‘Oriented and Disoriented in the Middle East’ by Yiorgos Kordakis

By on June 5, 2013

Name: Yiorgos Kordakis
Hometown: Athens Greece
Resides: New York
Profession: Artist
Hobbies: Many
Hipstographer since: 2010
Year of Birth: 1973

Favorite  Combo:  Americana  +  C-Type Plate 
Favorite Lens:  Adler 9009 
Favorite Film:  C-Type Plate 
Favorite  Flash:  Berry Pop 

"Last year I was asked by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography in Greece to participate in their Middle Eastern Project titled 'Oriented and Disoriented in the Middle East'. I was invited to join a team of Art Photographers who were to visit different Middle Eastern Countries. I was chosen to travel to Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The 'photographic Missions' had to take place in the month of September, a time of the year especially challenging for photographers as temperatures in this part of the world do reach extremes.

I was seeking for an 'alternative' way of expressing myself for this particular project. I didn't have a lot of time to spend in these countries (in which I have never been before), and the idea of visiting with an iphone instead of my standard cameras (SLRS & 4X5) became more compelling by the day. I finally suggested to the Museum's director my idea (by then already a decision), who initially found it a very bad one, but when I showed him my Hipstamatic portfolio, he changed his mind and gave me the go-ahead.

Shooting with my iPhone and Hipstamatic, proved to be a brilliant way of doing so. I decided to use a couple of film and lens combinations for each country, those that would capture the 'color and feeling' in the best possible way. Of course I played around with other combinations all the time but it was creatively very interesting to experiment, eventually settling with those combinations that worked better for each location."
Yiorgos Kordakis

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