Dimitra Stasinopoulou was born in Athens in 1953. She worked for twenty years for banking sector and she resigned in 1994 to work for the family business in Romania. In 2005 her first book Romania of My Heart was published. From then on her love for travelling in remote destinations of the world and her need to share the images she was bringing back, led her to the publication of the books: Bhutan, Smiling Faces from the Roof of the World, India – Unity in Diversity, Bhurma’s Plea – Please use your freedom to promote ours, and Papua New Guinea.
Some words from the photographer
“The world only exists when it is shared” as a Greek poet said.
Interest in photography came late in my life. I began travelling and photographing places and people that were distant from the “modern” western way of life, following another, different, course. I am most excited by people, places and cultures that have not been overtaken yet by the homogeneity of the west. I love the color and texture of those places, the vitality of life and their rituals and symbolisms. Ι shoot what moves me; I shoot from my heart to tell the visual stories I love and care about, discovering what it means seeing rather than merely looking. For me photos, and more specifically people’s photos, are emotional experiences. With my camera, I am searching to find not only what separates us from these people, but also what unites us. No matter how many journeys one might take, whichever part of the planet they may find themselves, every time they will see the cheeky smile of a child, the impetuous gaze of the adults and the stoic, welcome expression of the elders demonstrating that, under the successive layers of culture, we all have the same face, the same voice, the same body.
With photography we cannot change the world, but we can change minds and touch hearts. That is the reason why I’m a photographer… to give a voice to those in silence.
"… Sometimes my camera acts as a mirror. With it I can collect light and express what can’t be described with words. With it I can free myself from the world. In these images you can see my heart, these images are a ladder to my dreams", as quoted from Gregory Colbert’s "Ashes and Snow". I believe he is expressing poetically and with great accuracy every amateur and professional photographer, every person who has sensed the magic of capturing in a frame a little something from the light of people and nature.