Hi, EyeEm Georgios Karamanis
By Severin - 7 min read
We’re proud to introduce Georgios Karamanis to you today! Originally from Greece, Georgios moved to Uppsala, Sweden to work as a psychiatrist. Being devoted to the calm atmosphere and beautiful storytelling in his images for a long time, we dropped into Georgios’ holiday plans to ask him a few questions about his approach, style and the connection between psychiatry and photography…
we’re proud to introduce Georgios Karamanis to you today!Originally from Greece, Georgios moved to Uppsala, Sweden to work as a psychiatrist. Being devoted to the calm atmosphere and beautiful storytelling in his images for a long time, we dropped into Georgios’ holiday plans to ask him a few questions about his approach, style and the connection between psychiatry and photography…
Hello Georgios! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself: who are you, where do you come from, what do you do and what did you eat for breakfast today?
Hello everyone! So, I’m Georgios, I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. I moved to Sweden about 6 years ago. I live in Uppsala where I work as a psychiatrist and freelance photographer.
My breakfast was cereal with yogurt and honey, bread with peanut butter and frappé coffee. Not bad!
Wow! Is this your daily treat in Uppsala or are you somewhere special at the moment?
Actually, I’m on vacation with my girlfriend. We’re in Chalkidiki, Greece and it’s been really hot the last days!
How did you end up in Sweden? How’s life there?
The reason I moved to Sweden was my work. After medical school I did the first part of my training in Greece and then decided to move and continue in Sweden, which is a popular destination for Greek doctors. I lived in Stockholm for some months learning Swedish and then moved to Uppsala where I got a job.
Uppsala is a beautiful city, I really like it there. People are generally nice and coming from Greece hasn’t been a problem for me. I’m not the typical Greek and I always wanted to live abroad, so I really like living in Sweden and at the same time having the ability to come to Greece whenever I want.
Tell us a bit more about your work: being a psychiatrist and a freelance photographer is quite an unusual combination. Do you see synergies between these two professions? Or in other words: Do you photograph differently because you’re a psychiatrist?
That’s a good question. I don’t know if being a psychiatrist really affects the way I see the world as a photographer. I prefer to think that everything I do is influenced by my personality, experiences and interests. When it comes to psychiatry and photography for example, that would be my interest in the human behaviour or observing people in general.
Does that mean you do a lot of street photography? Are you inspired just by watching what’s going on on the streets, capturing fleetings moments?
I do like street photography a lot. As you said, I’m inspired by watching what’s happening around me when I walk, it’s so fascinating! I really enjoy looking around and seeing all these small details, how people interact with each other, their expressions or how they look in the environment at the moment. My street photography skills are not yet at the point where I can capture all the moments I see, but I’m still learning and trying to get better at it.
Please show us one of your recent images and tell us the story behind..
It’s an image I took at the airport in Zurich. I was at the airport waiting for my connection flight, when I saw this area with great light. It was generally dark and the lights from the ceiling were quite strong. I knew it would make a good image, so I stood there for some time and waited. The problem was that there were too many people walking to different directions, but I got lucky when the man in the suit walked just under the light.
Now that you’re on vacation, can you use some streetphotography practices at the beach?
Absolutely! I shoot every single day and since I’ve been to these places before, I don’t need to get any touristy shots. I like the high contrast of the direct sunlight, so it’s a good opportunity to make some images, I hope I have some good ones when I get home.
Tell me a bit about how you select your photos. Your photo stream on EyeEm looks very selected, it seems like you only share very few of your snaps.
Nice to hear that. I’m bad at sharing everyday snaps, I want every image I share online to have some artistic value. I’ve always considered EyeEm as of higher quality than some other photo sharing platforms and I don’t feel I have to upload every single image here, so I’ve been trying to share only the best images and be as consistent as I can.
Would you say that photography is part of your life?
Photography is definitely part of my everyday life and it’s growing more and more! I typically shoot when I’m on my way to somewhere. I try to make some images every day, it doesn’t matter if they’re good or bad, I just shoot to keep in shape!
Sometimes I’ll go out for a photo walk either by myself or with my friend Niklas, who is also interested in street photography and a very interesting person to talk to. Recently I was in Stockholm and met with some talented guys from the Stockholm streettogs group, a relatively new but very active and promising community!
Final question: on what projects are you currently working on?
I’m still working on my summer project, it’s the first time I shoot during vacations having a project on mind, so I don’t know how the images will turn out. I’ve also done a shooting for a friend who has a medical lab and I’ve started editing the photos for his website.
Thank you for the interview, Georgios!