Sakis Dazanis was born in 1967 in Kozani, Western Macedonia, Greece. He began shooting on his own in 2009 and a ttended workshops by Jacob Aue Sobol and seminars by Platon Rivellis and Paris Petridis. He works as an IT Teacher in secondary education.
About me: I’m an IT teacher in secondary education and my spare time is fully occupied with photography. I attended workshop with Jacob Aue Sobol in 2013. Meeting with Paris Petridis in 2015 made me see the city and landscapes in completely different way. I have participated in many group photo exhibitions. One of them (“HOME”) was exhibited in Sydney last year. I’ve had another personal exhibition two years ago in my hometown.
My artist statement etc.: I take photos always and wherever I am! I live in a small town so every scene is filled with people around the center. Taking rides with my car and visiting the edge and the outskirts of town as well as nearby towns is very exciting. Covering local events, festivals, parades is essential to me as photojournalism gives the opportunity for massive promotion and shooting. I love minimalism but that doesn’t mean disregard for frames packed with people or elements.
I shoot with an Olympus mirrorless camera and while landscapes, constructed scapes and cityscapes are my last year’s obsessions I still shoot candid and portraits as well as everyday scenery on the streets.
My projects: My B+W series is a mix of people and places shot during the last 5 years. ‘Familiar’ is a series of photos regarding my family. ‘Northwest’ is an ongoing project about life in the northwestern part of my country. ‘Energymental’ is a last years’ project shot during my one week visit to the island of Samothraki.
Your influences and favorite stuff: Robert Adams, Paris Petridis, Stephen Shore, Alexis Vasilikos, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Alec Soth are some of my favorite photographers. I love reading literature especially novels as it is a permanent source for inspiration.