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THE MATI TRAGEDY

How can one not see nature as wicked after such a tragedy? And how can one not see humans as helpless, as we blame the tragedy upon eachother as hundreds burn to death?

In my mind, humans are indeed trivial at most times. What we truly care about is how we can bang that chick Suzie from work and how we can get that parking spot up-front so that everybody can see how important we are.

But there are times when our mundane concerns go away at breakneck speed. Times like those we lived a month and a half ago.

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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm

We truly are petty at times; but it’s our greatness that defines us, when it chooses to resurface. People took action to respond to this tragedy in an orchestrated manner. Food, medicine, clothes, blood and all kinds of supplies arrived from every corner of Greece and abroad. Volunteers came to ground zero in order to help in any way they could. After a month and a half from Greece’s wildfire tragedy, the situation is much better than I expected.

Life found a detour around death. Life always finds a way.

In times like these, it is easier to let images speak for themselves.

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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Kodak Portra 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Kodak Portra 400
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A piece of paper on the garden gate of a burned house. It reads "we are fine", reassuring the neighbors that they cheated death. Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Yin & Yang Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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The untouched white church at the back allows pious assumptions. Canon AE-1 / Kodak Portra 400
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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One of the few remaining burned cars, found in the yard of its owner. Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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A piece of paper on the garden gate of a burned house, stating that the dog inside is not abandoned and should not be messed with. Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Kodak Portra 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Slight double exposure of the wasteland. Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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Canon AE-1 / Ilford HP5 Plus 400
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The game of life. Nikon D5500 / Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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A burnt trunk with limb-like branches lies on the ground, looking like a crucifix.
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The foreground dead branches make room for the green plants sprouting from the ashes. Life always finds a way.

I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. I would like to dedicate this reportage to those who perished.

May we never forget; may we never repeat.

2 Comments
  • Marula Benetatos
    Reply September 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful photos.

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