Usually, I’m just biking and walking a lot. Shooting everything I want to have “mine” forever.
How often do you take pictures?
I can say very often. I have my camera with me almost at all times and I say almost because of my job. One thing I do, is to go for a photowalks usually alone 1 or 2 times a week that lasts for several hours.
Do you shoot analog or digital. Does this make any difference to you?
I have tried both and I ended up to the digital, but I frequently use an old polaroid camera. There are defiantly differences. The bulk of the camera along with the film rolls made me take the digital path. Recently I started using a medium format though, just for the fun of it and to see something different.
What’s your editing process and how important is it for you?
I give time to the picture. Time is the most important thing you can actually give to photography and photography will give back to you. It will take several months occasionally to edit my pictures after the date I had shoot them. This is one of the biggest advantages of analog photography, time.
Usually when I come back home after a photowalk for example, I erase the ones that don’t speak to me at all, and I will keep the ones with “potentials” but without being sure about it most of the times. It comes a moment, that I feel ready to sit in front of the computer and have a look of them, maybe weeks or months later, to a more specific sorting and deleting according to my needs (inner needs in away). I keep most of the times the ones that “speaks” to me and make me “feel”.
What gives you inspiration when you don’t have it (if this ever happened to you)?
When this is happening and I’m actually at that point now, that’s because I don’t have much spare time, I try not to think about it, because its totally normal to be a bit off the grid, you need to refresh yourself and reconsider many thoughts and feelings. To keep myself on track though, I will start reading a book , maybe some painting or watch an old classic movie, whatever requires less time but will give me a new push on my work.
I will say only 3 names because the list of my favorites will be endless. Josef Koudelka, Robert Frank, Nikos Economopoulos
We think social media have a huge impact on people lifes so would you still take pictures if social media didn’t exist?
Of course I believe people would have keep taking pictures, they always did, so do I. The difference now is that all of us can see them. I believe the access to smartphones created this break out at social media photography. For me, social media is the new way of communicate my work and not something other than that.
Do you have any specific project going on which you’d like to share
No I don’t have any ongoing project at the moment. I actually don’t believe in projects, at least for now. Ithink that projects don’t give me enough freedom. (I know that many say the opposite and a project keeps you focused) Its not necessary to have a project to be focused and committed to something. Commitment and goals are in our heads, we only have to find them.
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