I first met him in a bar in Athens.
Then I went on a surf trip with him and the Cohete crew, where I got to know him a bit better.
I was talking to him about action sports with passion but didn’t actually know who or what he was, he just let me talk and the only thing I knew about him was that he is some kind of photographer.…
Sometimes you hear but you don’t listen.
Sometimes you talk but you don’t speak.
Sometimes you look but you don’t see.
I never understood why he is not riding any kind of board and most of all I never understood why the fuck he loves action sports so much…
“One’s life is measured not by the number of times you breath in, but the number of moments you are struck out of breath!”
It was exactly such momentary flashes of inspiration that threw me the challenge of shooting action sports photography.
I am not sure how, but I got to know him a bit better…(it’s not like I understand him, even now that I know him). He’s the kinda guy that will easily make you feel uncomfortable in some situations either with his silence, or with his sincere laugh and smile (when he shares a bit of himself).
I have hung out with him, not a lot, but enough to realise that he is there, but at the same time he is not. It’s like he is cruising in his own world…
Art…? Is photography an art? Some of us wonder…
Well, to me art is not a project, art is not a canvas or a play.. To me art is the journey, it’s the lifestyle and the pain to get somewhere… Anywhere… And to me, George is truly one of the best artists I know!
George is kinda wise and dumps at the same time… He is lost, but has a clear understanding… George is the guy that doesn’t need to be there, he doesn’t need to reach anything, and he doesn’t need to go there in order to understand that it’s just a mind trick… He knows who he is and who he could be…
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting.”
Text: Petros Vaxevanakis
Content of thenutzine #4