Despite The Illusion welcomes Dimitri Karakostas’ work to be featured here. Dimitri’s work is a diaristic view into a young mans life. His work started purely by accident, a way of documenting whatever mischief was happening at the time. The work is a personal documentary of his life, shooting friends skateboarding and shooting tags.
His subject matter may vary in many ways but the one succinct aspect is that its all shot on film. A refreshing aspect to his work in a world where the digital extremists say that film is dead.
For young people starting out in photography today and exploring the online plethora of resources, it is easy to get caught up in the blogs and sites perpetuating the idea of the more gear you have the better a photographer you are. Encouraging you to join the camera arms race, the problem being that if you spend your money on expensive gear, with the idea that this will help you become a better photographer. You run this risk of over looking the fundamentals of good imagery. If you don't stop to learn the basics of visual language you'll just end up with better quality, shit images.
This is not the case with Dimitri’s work, he understands visual language and employs the snapshot aesthetic, ignoring the camera arms race, he has captured work otherwise over looked by the ‘all the gear, no idea’ people. His work is a good example of visual story telling. Leaving no stone unturned almost as if everything is illuminated. Dimitri’s style is predominantly documentary but some of the work has a preconceived idea of the outcome, he doesn't like to over construct anything.