Indisposable Concept gallery featuring Alex P. Shot with a disposable camera.
Where: Rocking The Daisies 2017 – Cloof Wine Estate, Malmesbury. South Africa
When: October, 2017
Open the gallery by clicking on an image below. (after the Q&A).
Who are you?
I was born in Greece and lived there for 4 years, before moving to South Africa and growing up in Durban. At the beginning of the year, I made my move to the City of Cape Town where I am studying cinematography.
Do you have a insta, etc?
I have an instagram account (@alxethelion) for my photography and everything else I can think of.
I’ve been a creative since birth, as my parents tell me, either copying the dance moves of singers on the TV, drawing (sometimes on walls) or acting for the VHS camera. Upon entering school, I naturally gravitated towards the cultural subjects, falling in love with art and drama specifically. One Christmas I was gifted with my first digital camera and I haven’t stopped since.
My mom always told me never to be a victim, but to rather be a survivor which I interpreted as the idea of not allowing the difficulties and challenges that arise in our daily lives to overcome us, but rather to face them and push through until you have, simply put, survived it.
I spend all my free time with my close friends, as we are either eating amazing food at amazing restaurants & cafes around Cape Town or adventuring around in attempt to discover amazing places. A mandatory aspect of these adventures is bringing our cameras, as we document the places we find through our photography.
Dreams come to life?
Just actually do that thing that your mind is telling you that you want to do.
What inspires me to shoot film?
I began to fall in love with shopping at antique stores, second-hand stores and charity shops and one day, I came across a ridiculously cheap Pentax and to be honest, I just wanted to have one for the sakes of having one. From there, I fell in love with the camera and how images looked through the viewfinder but I had no idea how to use it and the thought of the entire thing overwhelmed me a bit so I left it alone for a while. This year I finally took the liberty in trying it out and I haven’t been able to put my camera down since, as I fell in love with the idea that every photo means something. You don’t have unlimited attempts at taking the photo, and so I love the challenge of making sure that the one photo you take is the best possible option. Another aspect I love is that feeling of “well, I hope that turns out how I am hoping” as you move on with your adventure in taking more photos.
How did I connect?
A good friend of mine, who also shares a passion for film photography, tagged me on a post on your Instagram account and I took over from there.
I recently went to Rocking the Daisies, which is a pretty big music festival that takes place in Cape Town every year. I really wanted to take my camera with me but decided that I should take a disposable as it would simply be easier to carry and use, and less of a casualty if stolen or lost. It was quite weird in the beginning to simply aim and shoot, but was also really fun as it made the act of taking a photo a lot less stressful. I loved being able to whip it out and in a matter of seconds, take the photo I had conceived in my mind.
Not being able to see photos?
I really love that aspect of the disposable because upon collecting the finished product, you get to experience this exciting feeling of seeing the images your brain has imagined. Whether it be exactly what you wished or the complete opposite, I feel that an equal amount of happiness is experienced with an uncontrollable smile that lasts the entirety of looking through the photos for the first time.
Our generation has had instant photography at the tips of our fingers for the majority of our lives, especially today as our phones have taken over the role of having a camera itself. So personally, I feel that we as a technologically advanced generation take great enjoyment in experiencing the way that things used to be, and allowing ourselves to be swayed from the instantaneous lifestyle that we have become accustomed to.
My photographic style & influences?
I battle to stay committed to specific styles of photography for too long, and so I will often enter a stage where I fall in love with a style, leading to me taking hundreds of photos in that style but suddenly becoming extremely bored when I feel that it is no longer a challenge as I feel no longer challenged by the style. This boredom often leads to me stopping that style for a while, and taking time off of photography to allow myself to find and fall in love with another style. Currently I would say my style is very much inspired by Wes Anderson, as I am attempting to capture very symmetrical moments with those classic color schemes that we cannot help but love.
Since I got my first phone, Instagram has always been a major part of my day-to-day life. I have always loved the way that it allows one to connect with and be inspired by other people’s work, and gives you yourself a platform to put your own work out in hopes that maybe someone else just like you would feel inspired too!
We live in a world that is extremely separated, and I feel that we are so obsessed with labelling everything and trying to make everyone else believe in what we believe may be true and when that fails to occur: we fight. If we can’t put an end to the labels we live with and face everyday, we are doomed to be a separated society, and a very unhappy one too.