I realised how hard it is to be an 'insider' photographer...The first time I attended the volunteers' initiative in delivering bread to unemployed people in a parish, I was shocked. I cried behind my camera. So I decided to leave. I returned on another day a week later. My feelings were still very intense...When I got uncomfortable or subjected to persistent gazes I put my camera down.
"...We lose our life again as we have built it, as we thought we chose it, as we thought it belonged to us. We'll make it. Because, in the end, the only fear we have is to face the only thing that we really have; our face in the mirror....We stayed outdoors in tents for years. We have lost our homes, villages and lives forever. We have been waiting every day for years for our missing ones. For decades, we heard planes in the sky and we were terrified that a new bombardment could be resumed at any moment. We have allowed ‘small’ politicians to behave like lords. We have experienced injustice, loss, abandonment. We know them all, seen it all, lived it all. Why are we afraid now?” (Source: Alkinoos Ioannides ‘Eleftheroi Poliorkimenoi’, March 2013).