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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 July 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JULY 2016 15 Petros Delentas in Piso Livadi. MARIS here," he explains. "My boat saved me. It was my anchor that brought me back to Paros and with which I was able to build my life. So that I could escape from a life as a sailor. This boat is my love." On the same boat, Vaggelis Parousis, another fisherman born in 1945, says that "if I do not see any sea, I do not live. If I had to stay in Athens, I would not even survive a whole twenty-four hours. I would go crazy." Seventy-two-year-old Filippas Tsantanis' grandfather was a fisherman, and his grandson always looked up to him. "They called him the Professor. I got Delentas’ boat, Manolis. Vaggelis Parousis in Aliki, Greece. Yannis Perantinos in Piso Livadi. reek fishermen and their traditional colourful wooden boats, the kaikia his nickname," Filipas says, explaining that in his family there have been many fishermen and sailors. "The individual branches of the family were distinguished by nicknames which are so old that no one knows when they originated. My grandfather often slept on his boat as he was always out there for days." Nikitas Malamatenios in Naoussa, owner of the boat Panagia, acknowledges that the future is not bright for their way of life. “The work is difficult and the income less than before. There’s no attraction for a new generation. "I have always been a fisherman − not out of necessity, but out of choice," he emphasises. Everyday life at sea, whether it be out of necessity or the toughness of this trade, does not seem like a viable option for younger Greeks, who are not only abandoning the fishing way of life but also abandoning the islands and villages for the big city. "Fishermen have swallowed the bait of the EU, and become fish themselves," concludes 55-year-old Kostantinos Stratis, commenting on the financial crisis which has taken its toll on the mainland while small businesses die for the sake of globalisation. Stemper's LUPIMARIS diptychs are without doubt one of the last impressions modern society will have of Greece's 'wolves of the sea'. Black and white, weathered faces juxtaposed with their colourful boats create a unique entendre, a dual reality. On the one hand, sea-beaten men, wrinkled by hardship, and on the other, small, wooden vessels, barely staying afloat. Both bearing the same marks. Marks of the times. Christian Stemper is a photographer based in Vienna. To buy his book (€49), prints and postcards head to lupimaris.com Parousis’ boat, Meropi. Perantinos’ boat, Popi.
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