2011 – Ongoing — Greece
About this series
Through my frequent visits to an old factory in Ptolemaida, near Thessaloniki, I’ve gathered a series of images that led to Bad Egg.
I can still hear my father’s voice saying, “Close the windows quickly!” as we approached the area that smelled disgusting. The rotten egg smell is caused by hydrogen sulphide formed by the reaction of ammonia with other chemical elements. The plant was finally shut down in 1996. I began taking pictures from this area back in 2011. Everything was described according to Bechers’ typologies. But there was something more than that.
Decay was so obvious to my eyes as it was to my nose during childhood. It was as if dust and wild plant vegetation had absorbed all the bad smell and transformed it into inspiring images evoking a strong sense of appropriation and tranquility.
Born, raised and lives in Kozani, Greece. Sakis is a Computer and Informatics Engineer and works as a vice-principal at Second Chance School of Kozani.
He started photography in 2009 and attended seminars by Jacob Aue Sobol, Platon Rivellis and Paris Petridis. He teaches Photography seminars in Kozani and Ptolemaida since 2017.
2022 – PhotoRomania Festival at Cluj-Napoca
2022 – Photometria Festival at Ioannina, GR
2022 – Tolerances, lens-based media exhibition at Athens/Norway
2016 – “Cultural Landscapes” Group Expo at PIOP Athens
2016 – Group exhibition “HOME” in Sydney (AU) curated by Aue Sobol and Sun Hee Engelstoft in Delmar Gallery during Head On Festival.
2015 – “Family” Group exhibition at Benaki Museum in Athens
2014 – First Personal exhibition at Kozani and Kastoria.