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There is a certain area in Athens where it is not advised to walk alone
even in broad daylight. I "happened" to pass by that area on my motorbike, camera hanging from the neck...


Some people look for hell in religious books...
Some people look for paradise in their prayers...

They are both right here!
Beside us...in front of us!


A guy is shooting heroin...his "friends" are watching for the cops...


see also: 2. The living dead 3.The police comes 4.That was too close





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Given 2009-05-17
One way ticket to Hell by =StamatisGR. I was going to give him a DD for another photo, but then he uploaded this one...and within an hour it was suggested multiple times. ( Featured by bQw )
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I understand your state of shock now...I am in shock, let alone you, who have seen it live. You are right, some people look for hell, and some people make hell, in their lives and in the lives of their families in this way.
This is such an ugly reality of our life, ugly face of our street photography.
Just photography-vise speaking - you captured it in your own unique way, you captured it
so amazingly beautifully terribly ugly
The title fits so perfectly. But, somehow I hope that it is not one way ticket, I hope that photos can change people minds, because they always speak more than 100 words, more than 1000 words, more than this critique...So I am going to shut up now.
Mpravo Stamati...:salute: :bow:
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Broad daylight addiction is a tragic and powerful sight, that calls not only to our emotions but also to our ability to comprehend and accept what we see. I believe that most of us will have needed a few seconds of adjustment before understanding exactly what is happening on this photograph, and these seconds are both the illustration of the distance and the accomplishment of the journey towards another reality that dwells however in our very world. That is to me the first, most striking and unmistakable sign of the specific genius of street photography at its best.

Let's walk this path together... The first impression comes from the flock of shady characters looking in various directions with a surprisingly wide array of different expressions painted on their faces. A motley mask collection where we can read pain, concentration, indifference and turmoil, in a context of dull poverty and closed metal fences emphasized by the black and white treatment. And then it strikes us. The sharp ribs of the center subject and his specific attitude...

Pinching one's belly doesn't immediately make sense to us. Is he checking his fat on his belly ? Unlikely... Watching a stain, showing a bruise ? No. He's carving a bruise in his body and soul. Somehow the far left character tells us the end of that story, with his sad and dark eyes and his plastered leg. The man between them turns his back to us (and to society?) and that's the way it's meant to be because his hat is still facing us as covering a face of shame. He has a huge twirl of ink or blood as the scars of a tortured slave painted on his back but who could tell here the victim from the offender? And is anyone of them either one or the other? The photograph demonstrates a group of young males acting collectively to promote the demise of one without any sign of guilt or doubt...

Technically, the low tone dark gray treatment with contrasted textures works perfectly to reveal the dirt and underline the lack of horizon. No open sky or window, no air, no sun. I think there is a slight use of HDR or local adaptation in the post treatment (white glow around the legs, grey background on the shop's sign) that also flattens and dulls the overall light source with great efficiency. My only two proposals for improvement would be the framing (maybe cut the strip of grid on the left to start with the wall and hide a little bit more the "fallen" character, take out his ear and increase the focus on his face) and the frame itself. Here simplicity is of the essence, but we had this conversation before and I respect your perspective on framing ;).

I would like to conclude beyond this specific photograph to mention that I have been a constant watcher of =StamatisGR over the last 6 months. I have seen his passion and talent for street photography emerge and develop. This photograph illustrates not only the sharp eye, fast hand and strong technical ability that has now become his trademark but the essential importance of this artistic direction altogether.

Kudos for this, my friend! :flame:
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Charikleia32 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Den kserw giath ala apo tin mia meria ponaw otan blepw kath tetia kai dakrizw ala apo tin alh thelw na tous skotoso apto ksilo gia aftin tin blakia ...telio ti alo na po gia tin fotografia sou 
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   Photographer
:)
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hate mature content sometimes. Wish I could see it, so I'll make a folder specifically for my eighteenth birthday. :)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Photographer
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Sandrita-87 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
is this in marni street?
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   Photographer
no, it's the Theatrou square.
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mangawhio Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Just as well you didn't stall the bike...
Thanks for this brave shot.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Photographer
welcome and thanks!
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CrowsReign Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
shockaristiki photo...eidika an ola auta ta exeis dei apo konta....i douleia sou milaei apo moni tis....mpravo sou....

to edit pou kaneis einai episis ksexwrizei...mpravo!!!
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Photographer
Σ ευχαριστώ για τα καλά σου λόγια Ιφιγένεια!
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Itsiko Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Shocking picture and a good shot. I'm watching this the third time now and I just keep coming here, really catches the eye and makes you think.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Photographer
Thank you.
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iDoux Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great capture!
Wow, awesome moment you got here!
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Photographer
thanks mate!
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iDoux Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:iconahoyplz:
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HarisDrako Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
:clap::clap::clap: !!! :worship::worship::worship:!!!:iconwineplz:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Photographer
:ahoy:
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Disgusting people!
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011   Photographer
sick people
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely!
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TheTarLab Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Digital Artist
your first comment is disgusting..
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My first comment is an observation on what I see-druggies shooting up!
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vforvittoria Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
This pic is great and all this serie is really impressive.
The idea to show three minutes, just three minute and no more in a "normal" way by the use of a few pics is a very good idea. In my opinion this street pic/photojournalism at its best !!
Congratulations S.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much R! :)
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fuxs Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a little feature: [link] If you're not happy about it, I'll remove it.(:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011   Photographer
;P Including my picture among all these jewels makes me more than happy!
Though I think this particular picture is more PJ than street ;)
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fuxs Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thin line!
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm featuring this beautiful piece here: [link] .
If you don't want to be featured, please note me and I'll remove it.
:+fav:
And if you like stamps, you can use this one: [link] :)

Kisses&Hugs
Katia
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011   Photographer
Grazie mille Katia! :hug:
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflowerthnxplz::iconwelcomeplz:
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ContemplatingJazz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
mygod this photo is shocking..
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011   Photographer
yes it is.
Actually it's part of a 5 pic photoshoot.
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mumyf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I am totally stuned by the picture.
really really beautiful mate
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Photographer
thanks mate!
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superfuckingtall Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very moving - great shot.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Photographer
Thank you.
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gzib Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Σταμάτη ένας απ' τους λόγους που χαίρομε και λυπάμε ταυτόχρονα που άφησα την Αθήνα μετά απο αχεδόν δέκα χρόνια. Δυστηχώς εικόνες σαν κι αυτήν έχουν μείνει χαραγμένες μέσα μου και δύσκολα θα ξεχαστούν. Δεν υπάρχουν λέξεις να περιγράψουν το μαρτύριο που περνάνε αυτοί οι άνθρωποι και την αντιμετώπιση που τυγχάνουν από την πολιτεία αλλά κι απ'τους συνανθρώπους τους.
Εκπληκτική στιγμή αποτυπώνει με τα μελανότερα χρώματα την πικρή πραγματικότητα που ζούμε, αλλά προφανώς όλοι θέλουμε να ξεχνάμε.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Photographer
Η φωτογραφία αυτή σκοπό έχει να θυμίζει αυτήν την πραγματικότητα Κώστα.
Σ ευχαριστώ για το σχόλιό σου.
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gzib Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
u welcome.
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TheTarLab Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Digital Artist
Is this in Vathis square or Geraniou street maybe?Or that square next to the mayors office.I was a hardcore shooting junkie for many years back when all the junkies were gathering under omonia square(from the Goodys side).Im clean,fed up and got my life back.Im telling you.No one is watching for the cops.This guy only cares about finding a working vein on his burned body.Cops have caught me shooting more than 5-6 times.They never-ever arrested me.They just took my junk and told me to dissapear.The only time i got arrested was when they caught me with 2 joints.Athens centre has some really nasty places...
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010   Photographer
Einai sthn plateia Theatrou.
Xairomai pou twra eisai katharos.
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siddhartha19 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
An exceptional shot under photojournalism and street. Really well timed, again, and there is more to this shot than a camera and perspective. Must need a lot of courage to photograph such a locale. :worship:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Photographer
I was on a bike, Thank you! :)
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insertwittynickname Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
So horrible that i almost dont want to favorite. But i know i should.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010   Photographer
I know what you mean...
well...life isn't always as it should be.
Thank you! :)
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insertwittynickname Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Your very welcome.
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streetgrapher Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Makes me feel uneasy while watching, really powerful shot. A moment well captured and well described.

I have heard of the place but my stay in Athens was too short to visit. Amazing how the most dangerous places usually give us the biggest reward in terms of timeless captures.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010   Photographer
It was quite an experience Milos....
thanks for your kind words :)
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piratefuriousteddy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
I am curious, where was this? was this at Exarchia? I was there at night once and there were people taking drugs. I think this sort of behaviour from the authorities stems from society where for most part we have demonised drug users. People need to shift their attitude and recognise that drug users do not equate to a bad individual
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Photographer
drug users are sick people and they should be treated likewise. It's near Omonoia square.
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