Panos Mary Explores Mythological Concepts Of Place
On the island of Crete, 840 meters above sea level, lies the Lassithi Plateau. The mythology and fertile lands of this natural fortress are the subjects of ‘Cornucopia’ by Greek photography duo, Panos Charalampidis and Mary Chairetaki.
“History runs deep here”, the pair explain, deeming the project a “personal artistic research into the plateau’s elusive identity”. It is a series that looks at the reality of everyday life in Lassithi; where an aging population faces problems compounded by the Greek financial crisis and isolation. It is also a series that draws upon the rich mythologies inherent to Lassithi; from the birth of Zeus to the bridal bed of Europa, the goddess whose name the continent of Europe adopted. “We felt an inexplicable connection to this place,” the pair explain. “As reflective practitioners, we persistently confront our experiences of this place, while shaping an unintended path that is open to interpretation.”