the foreigner.

Title: the foreigner.

Photographer/s: John Pitsakis

Date of publication: 17 October 2012

Dimensions: 5×8 inches (13×20 cm)

Edition size: POD

Type of binding: soft cover, perfect binding

Number of pages: 60 pages

Type of paper: Standard, 80#, 118 GSM

Number of pictures: 37

Type of printing: Four colour

Printer: blurb

Publisher: blurb

Designer: clrblnd.com

Editor: John Pitsakis

Language: English

Category: POD

Price: £10.95

Summary: [The longer, book length version of the project "The Foreigner".]

‘The foreigner sees only what he knows.’
-African Proverb-

This is an exercise on the subtle conflict between “looking” and “seeing”.
Based upon personal experiences and the realization of the inherent and unavoidable biases of perception, the semblance of reality and what it stands for can only be trusted with caution. Facing an alien environment, it is unsettling to realize the vast amount of preconceptions, visualizations and simplifications stored in our minds. It is almost impossible to shake them off and even more baffling to question the need of it. A perverse illusion of continuity is firmly embedded in our brains and any conflict with the observed will be explained away.
The only salvation seems to be the acknowledging of the counter-intuitive obvious: no matter how hard one tries to look, one can only see what he already knows.

Shot throughout parts of India, in spring 2012.

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 12 December 1976, Athens, Greece

Website: http://johnpitsakis.com

Book link: http://www.blurb.com/books/3637853

Donated by: John Pitsakis

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