Just off the main part of the Plaka, in Athens, is where you’ll find the better restaurants and the best people watching. Captured just after a rainstorm, the streets were almost empty as people slowly began to re-emerge.
My favorite part of this image is the woman lost in thought at her window on the left.
Walking through the streets on the lower slopes in Fira, on the island of Santorini, yields magnificent views of the startling colours and textures – without dodging the tourist hordes.
While everyone else was staring out across the caldera at the gorgeous sunsets, I was able to capture this image of the arcade of Fira’s main church behind the crowd.
All Images Are © Matt Politano
Matt Politano Artist Bio
I grew up in Victoria and studied art and art history at UVic with some exceptional instructors, including Walter Dexter. My early work consisted mostly of painting, ceramics and installations, but I discovered the power of Photoshop and other digital tools in the latter half of my time at university and became fascinated with the new avenues they offered.
Digital cameras were much too crude at the time to achieve what I wanted so most of my first forays into digital art made extensive use of flatbed scanners; often painstakingly piecing together large images from many different elements. At that time I would send the work to Vancouver for printing on traditional photographic papers by exposing them with LED light arrays.
My focus then was on the way that technology was affecting our lives and the impact it had on our sense of identity. I was also quite interested in using digital tools to erase the boundary between what is real and what is fabricated.
While I still use flatbed scanners to capture some of the elements I work with, I now use digital cameras for the majority of my work. All images are printed using pigmented giclée printers or other fine art printing methods.
My interests still lean towards exploring the fine line between the real and the fabricated. I have also become quite interested, now that it is almost impossible to tell a straight-up photograph from one assembled on a computer, in how to deliberately leave traces of the artist’s hand – brushstrokes, of a sort.
Blog / Website: http://mattpolitano.com