Alexis Vasilikos (b. 1977) is an Athens-based Greek photographer and the co-editor of Phases Photography Magazine. His breathtaking work explores the presence of the sublime in everyday life and is an intimate contemplation on the nature of emptiness. Effortlessly, he creates images that do not impose themselves on the viewer but allow him/her to fill in the blanks.
KALTBLUT: How did you start photographing?
Alexis: It started when I was in high school and it hasn’t stop ever since, a friend introduced me to photography and after that I went to a couple of schools here in Athens and i studied photography, I had the good fortune of meeting some wonderful teachers along the way .
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your own style and the concepts in your work?
Alexis: I don’t know if I have a style that I would call my own, I’ve always felt an affinity with a sense of all-inclusiveness, maybe this is my style. I like to include apparently different qualities of imagery in the way i see and edit, but to be completely honest I have to say that I don’t feel that style is so important, because I don’t want to be original, I only want to be true to what I feel .
Regarding the concepts in my work, it’s not concepts that I try to communicate, it’s more a certain kind of energy that comes from the state of presence, in which concepts don’t matter so much, in this sense my practice of photography is close to the practice of meditation, because I use photography as a way to empty the mind not to fill it with ideas .
KALTBLUT: Where do you get inspiration from?
Alexis: My master Mooji is my greatest source of inspiration but if you are referring to the image-making, it comes from everywhere it’s not localized .
KALTBLUT: What would be your dream project?
Alexis: I don’t know, when I hear “dream project” I imagine that it should be something spectacular and I don’t have any spectacular ideas, actually I am happier when I have no projects at all, maybe this is my dream project, to get rid of the project ! …. :)
Of course there are some things that are unfolding naturally that I enjoy playing with, say for instance a book we are working on with Jerome Montagne and maybe a show, but these are micro-dreams , macro-dreams no … nothing comes up .
Interview by Emma E. K. Jones