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Impending growth

Thessaloniki, Greece – November 2018

‘Impending Growth’ refers to the landscape that has been formed in anticipation of growth during the economic crisis in Greece up till now.

A crisis that is now being treated as something that has passed like a wound that has recovered, but the results of this return to normality are yet to be seen, and no one knows if and when this will happen at all. As in the myth of Sisyphus, every time it approaches the top something happens and the rock falls at the beginning of the mountain inaugurating a new Calvary.

People look like they have adapted to this infinite struggle like living in a loop. One test succeeds another, and every now and then a new sacrifice is required to enable the coveted goal to be attained. People on pause. Plots and houses that have been transformed into urban landscapes of abandonment. A situation that has reduced misery and deprivation to a normal condition of living. Until the economic growth arrives, this situation of what one would describe as lethargy seems to become permanent.

All images were taken from 2012 to 2020 in Thessaloniki and Athens where as being the largest cities of the country they absorbed most of the problem.

Thessaloniki, Greece – November 2018
Thessaloniki, Greece – November 2012
Thessaloniki, Greece – April 2014
Athens, Greece – July 2019
Athens, Greece – March 2020
Athens, Greece – May 2018
Athens, Greece – March 2019
Athens, Greece – September 2019
Athens, Greece – August 2019
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Lefteris Paraskevaidis

I was born and raised in Thessaloniki. Besides my professional engagement with photography I like to work with projects that allow me to investigate and discover and the different aspects of everyday life and the behavior of the individual within them as well as the stereotypes that have formed the modern perceptions. I am currently living and working in Athens, Greece.

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