This our second story from Derrick Jones, who had the opportunity to spend time with Greek photographer and artist Nikos Rakkas:
Nikos Rakkas has recently traveled to my hometown of Rome to take part in an exhibition devoted to photography of the deep and sensual.
At The Room gallery in Rome the mix was eclectic.
photography from all over europe and each offering a different perspective on emotion mixed with fashion. Nikos seems to grab the essence of the dark mood of Greek youth. Full of turmoil, want, anger, frustration, sex, energy... All portraits in these series, but what Nikos does best is trick you.
He teaches you this somber story only after he draws you in with light, color and a subject in the photos which are beautiful.
One wouldn't expect such a deep rooted opera from Nikos if you consider some of his most famous works using Play-mobil. But then again, don't be fooled. These light hearted, ironic works may not be of the fashion oriented kind but they still reflect society more than any second skin would.
A family of a passionate culture visiting another, Nikos and his family stayed on in Rome and we spent time enjoying the differences but finding many similarities in the two.
As they told stories of the changes and the fear happening in Greece one listened with heavy heart but with the underlined fear that we too were next and that no one is safe from the economic cancer spreading.
Derrick J Jones