athens riots - the destruction
The burned Christmas tree in front of the greek parliament in Syntagma square.
The killing of the 15 year old boy Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a policeman resulted in widespread riots that altered the city landscape. When I walked in the streets of my town the day after the riots I instantly forgot the image I had about Athens, that of a bustling, peaceful, energetic metropolis and in my mind came the old photographs from WWII, the civil war and the students uprising against the dictatorship. Thus I decided not to turn my digital camera straight to the destroyed buildings but to photograph through an old camera that worked as a filter, a barrier between me and the city.