Marinos Tsagkarakis · Wild Goose Chase

Oct 23, 2019

Marinos is a Greek photographer who creates conceptual projects that reflect the current situation in his home country and his personal concerns. In his series "Wild Goose Chase" Marinos reflects over the banality of things and the common sense, questioning if the latter is the best way to recognise meaningful and rational ideas. Hide in the layers of this project, is also a reflection about western societies and its conduct rules, where the absurd is always present and to unfamiliar eyes wouldn't make any sense.

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

MT - I was born and raised on the island of Crete, in Southern Greece, but in the last years I've been living and working in the Netherlands. I studied Economic Sciences, Informations Systems, and Business Administration. However, one of the most important decisions I've made in my life so far was to study contemporary photography. At some point I was fed up with the daily routine of my office work and the fact that I was always doing things just to improve my professional skill-set. I needed desperately something for my own delight. So, I took the decision to follow studies on contemporary photography at “Stereosis School of Photography". Today I work as a Product Manager in a software company in the cybersecurity domain, and photography is my balance factor.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

MT - Photography came to my life when I was studying at university. In one of my first summers as a student, a family member lent me a 35mm Nikon, teaching me the fundamentals of photography, and how to develop my first B&W films in the toilet of our aunt. The only thing I remember is that all my first rolls were a disaster! Usually under-exposed, out of focus, awkward compositions, indifferent pictures, etc.

 

am - What is “Wild Goose Chase” about?

MT -  For many years I was chasing objects, and life scenes that make no practical sense; events and facts that you doubt about their existence. The goal of this project is to question if "common sense" is the perfect reference to recognise the meaningful, the rational, and if the norms we've been following in the western modern societies all these years are the correct ones.

am - What were you most interested in capturing these images?

MT - I grew up under the common western norms of what is reasonable and important. However, looking back, the last time I felt excited and genuinely happy about something was during my childhood; with my vivid imagination I was constantly experimenting, tasting, feeling the world around me. And this amazing feeling came back in my adult life only when I started being interested in the absurd. It was mostly like a internal need. This need probably was the driving force to capture these images.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

MT - I love (and miss) Lars Tunbjörk for his sharpness and directness. I still like a lot Alec Soth for his poetic narrations.

 

am - What’s your favourite movie?

MT - I could say "Paris, Texas" by Wim Wenders for the photography of  Robby Müller, but I will go for "Dr. Strangelove" by Stanley Kubrick. Nowadays, seems to be more like a black prophecy than a movie.

 

am - What is your favourite photo book?

MT - "She dances on Jackson" by Vanessa Winship.

 

am - Thank you very much for your time and contribution to analog magazine.

MT - You are welcome. It is always a pleasure talking to you! Keep up the nice work with the analog magazine.

All images © Marinos Tsagkarakis

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