Photographer Interview: Alexia Liakounakou

Who are you and what do you do?

Ι’m Alexia. A writer and photographer living between London and Athens (Greece). I work in magazines and am the managing editor at Makeshift.

How did you get started in photography?

I began photographing with my mother’s camera at the age of 14. It was a Nikon FM3. My first subjects were my school friends. At 16, I photographed my best friend in my first ‘semi nude’ project.

What do you like about your photography?

That what you capture is slightly – or very – different from what you aim for. It’s always a surprise. It keeps me on my toes.

Where do you get inspiration for your style/ideas?

I think I am very influenced by paintings and Japanese art. I also get constantly influenced by other photographers; old and contemporary.

Fill in blank: “For me, a camera is my way to…”

turn reality into fantasy; escape

Your photography has a documentary approach. What kinds of themes do you explore with your work?

It’s both documentary and ‘art’ photography (I don’t like distinguishing things too much, or put labels on them).

My major themes are urban landscapes, flowers, and human bodies. I lately have an obsession with hands.

Any upcoming projects or shoots you’re working on?

I’m planning an exhibition in Greece (Feb-March 2016), and I’m now shooting street, mostly. I now use my phone camera a lot.

I want to shoot nude women again, in the near future.

Follow Alexia’s work on her personal site, @languorouseye, and on Instagram.