I’ m Fotios Papadopoulos born in Thessaloniki in 1968. I studied Architecture Engineering in the Polytechnic School of Aristoteles University in my hometown.
My interest in photography started in my early teenage years when I used my fathers Agfa Camera. As soon as I gathered some money I bought my first camera, a Canon A1. In the early days I was interested in the Natural landscape , like flowers & gardens and architecture. Being a city child, Nature and Environment was a fascinating subject that had potentials I was eager to explore. During my Architectural studies I organized a dark room (a WC in my parents house) and started developing b&w films and printing my own photos.
The digital era came and found me in a confusion. Should I embrase the “new movement” or stick to the “real art”? Using compact digital cameras, mostly for family pictures, I started using the first postprocessing software and the great storage capabilities and file organizations in hard drives. Gradually I realized the great potential of the new age and bought my first DSLR, the Canon 400D with the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. Since the beginning I invested on the L series Lenses, so that one day I can afford to buy a full frame camera. That’s why I bought the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM for general use. Then I got the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro in order to continue shooting my favorite subject, flowers, from my hotel family business environment. I found out that is a great protrait lens too. Lastly I got the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. For a few years I used the Canon 50D and finally, last Christmas, I bought the Canon 6D with which I rediscovered the full capabilities of my lenses.
My favorite subject is still flowers, because I like walking arround gardens to get the shots. I also shoot landscapes trying to include in the frame threatening clouds ready for rain or peaceful ships waiting for resupply in Thessaloniki’s harbor. I pretty like street photography but I find many problems in our days, because people are afraid of the big cameras although they are photographed by a thousand strangers phones. I have experienced this stress of people when they are in front of a real camera. I fully understand their hesitation but I still cannot understand their different reaction between a camera and a mobile phone app.
This page was created so that people can see how I see life through my camera. I am and will continue to be as honest as it gets between my camera and the subject I am shooting.