ELIAS COSINDAS (Greece b. 1968) Yiannakis 1999 Zakynthos Island - x +

CN: CosE1999yian

MT: silver print on paper (32x48 / F:55x70x1)

TX: signed with marker at lower right of border in Greek <E.COSINDAS.>

DN: Mr. Elias Cosindas - 2007

CM: Yannakis by Elias Cosindas belongs to his series of portraits of underwater photography. Herewith the photographer immersed in the sea captures a boy diving from a boat. Cosindas has a great love for the sea and is pleased to photograph its depths for their inherent quality of abstraction - an environment offering a different setting than the earth yet as real. The sea is an alternative environment for man, which in a curious way is as much hospitable as inhospitable to him. The picture of a figure in water is reminiscent of the fact that man has an immediate relation to water and is dependent on it. As a matter of fact Cosindas says "I feel something embryonic about this photograph, something in relation to birth". Underwater photography sometimes presents as points of reference the horizon or the sea bed, but in any case the environment in the sea is uncanny and mysterious, as if it were another planet. Cos indas likes the fact that the luster that shines above the child derives from itself, and this determines its distance from the surface. Perhaps the present photograph focuses on the idea of breath - the destination which will allow someone after some effort to breathe. The photograph shows the child at the brink of losing his breath. The light shining on the surface of the water relieves the viewer with the conviction that a child with its instinctive knowledge of the watery element manages well with the challenges of nature.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2007]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens