Jaguar Sun by Stefania Orfanidou

Stefania Orfanidou was born in Kavala, Greece, in 1989. She has studied contemporary photography at STEREOSIS School of Photography in Thessaloniki and has attended various workshops and seminars with renowned photographers. In October 2015 she completed and self-published in limited copies the photographic project JAGUAR SUN, a study over the personal perception of intimacy, influenced by Gaston Bachelard’s writings on phenomenology. Currently she lives and works in Athens, Greece.

“Back to my childhood. Lost memories. Forgotten habits. I enter into the room. In the depths of its serenity, imprints of life are scattered around. Signs of absence. Somewhere there a penetrating glance is looking at me. I see my feelings reflected into his eyes. My trace of thought is getting lost in the past. The scent of jasmine overwhelms my memory, when I used to plant flowers in the garden as a kid. My mother in the kitchen; trying to surprise me with new flavors. My eyes get distracted by an imperceptible swaying of the curtain. The light’s refraction on the folds of the fabric gives an ambiguous sense of the inside and the outside. It is dark now. The strange shadow on the wall creates the impression of mysterons. I’m dreaming again. Back to the present, a naked body. A loved one. Chasing the unattainable; probably long ago gone. The image is getting blurred. My memory deceives me. Outside the room, ordinary objects in unexpected places. Familiar faces. Traces of human activity. An unfinished building. L’origine du monde, of Gustave Courbet. And somewhere there, me, waiting for the jaguar sun.”