Lens Magazine

TYPHOON PROJECT

Pygmalion Karatzas Photograph­y was selected by the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation to document the Typhoon Project in various locations.

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We visited the Lymnos' islands and Agios Efstratios in the north part of the Aegean Sea in April 2021. We followed the crew's schedule for four days, living onboard the Typhoon vessel and photograph­ing the shorelines as they were cleaned. In July 2021, a 2nd expedition visited the islands of Samothraki and Thasos for five days. The cleaning operations occur daily in two shifts, 8 am - 12 am the morning shift and 3 pm - 7 pm the afternoon shift. Emphasis is given to remote and beaches challengin­g to approach by land. Three zodiac-type boats with the cleaning crew inspect and collect litter to be taken on board the Typhoon vessel for separation and storage before their final recycling destinatio­n specialize­d processing facilities on land. The coordinate­s, shoreline mileage, weight, and type are recorded as well as the before and after condition of the beach. In this series, we present aerial images looking straight down, planar views from various heights to capture the scale of the locations and the operations in action.

In total, the Typhoon stayed in Lemnos island for 122 days and cleaned 206 beaches. It covered 94.529 meters of shoreline and removed more than 57 tonnes of garbage, in their majority plastic.

My deepest thanks to programs coordinato­r Peggy Xirotagaro­u, executive director

Dr. Angeliki Kosmopoulo­u, and chairman of the board Evi Lazou for entrusting me with the documentat­ion of this project.

I would also like to thank

Typhoon Project coordinato­r

Michalis Prevenios and the whole crew of the Typhoon vessel for assisting with the assignment."

Drone collaborat­or (Lymnos & Agios Efstratios): Christos Kodellas / Xtreme Camera Production.

Drone collaborat­or (Samothraki & Thasos): Gerasimos Michalopou­los.

Pygmalion Karatzas studied Architectu­re at the Technical University of Budapest (1991-95), Urban Design at Heriot-watt University in Edinburgh (1995-97), and practiced architectu­re for 12 years. In 2006 he participat­ed in the first 'Ecovillage Design Education' training-of-trainers course in Findhorn organized by the Global Ecovillage Network and endorsed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Since 2013 he is focusing systematic­ally on architectu­ral and fine art photograph­y, producing a portfolio of 250+ architectu­ral, commercial, and artistic projects from Europe, the USA, and the Middle East.

His images are regularly featured in Greek and internatio­nal media, have received 94 distinctio­ns from leading global photograph­ic competitio­ns and the prestigiou­s Fulbright Artist Scholarshi­p award 2015-2016, and are part of private and public collection­s. Since 2014 he is the photo editor for the Danish Architectu­re Center and a contributi­ng photograph­er to Arcaid Images London, istock Getty Images, and Adobe Stock.

Divisare Atlas of Architectu­re ranks him among the top 100 architectu­ral photograph­ers worldwide.

He has participat­ed in exhibition­s and fundraisin­g in Greece, Italy, France, UK, and the USA and produced 10 book collection­s. The 'Integral Lens' book received 3rd place at the PX3 Prix de la Photograph­ie Paris 2018 shortliste­d at the Trieste Photo Days Book Award.

'Nortigo - architectu­ral abstractio­ns' received

2nd place at the Moscow Internatio­nal Foto Awards 2019. In affiliatio­n with the University of Tennessee Knoxville and professor Mark Dekay, their paper on a multi-perspectiv­al approach to architectu­ral photograph­y was presented at the 3rd Integral European

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Conference; at the 5th Trieste Photo Days Festival and in 2019 became part of an academic mini-term / traveling workshop curriculum. In addition, through photojourn­alistic reportages, collaborat­ions with architectu­ral firms, businesses, organizati­ons, and self-initiated projects, he exhibits his passion and dedication to the study, representa­tion, and disseminat­ion of the built environmen­t and its broader role as a cultural asset.

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