Bitter Life • Photographs by Fotini Masika
“Bitter Life” is a project documenting the greater region of Athens’ centre, shot by greek photographer Fotini Masika and published in March 2018. What started merely as simple observation of an urban curiosity soon evolved to a contemplation on life’s fundamental questions. A nonstop inner dialogue shaped in the form of a notebook where collected thoughts match emotions deriving from each picture.
Despite its title, Fotini’s book has nothing in common with bitterness. In the contrary: it deals with fears and sorrows and the continuous effort of being alive, in a positive way. It is above all an ode to life and a reminder to not take anything for granted; a reminder to be humble. For most people the orange trees depicted in her book are related to spring, “in this time of the year they start to bloom, and the scent of their flowers is something words cannot describe. These trees are literally everywhere, they are resistant to cold, to air pollution, they require very little water and can stand the heat of the summer. They produce a ridiculous large amount of fruits determined to just fall on the ground and stay there, rotting in time“. This “waste of life” was the spark that got her to start documenting this phenomenon in the first place.
Since literature has been the most defining thing in Fotini’s life – her oldest love, right after photography and graphic design – a quote by Samuel Becket perfectly sums up the main spread of her book: “In me there have always been two fools, among others, one asking nothing better than to stay where he is and the other imagining that life might be slightly less horrible a little further on.”
Bitter Life – by Fotini Masika
March 2018 / Athens, Greece
Softcover / Saddle Stitch
Size: 15 x 20 cm
Number of pages and images: 36 / 20
Indigo Digital Offset print
Paper: Cover: Rives Tradition Br.White Sens.Gloss 270g – Pages: Munken Polar Rough 170g
“Bitter Life” is available through Fotini Masika’ website → fotinimasika.com