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Interview with Lingerie & Swimwear Photography Category winner Nikos Papadopoulos

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Initially working on architecture photography for a few years, Nikos Papadopoulos swiched his focus to fashion photography, and has been working in this field for 20 years. He is the winner othe Lingerie & Swimwear Photography Category in the Production Paradise Spotlight Awards 2020.

Lingerie & Swimwear Photography Category winning image of the Spotlight Photo Awards 2020

Production Paradise: Tell us about the winning image – the idea behind it, how was it shot?

Nikos Papadopoulos: This image was shot for Sophie Deloudi’s campaign SS20, in Mykonos. Sophie is the most elegant Athenian beachwear designer. The model stands in front of a complex of five churches, Paraportiani, an iconic architectural structure, dating back to 1400. It’s considered to be a perfect example of Cycladic architecture, that comes in complete harmony with the aesthetic of the campaign.

Production Paradise: How do you feel about winning the Category Prize of Spotlight Awards 2020?

Nikos Papadopoulos: I feel very happy and honoured!

Production Paradise: How would you describe your style?

Nikos Papadopoulos:  I would describe my style as abstract, with clean and simple lines.

Production Paradise: Name three photographers that have inspired you.

Nikos: Τhere are definitely photographers that I admire for their work. Ι enjoy the “old”ones, where photography is more strongly present than fashion itself, such as Avedon, Lindberg, as well as Michael Jansen and Inez & Vinoodh.

Production Paradise: How did you end up behind the lens? Tell us about your career path.

Nikos Papadopoulos: I always liked photography, so I studied photography at the University of West Attica. Initially I was focused on architecture photography for a few years, and after 2000 I was attracted to fashion photography and still do it to this day.

Photographer: Nikos Papadopoulos

Production Paradise: What do you think is necessary to become a successful commercial photographer?

Nikos Papadopoulos: Definitely what a photographer needs is to be able to evolve, to be constantly informed about what is happening in the world and to constantly evolve himself. Definitely not to stand still. What is also equally important is to have an excellent technical training.

Production Paradise: If you weren’t a photographer, what would be your alternate career path?

Nikos Papadopoulos: To be honest, I can’t imagine doing anything other than photography. Nevertheless, I would potentially do something completely different and certainly not in the art industry. For example, I have always admired research scientists as well as doctors, and especially in the period we are going through, I admire the fact that every day they are trying to save lives.

Production Paradise: We believe you are not resting on your laurels – what are you working on now?

Nikos Papadopoulos: During the lockdown I took advantage of this time to deliver my previous projects and to organise my photo archive.

Production Paradise: Spotlight Awards had a judges’ panel composed of potential clients for commercial photographers – did that influence your choice of image(s) selected for your entry?

Nikos Papadopoulos: To be honest, it was a great chance to visit my recent work archives and spot my favourite image in this category, at that time 🙂

Production Paradise: What made you want to participate in these Awards?

Nikos Papadopoulos: My agency in Greece- THISISNOTANOTHERAGENCY– suggested to participate and I agreed, it was a very good idea.

We would like to thank Nikos for taking the time to share his experience with us! If you want to see more of his work, visit his member page or his website.

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