March 19, 2021

Street Photography in Athens


I have always loved Street Photography, but it wasn't until late 2018 that I actually started to get dedicated to that genre. Having always lived in European cities my images reflect the urban everyday life. For the past one year and a half I have been photographing regularly on the streets of Athens. 
Here's my photo project IN THE MEANTIME, IN ATHENS, if you'd like to see...



Street photography (and by that I certainly mean candid photography), in my experience, is a surprisingly difficult photographic genre to practice in Athens, Greece. That said, for the past two years until now things have changed drastically. Any one in a public space taking photos of strangers these days is almost guaranteed to come under some type of suspicion. In other words, Street photography is incredibly challenging. 

I remember there were times where I would get yelled at by a stranger. I remember how I felt threatened on that day. I would always try to stay calm and explain them what I was doing. Ideally if a rational discussion results, then the problem could be resolved constructively.





Perhaps people feel threatened - not everyone likes being photographed - actually. But street photography is all about taking candid pictures of strangers in a public place. As female street photographers I don't think we have an inherent advantage because people feel less threatened. In my experience, many people don't like having their picture taken. Perhaps they feel as though taking a photo of them is an invasion of their privacy. And it's okay.

I sometimes shoot from the hip. But, even so, there's always a possibility to get noticed by passers-by. For my "When People Toil" project I shot the entire body of work from the hip like a scaredy-cat. It was especially tricky as that area is quite unsafe to walk around. 

But I am still having a love affair with Street photography but hash, that's a secret!

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! xx

betty manousos street photography in athens

betty manousos athens street photography

My website: Betty Manousos Photography.

March 12, 2021

The Ocean of Plastics

My dears, I hope you're all well, staying safe and healthy during this pandemic.

There are times I lie awake at night wondering what might our future hold. What will the world look like after Covid-19? Living through these difficult times invites serious reflection not only on existential questions, but on how global challenges such as climate change or ocean pollution will hit us all even though they may seem less pressing in this moment. 


My vision of an eco-conscious world is about changing our attitudes in a way that helps the environment around us. Arguably plastic pollution is a global problem and one of the most crucial environmental threats that we face today. Plastics are littering our cities and eventually ending up in the ocean. Over time, sunlight, wind, and salt break them down into small fragments, micro-plastics. Sadly, fish eat plastic and/or can get tangled up in plastic waste contributing to health problems in humans and marine life. 
It's enough to make you cry over your grilled fish. 
 
All countries should consider plans and strategies to phase out non-biodegradable pollutants by recycling of plastic waste items and also to express their commitment. Their role is critical. They must develop measures to phase the harmful effects of the plastic pollution on the environment. 
With this ongoing photography project I wanted to help create awareness about this serious issue, and inspire people to take action. It always surprises me how we lost our connection to nature and our natural surroundings. 

I was recently on a boat trip. It was so sad to see a fish trapped inside a plastic bag. That hurt me a lot... 
I am working hard to reach my goal; to stop plastic pollution.

Here's my ongoing "The Ocean of Plastics" project awarded a Special Mention and published on URBANAUTICA INSTITUTE , if you'd like to check it out...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx







February 19, 2021

Mid-February




Hello everyone! Hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. I, personally, have been coping with an uncomfortable facial skin inflammation, a rash, or perioral dermatitis that occurred around my mouth and chin. (Photo below.) Getting a professional opinion is a must, but I thought I'd rather seek help without an in-person trip to the doctor's office under the circumstances. So I managed to use telemedicine contacting my dermatologist. Luckily he was able to work with me using pictures of my skin lesions sent by phone.


On another note, over the last two weeks, I have been enjoying the uncommon warm weather by going for walks around the neighborhood. Definitely there are signs of spring around us in mid-February. Yep! Spring is just around the corner.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! xx

January 29, 2021

Accepting the New Normal

When lockdown was announced, I realized that my life would have to change. Let's accept it. Life has changed because of the virus. Ahh, how I would love to travel, not sure when or if that will happen with this darn pandemic. Despite these uncertain times, the silver lining for me is that I'm more committed than ever to live with less; spend less and recycle more. I urge you to find yours, if you haven't already.

I keep being optimistic, I try to be as busy and focused as possible. There are still things we can enjoy even in this dreary period.Taking a trip to the beach or a stroll in the park will improve our mood and reduce stress, which can make us feel happier, physicians say. Oh, what a relief!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

December 18, 2020

9 Ideas On How to Enjoy the Holidays During the Pandemic


























The 2020 Holidays are likely to be far different than our past celebrations. We are in the midst of the virus pandemic - limiting our ability to gather - and this can be a fearful, painful, and trying time for many. However, keeping our joyful spirit alive is so important. I rounded up a few ideas on how to enjoy the holidays during the pandemic and thought I'd share them with you.

1. Think positive - as you stay safe during the holidays.

2. Embrace a holiday attitude.

3. Decorate any room in your home with string lights. (I love twinkle lights.)

4.Create a seasonal centerpiece for your dinner table. Pine-cones, bunches of green leaves, candles, Christmas ornaments, etc. to set the mood.

5. Use your favorite tablecloths, placemats for meals.

6. Place a few votives on a plate and enjoy your food in soft lighting.

7. Spread some holiday sheer by baking a bunch of Christmas cookies - everybody loves to cuddle up on the couch with hot cocoa in one hand and a freshly-baked cookie in another. You'll warm up your entire home and fill it with delightful smell.

8. Have a good bottle of wine - it doesn't necessarily have to be expensive. A nice glass of wine can really help you relax and unwind as you enjoy a satisfying dinner.

9. Try to wear your favorite clothes or whatever makes you happy as much as possible. Experts say that what we wear can have a huge impact on our mood.

Hope you have a great day. Stay safe!

Merry Christmas (to those who celebrate), Happy Holidays! 

Lots of love. xx

How to make your house smell amazing during the Holidays.

(Top Photo by Jill Wellington.)














November 13, 2020

One of the Most Famous Photos in History



{Stanley Forman's famous photograph "Woman Falling from Fire Escape 1975".}

Stanley Forman was a well-known photographer working for the Boston Herald when he attended the scene of a fire. But this famous photograph raised ethical questions about when a photographer should...read on

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, take care! xx

(Photo by Stanley Forman.)

November 06, 2020

Cozy Tray Table



My lovelies, Happy Friday! So I've always enjoyed eating dinner in the living room. Of course, Sunday dinners around the table were a family tradition and a staple of my childhood - but it's all about how you shift to what works for you now. You see, I tend to live in and inhabit my space in a more flexible way.

How cozy this folding tray table is!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx 

(Photo via IKEA .)