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
Editor: John Pitsakis
Summary: [The longer, book length version of the project "The Foreigner".]
‘The foreigner sees only what he knows.’
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
Book link: http://www.blurb.com/books/3637853
Donated by: John Pitsakis