I think one of the best things that makes us who we are is what we choose to love. Hear me out, our passions is what we choose to spend out time doing. What really makes us tick. It’s been a while since I got to speak to someone about their passions and I had the chance to interview one of the most talented photographers I know.
If you haven’t heard the name Alex Georgiades don’t worry, you will. He is one of the best upcoming photographers and At 24, he’s managed to take stunning photos from all around the world. He some how manages to really capture what the subject is trying to say. He’s often traveling and exploring the world, but I managed to catch him just before he leaves the U.K on another adventure.
What makes you love what you do?
I love being able to capture a moment in time as strange as that might sound, whether it’s a laugh, a moment between two people, the emotion on someones face. For me, being able to immortalise a moment is very special
What inspires you to do it?
When I was a boy my mum and Dad took a bunch of photos on film and loads of home videos. They essentially documented my child through photography. I still love looking through our albums now and finding a photo I’ve never seen. The best thing is, that is the essence of photography and however much technology may develop, that will always remain the same
How did you start it?
My Dad bought me a Canon 600D EOS when I was around 18 and it became an extension of me. I carried it everywhere, on our holidays and around home. It took many years of practice to actually know what I was doing, but I’m so glad I stuck with it, as it’s such a fulfilling hobbie now and such a big part of my life.
What photo are you most proud of?
There are a few I’m really proud of, and not necessarily just because the photo might be good, but because of what it meant to me. Two of which I took during my recent travels to Myanmar. The first, we’d ridden our motorbikes around in the earliest hours of the morning searching for a quiet temple to watch the sunrise. I managed to get catch this scene – the sun rising, the hot air balloons floating over the city, the haze running through hundreds of temples that sit within this gorgeous jungle. I felt I captured my experience of that moment in that photo.
The second, was taken later that day, searching for a different spot for sunset. We briefly shared a moment with a lone child who was playing near a temple. Earlier that day, I’d been reading extensively of all the turmoil that exists within the country and it had really effected me. Besides that, there were ongoing problems in many areas of the world that had been occurring in recent weeks. This boy was potentially homeless, yet he exhibited so much purity, innocence and happiness that really warmed me, and I was able to capture it. It put things into perspective.
You’ve been traveling, how has that influenced your work/point of view of it?
Travelling has influenced my photography massively. When you travel, your eyes are opened to so many different cultures, voices and ways of life and I felt that growth extending through my lens. There’s a famous quote that says “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”. This is definitely true of me and my photography. I feel as though travel has been an extremely eye-opening experience.
Where do you think it will take you?
I’m not sure really. Whilst my profile has grown considerable over the past six months, it still feels like a hobbie to me, but the more I delve into it as an art form, the more I find myself wanting to push it further.
What do you want people to feel when they see your photos?
I want people to feel connected. I want them to feel as though they are sharing the moment with me, immersed in the moment or the feeling or the experience of the image. That’s always what I try and capture, that emotion of the moment.
Who influences you the most?
At the moment, photographers who I find myself incredibly inspired by are Steve McCurry and Chris Burkard. But then, there is also this emergence of the social media photographer that I find so exciting. Platforms like instagram are giving people the chance to be creative and push the art form in directions its never been before.
What’s the one thing people should take away from your work?
A moment, I hope. I really hope that people can look at my photography and take that moment that I’ve tried to capture, whether it’s a landscape or a portrait, and think about what I felt within it.
Where can we find you/your work?
You can find all of my recent photography from my travels on my website, www.alexgeorgiades.com, some of which are featured in blog posts and some in photo albums – I hope you enjoy!
Alex really does have a talent for taking a moment and making it last forever. It’s amazing to see what people find interesting and you can turn it into something beautiful.
Be sure to check out his website and let me know what you think!