Fed up of miserable winter weather now the excitement of Christmas and New Year is over? Well, photographer Yiorgos Kordakis has the perfect antidote.
Now on show at the M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, is a collection of images photographs by this exciting, young Greek photographer. The exhibition, entitled 'Global Summer' runs until January 24th. Radiant, hazy and seductive, Kordakis’ pictures hover on the borders of obliteration. They have nothing in common with seaside pictures of frolicking children and bikini clad beauties, but rather have an otherworldly quality, as if the scenes existed outside of time. “I am not a reporter,” he says. “I don't want to make a statement or claim that I was present. I prefer to be a distant observer of our natural tendency as human beings to be attracted by the water.” The inhabitants of his seascapes seem to live in desert-like space, relieved only by touches of blue sky and sea. Though he includes beaches in countries as diverse as India, Lebanon, Denmark, France, Greece and the United States, their similarities outweigh their differences. With inspired instinct, he recognised that there is something far more than sensual pleasure that draws people to these locales.
Born in Athens in 1973, Yiorgos Kordakis studied automotive design in Turin, Italy and media management in London. He has published four books of photographs and has exhibited in galleries in Greece, Germany and England, as well as his most recent critically acclaimed show at the Karsten Greve Gallery in Paris. This will be Kordakis first exhibition at M+B and in the United States.