Dimitri Mellos

Photographer
    
The city is like poetry
Location: New York City
Nationality: Greek
Biography: Dimitri Mellos was born in Athens, Greece, but since 2005 has been living in New York City. He studied philosophy and psychology. As a child, he used to walk around with an old Kodak Instamatic camera (with no film loaded), pretending to be... MORE
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The city is like poetry
Copyright Dimitri Mellos 2022
Updated Nov 2017
Location New York City
Topics Candid, Capitalism, Documentary, Emotion, Fine Art, Manhattan, New York, New York City, Personal, Photography, Street

"I speak of the city, shepherd of the centuries, mother that gives birth to us and devours us, that creates us and forgets." - Octavio Paz


I walk the streets of New York City and photograph strangers. The scope of my photos is narrow and mundane, like the lives they depict "“ like the lives of most of us. But I seek glimpses of transcendence in the evanescent and the quotidian: in fleeting gestures and glances, in transitory moments of connection in the urban flow, in the ephemeral dance of light and shadow and human presence. More than anything, what moves me is capturing the infinitesimal outward signs of an inner emotional life, the interiority of people even in the midst of the most public of spaces.

My photographs are relics of a momentary merging of photographer and environment, self and other. The city brings us together, the city prizes us apart. Immersing myself in the flow of the life of the city, I feel the boundaries of my self momentarily become fluid, permeable. I abandon myself to the flow. The ensuing photographs are as much portraits of the people they depict, as they are portraits of a moment of being, a brief but charged crossing of lives. They are my feeble protest against the city's forgetfulness.

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