September 03, 2021

Welcome Fall!

Hello my dears! Hope y'all are doing well. I know it's been a while since I posted on here as I've been down for the past three weeks; sometimes things get so out of control...stress, family health issues, headache. I was tired, mostly I was walking up tired. 

On another note, hard to believe that summer is over, but I must say that I am ready to let go of the heat and humidity this summer brought to some parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including the place I live. Global warming they say.

Well, I am so ready for Autumn! Fall is cosy and calm, generous and giving and carries beautiful colors in its pocket.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! xx

July 30, 2021

Bereavement Hallucination

Home isn't a place; it's a feeling. That said, my home holds so many memories for me. Sometimes I fleetingly feel my parents' presence, as if they were still alive. It's such a weird feeling... 

In the months after they died, it was hard to be in the house without them. It still is. It was their house and it still feels like they should be here. Every corner is filled with their life. I love my house. How could I not? 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

June 25, 2021

Rosy Cooler + Have a Great Summer!

Hello everybody! I hope you are all doing well. Remember, the weekend is a time to relax. I'm pretty sure you will be able to find something that really interests you and I hope you take time to rest, refresh and relax over the weekend.

Have a great one! xx

Here's a CUT and DRY post you might have missed. A refreshing, versatile and easy to make Cocktail for those dog days of summer. 

May 28, 2021

Summertime + Have a Lovely Weekend

So, in my childhood days, summers meant everything. For me, summer is all about beach and nature, wildflowers, longer days and peaceful sounds of crickets at night. When summer is in full swing what better way to beat the heat than spending some time in the countryside. Countryside is an incredibly relaxing environment. The air is fresh and quiet and time flows differently in the countryside. It will remind you how humans are supposed to live. 

Here's a delicious summer Summer Cocktail.

Hope you have a lovely, relaxing weekend! xx

May 07, 2021

An Inspirational Quote

"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk I should avoid at all costs and that is the risk of doing nothing. ~D. Waitley

I really like this quote because it stimulates and motivates me to action. In fact, it stimulates my brain and gives me any positive feelings I need to cope with life after very extended periods in lockdowns.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx 

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. Anyone 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