KoutaPhotography

Creative Travel Photography

Bergerac, France · 0 Sales

KoutaPhotography

Creative Travel Photography

Bergerac, France 0 Sales On Etsy since 2016

Announcement   A very warm welcome to my Etsy shop! Here you will find the very best of my photographs, taken in a range of locations around the world. They are not, in the conventional sense, 'travel' photographs, however; I have always been fascinated by those small details that signpost differences - as well as similarities - between cultures, societies, and countries - and that we don't often pay attention to. It is those things that I focus on whilst I travel, and which I offer to you here.

My shop is new so I'm in the process of uploading my portfolio of photographic art. Please come back soon to see much more.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 12, 2016

A very warm welcome to my Etsy shop! Here you will find the very best of my photographs, taken in a range of locations around the world. They are not, in the conventional sense, 'travel' photographs, however; I have always been fascinated by those small details that signpost differences - as well as similarities - between cultures, societies, and countries - and that we don't often pay attention to. It is those things that I focus on whilst I travel, and which I offer to you here.

My shop is new so I'm in the process of uploading my portfolio of photographic art. Please come back soon to see much more.

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...the art of photography, the photography of art...

For many years I was an international school teacher, in High School, of Philosophy and English Language & Literature. This enabled me to live in a variety of locations around the world, and to travel to a great many more. I never travelled, of course, without my cameras. Over time, I became aware of two things: firstly, that I was not really photographing what one might be expected to and, secondly, that I began to use more and more of my photos as part of my teaching. Being a teacher of Philosophy and Language Arts forced me to think about what I was photographing, and why and, when the time came to decide whether or not to continue in full-time teaching or to dedicate myself completely to photography, the decision had, really, already been taken.

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“Ultimately, Photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks” (Roland Barthes).

Yet, at the same time, the act of photographing is a subversive act; as a teacher of Philosophy, thinking (thinking through, thinking beyond, thinking as a process rather than just the having of thoughts) is an imperative, a demand, a Kantian duty.

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight” (John Berger).

Photography, then, is an epistemological act; not an attempt to ‘frame’ a moment, rather an attempt to think a moment, to think through a moment, to think beyond a moment, to attempt to reconcile the sense of disturbance with the epistemological demands regarding what, and how, we know.

“The camera… on the one hand extends our comprehension of the necessities that rule our lives; on the other, it manages to assure us of an immense and unexpected field of action” (Walter Benjamin).

It is only once we know that we can act, and act we must. Homo Sapiens is also, indistinctly, Homo Faber. Photography is an action, an interruption, a disturbance, thus can only be done via thinking, thinking through, thinking beyond…Action cannot be separated from thought, thought cannot be separated from action. The photographic act cannot be separated from epistemological thinking. Precisely what ‘must be done’ cannot be determined until the epistemological has been thought. For that,

“You [must] photograph with all your ideology” (Sebastiao Salgado).

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  • Kouta Lakis

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    I am a photographer, of British origin, now living near Bergerac, in Acquitaine, France. I have lived in various parts of the world, thanks to a career working in international schools as a teacher of Philosophy and English Language & Literature.

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