FIVE CANARY YELLOW STRIPES

FIVE CANARY YELLOW STRIPES

by Antonis Katsouris

A typical scene, Canary Islands

under the subtropical sun of the Islas Canarias

Homeward bound, Canary Islands

using a large format camera

Parque de Santa Catalina, Gran Canaria

and Ektachrome film

Gran Canaria Landscape

by the German Elmar Ludwig

A Folk Group, Tajeda, Gran Canaria

sometime in the sixties

five postcards published by the Irish John Hinde Studios

five photographic tableaux; “memories” rather than representations since they permit to the viewer to start his own narration and continue it according to his/her desire.

five idealized images of vacations which have the privilege of an “added value”: the persons-cum-characters, the selection of clothes, the use of objects or even of flora as “extra” parts of a stylization, a mannerism, an elaborate magnification which make these cards rare samples of an idyllic and anachronistic camp…

camp postale

… which transports, shifts, “drifts” the scenes of the idylls to places and times of innocence, if not happiness, to the zone where both of them have the luxury of non classification, of originality, of endless disguise

postcards from Atopia.

 

 

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