Photography / Graphic Design

Bitter Life

“A town loved with bitter love” 
– Anna Akhmatova

 

An ongoing project documenting the bitter orange trees of Athens. Trees that bloom and grow fruits every year. Fruits that grow just to fall off the branches and stay there to rot in time. You have been given these earthly gifts just like you have been given your life. Life is short and sometimes bitter, but it is the only true thing you got. Don’t be one of these small round balls in vivid colour that are born to die. Don’t wait for things to just happen, roll to find your way and never be still.

 
 

When life gives you bitter oranges…


What started merely as a simple observation of an urban curiosity soon evolved to a contemplation on life’s fundamental questions. A nonstop inner dialogue - shaped in the form of a notebook, where collected thoughts match emotions deriving from each picture. Literature has always been the most constant thing in my life and as such it has defined me in many ways. It is my oldest love and along with photography -my new love- and graphic design -something I can’t get rid of and truthfully don’t want to- all three combined effortlessly to make this project come to life.

It is a project documenting the greater region of Athens’ centre where bitter orange trees thrive by the sidewalks. For most people these trees are related to spring, because in this time of the year start to bloom and the scent of their flowers is something words cannot describe. These trees are literally everywhere. They are resistant to cold, to air pollution, they require very little water and can stand the heat of the summer. They produce a ridiculous large amount of fruits that just fall on the ground and stay there to rot in time. This waste of life was the spark that got me here today writing these lines.

“Bitter Life” despite of its title is not bitter. A friend of mine told me that when her son saw the book asked her whether I have been depressed (laughter…). It deals with fears and sorrows and the continuous effort of being alive. It is above all an ode to life and a reminder of not taking it for granted. It all sums up to the main spread of the book and the quote of Samuel Beckett: “In me there have always been two fools, among others, one asking nothing better than to stay where he is and the other imagining that life might be slightly less horrible a little further on.”


Title: Bitter Life
Publication date and place: March 2018 / Athens, Greece
Edition: 100
Format, binding: Softcover / Saddle Stitch
Size: 15 x 20 cm
Number of pages and images: 36 / 20
Type of printing: Indigo Digital Offset print
Paper: Rives Tradition Br.White Sens.Gloss 270g, cover - Munken Polar Rough 170g, inside pages