“To me, photography is about capturing a single point of a moment,if you keep creating these points, they form a line which reflects your life. This is how and why I take pictures.” Demetri Parides. We came across Demetri’s disposable camera project and had never seen anything cuter. Moment after moment of his 2 girls growing up in a story and aesthetic we couldn’t ignore. So we sent him a TWC camera and Kit and he snapped for his feature. Lucky to capture some more of those great moments as well as archive his project here on TWC.
Where do you live? Or base your work out of?
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I guess mid 20s, sometimes in my teens, I’m a big kid at heart.
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move? why?
Japan no questions asked, there is something about Japan that draws me there, it’s some odd connection that I cannot explain, maybe I was Japanese in a past life.What is your most essential appliance?my coffee pot.
If you could learn any language fluently what would it be?
What’s your favorite home cooked meal?
Man there are so many but my all-time favorite would have to be Tava, it is a Cypriot lamb and rice dish my grandma makes.
If you could time travel – past or future? Where would you go and why?
It’s a tie between 1970s Tokyo and 1970s Manhattan. I would have loved to shoot the streets of Manhattan in the 70s and to be in Tokyo in the 70s with so many talented photographers at their prim and all those exploitation films.
Do you have a favorite photographer?
There are so many great photographers out there who inspire me from Daido Moriyama to Garry Winogrand to William Eggleston but my all-time favorite photographer is Nobuyoshi Araki.
What was your favorite part of contributing to the ThroughWHOSE project?
I really enjoyed the whole thing and am really horned to be a part of the project.
A consistent theme throughout your disposable archive and the roll you shot for us is your 2 girls! Are they inspiration for your disposable project? Can you tell us more about your ongoing disposable project and these 2!?
I always wanted to do a 365 type of a project, the first 2 times I tried things just didn’t work out. This project came to mind by accident. On Black Friday 2011, Walgreens had the Kodak disposable camera 2 packs buy one get one free, so of course I bought all the cameras theyhad in the store, about 20. My oldest at the time was only 3 months old and my wife was pregnant with our second. I started taking pictures with the cameras but instead of finishing a roll I would open another camera and start shooting, it ended up that I had cameras all over the house, when I started developing them I realized they covered over a years’ worth of memories. I still have about half the cameras left, so I’m still shooting, and Ill keep shooting until I can’t, leaving my girls with tons of photos and memories. My 2 girls are my life, everything revolves around them. I am constantly taking pictures of them, its just what I do. They are 2 and 1 so there always on the move so to have them stand still get the right focus and exposure aint happening, so the disposable camera makes a perfect camera for freezing them without worrying about any technical stuff.
The photo titled “Lunch Break” is great, do you always have a disposable at hand?
Thanks, yeah I try and have at least one camera with me wherever I am. I always have one on me, one in my wife’s car and one in my car, you always have to be ready. I think it was Nobuyooshi Araki who once said that if you see the shot it’s already gone.
Did you enjoy the “Hit List”? If you could add 3 things to it what would they be?
Yes the Hit List was defiantly fun.
If I could add 3 things to it I would make them 3 personal things
1. A Loved One
2. Your House Or Street
3. Something You Could Not Live Without
Cute! What an incredible shot, can you provide a dialogue for the subjects? (re: photo titled “CHEESEEE!!!!”)
Thank you, these two always crack me up. This shot would not have been possible without a disposable camera, if I had my Nikon or Leica I so would have missed this moment trying to focus. I can give you the exact dialogue.
Me: Girls quick say cheese