Voices of Cyprus

PhotographerAlexandros Demetriades
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryNicosia, Cyprus
Photo Date2010/2011
Technical InfoLeica M9 35/28 mm
Entry Description

Cyprus remains a divided country despite its 'borders’' opening in 2003 between North and South and its accession to the EU in 2004. A referendum in 2004 under a UN backed plan failed to reunite the island. Each community is locked inside its own sphere of influences and beliefs, blaming each other for bringing “unacceptable proposals” to the negotiating table. Uncertainty and anxiety over the future persist, whilst old beliefs still linger like vestiges of the past. The result is a feeling of acquiescence of the present status quo but also sometimes of isolation.

About Photographer

Alexandros Demetriades was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1967. He studied Economics and Financial Investments at the George Washington University were he later received an MBA. After a short stint in the financial world he made the decision to leave and create a multi-disciplinary design firm. Since 2009 Alexandros is pursuing his photographic aspirations. He tries to capture the inner life within, unfolding a secret but unconfined and peculiar world that sometimes surfaces, making us feel that we somehow all belong. His visual diary is a search of his own intuitive truth.