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EPAMEINONDAS SCHIZAS (HELLAS)
LANDSCAPES OF ATTICA




Why is it, when what Lewis Baltz, John Davies or Jean-Louis Garnell photograph are "areas of land that nature offers to the observer", that international criticism has designated them "territories" rather than "landscapes"? Although the images in these photographs correspond to the conceptual definition of a 'landscape', the same is not true of the model, as established initially in painting and later in photography for approximately four centuries now. And it is the model rather than the definition that sustainsculture".
As long as the representation of such natural areas, whose space also accommodates man-made features, does not conform to the accepted landscape model, it cannot pretend to be described by that term.

The "landscape culture" that has shaped, over such a long span, our visual perception of nature does not even today readily permit us to accept as a landscape an image whose structural elements do not meet the requirements of the classical model.

In this personal work, the quest leads to the recording of a landscape which escapes the confines of both the classical and the contemporary landscape models. Seasonally crowded Attic landscapes, which by their very nature offer no direct visual stimulus to the human eye. The lack of reference points characteristic of a submarine landscape, I have tried to counter-balance with the extension of the photographic field to points topographically more recognisable. The elements that belong to the terrestrial domain are akin to the nautical bearings that identify for the careful observer the precise geographical location.

Born in Athens in 1964, Epameinondas Schizas studied Visual Arts and Photography in Paris at University VIII. He has presented his work with Evdoxia Radi in a solo exhibition during Photosynkyria '95 and took part in the exhibition Image and Ikon / The New Greek Photography 1975-1995. He works in Athens in the field of electronic imaging while also teaching photography.