Creative and resourceful as nobody else. The kind of person who has art in their blood. - Edgar Rojas Cervantes
Vassaras is a small village community in the Peloponnese mountains in Greece. It was once a thriving community of over 2000 inhabitants with many tavernas cafes and shops. By 2011 this had become a warm welcoming community of fewer than 150 inhabitants, the vast majority over the age of 60. Vassaras like many other similar towns and villages, is spread over two villages Vassaras and Veria, (its summer village up the mountain) but also has large communities in Boston, Chicago, New York and also parts of Australia. It lies in the mountains surrounding Sparta and its way of life has been preserved and seems untouched by the current economic crisis in Greece. It is out of time. In the summer months the town swells with visiting Vassarai on a mission to submerge themselves in their families cultural roots. Its local newspaper a monthly publication reflects this as it contains stories and information from all these communities combined. Many of the local’s families live abroad and have done so for many years since they emigrated.
This project was inspired and sprung into action on seeing Kristitsa for the first time… a wonderful character with a face telling many tales. Over two weeks in December 2011 the streets, fields and roads of Vassaras were wandered in an attempt to capture portraits of the villagers, capturing them in their day-to-day activities. Many were in the olive fields and in their homes while others were in their place of work in the remaining two tavernas and mini market.