In his latest collection, Andreas Theologitis rises to a personal challenge: creating emotion, conveying deep personal feelings, while presenting us with just abstract bodies.
It is some time now that he is obsessively working on nude photography. In these images bodies without perspective or orientation take central stage in the scene he wants to create. Bodies hovering in space.
Working exclusively with light and shadows, he draws the viewers to the image, where they can study them, appreciating the grace and the imperfections, something the artist does not want to hide or efface. In his own words: “…so that only truth remains in front of the lens”.
The bodies are presented alone, on their own. In a constant quest of –and trying to confront– his own self in this difficult period he is personally going through, Andreas Theologitis adds yet another layer of abstraction to his photography. The eyes, the look, the gaze, up to now a substantial part of his work, are no longer there.
Using the body as a statue he introduces the technique of high key in his photography which is in contrast with the dark mood of the photographer. He focuses on the statuesque texture of the female body. He concentrates his view on the detail, depriving the viewer of the orientation of the bodies and their stance. The frame rotates, leading the viewers through their own steps to the exploration of the image in front of them, a rearrangement of the bodies as they would finally have liked them to be.
He presents bodies without faces, bare, denuded from anything superfluous. The bodies unite, become indiscernible, even lost. However, he keeps a profound sentimentality expressed through a dialogue developed by the soft touch of the intertwined bodies, of the caressing hands.
Andreas Theologitis searches for balance by means of the images he creates. He is “trying to keep the essential” finally liberated from the geometry and the weight of the body.
About Andreas Theologitis
Andreas Theologitis is an architect – urban planner. He studied in Belgium in the ‘80s where he had the opportunity to take part in projects that marked the urban texture of the city. In the early ‘90s he returned to Greece where he still participates in architectural and urban projects.
His involvement in photography dates from the age of the dark room. His work has been exhibited in various galleries in Athens, Brussels, London, Milano, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York City. He has received awards in several international photography competitions.
In the later years Andreas Theologitis tries to go beyond a mere study of the human body. He turns insistently around the exploration of particular aspects of the nude, where aesthetics is combined with an almost ideological dimension. [Official Website]