Q & A
How would you describe your artistic style? Do you follow a set of rules when you create?
I am quite eclectic and experimental in my photography. I don’t believe in formulaic and derivative approaches to creating art. I try to cultivate my counterintuitive and outlier impulses in everything I do by getting into my discomfort zone and trying to make uncommon sense of what inspires me to create without being bound by rules or movements in photography. For me, art involves a „non-zero-sum psychology“ and a multi-sensory experience between the artist and the viewer. I try to imprint a part of me in every image and capture a „felt aesthetic“ – the feeling of being immersed in something intellectually and imaginatively beautiful – in my photography.
Any photographers / artists / humans you particularly admire?
There are several photographers that I admire, but it is the painters, cinematographers and the writers of literature that have inspired and informed me the most. As artists, we pay homage to the past, shape the zeitgeist of the present, and spark the fires of imagination for a greater tomorrow. It is a humbling privilege to be both the „mirror“ and the „reflection“ at the same time as artists.
What inspires you to create?
The pursuance of an exquisite enlightenment with the practice of an insightful imagination. Reality is negotiable for the artist, so I believe in self-inspiration and self-satisfaction as the foremost imperative to the creation of my art.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers / artists / humans?
To consider art photography as a value and not a goal and that human excellence has no boundaries.
Where do you currently live and work?
I am a true cosmopolitan, like my namesake, but I live and breathe in the great city of Toronto.
What did you study – and how I got into your art form?
You can say that have been an artist and student of art since I was a child. I am a self-taught photographer but I am also an educator and author in both Photography and the Behaviour Sciences. I consider it an honour to be able to present and teach about both disciplines and throughout the world. For me, one’s psychology is intimately and inseparably intertwined with their photography.
Please finish these sentences:
I can’t live without… Laughter, music, coffee, photography, a good book and, most importantly, the people in my life that make me smile more than once a day.
My greatest inspiration in the world is…when I am sitting in a beach-front taverna on a Greek Island and I watch the world unfurl before me like a watching a film about my life and its promises.
I will never forget…Beyond the personal, indelible gifts of family and friends, I will never forget the 30 horses coming up to me in picturesque Iceland, the sand storm and architecture in futuristic Dubai and the way Europe as a whole makes me feel when I am there.
I am a mid-career, multiple international award-winning artist (IPA, PX3, FAPA, MIFA, TIFA, SIPA, ND Awards, Exposure Awards, Monochrome Awards) who specializes in both black and white and color fine art photography. My images have been published and featured in international galleries (Athens, Dubai, Toronto, Paris, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Vancouver) publications, interviews, promotions, art books and film.