Marilena Vainanidi is a Greek photographer living and working in Athens. She shoots conceptual, people, fashion, travel etc.
I love sea and sun. Photography is my way to handle reality. Since I was a kid, I have always felt that capturing images was in essence a way to freeze time and extract the moments I wanted to keep. I could’t live without photography.
I love natural light – ideally I would prefer never to use artificial light, if possible. I do not make any kind of special preparations for my shootings; I do study some images or ideas that inspire me, but in the end it is always the unpredictable that I seek. I prefer fashion photography the most, and staged photography in general. My favourite project is www.spitishoot.com where I take photos of people at their houses. For me, home has always been something more than the place we live in. It is memories, our refuge, the place where we spend a huge part of our lives, an inseparable part of identity. Within it we find our true selves and we carry it along wherever we go. My influences consist of other photographers, movie directors, and the wit and despair that coexist in everyday life.