Korina – Ceramics Allatini

Korina is a dancer we met through Maria and Eftihia. She has been dancing for many years and she claims she will be dancing even at an old age if she is able to. She has been experimenting with all kinds of dancing including ballet, jazz, latin, hip hop, contemporary, pole dancing, and aerial dancing. We chose Korina for this photoshoot because the concept we had at hand, combined of course with the area we gained access to, matched Korina’s “rougher” characteristics and style.

Korina is not your typical student in Thessaloniki; a city that is generally swarming with students. Being a bookworm but fresh, and usually in a mode of unrest, she has been studying as a Librarian in the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Sindos, while fiercely pursuing her passion for dancing. Korina was able to relate to the concept immediately and thus produce a set that would portray the quest to escape sadness, identifying the need for change, and the pursuit to make it happen.

Korina also proved to be quite tough, walking barefoot about a deserted factory. Many might think this is an easy task, but gracefully avoiding broken glass, debris and splinters while dancing at the same time is not the safest of feats. In the same way, although the weather seemed to be very promising just one day before the main photoshoot, in the end we managed to get Korina to catch a cold that made us reschedule a necessary second photoshoot until temperatures in Thessaloniki got a lot better.

Shooting at Allatini

Allatini was founded in 1858 with a focus on two distinct businesses, ceramics manufacture and flour milling. Ever since, and to make a very long story short, the administration of Allatini has shifted the core of its operations in an effort to make the most viable of options available to the company’s future. This constant quest for change (something that would exhaust and scare most companies and their personnel) has left Allatini still standing with a completely new purpose and strategy formed in 2009. The photoshoot took place in Allatini’s first ceramics factory in Thessaloniki; a factory that has been abandoned since the 70s and is now only a part of the companies realty assets.

The reason we chose to shoot at the Allatini factory is the historical background of the company, being a living example that promotes constant change, as well as the deserted factory facilities look and feel. The reason for going for the deserted and broken down look lies behind the fact that since Greece is not going through its brighter historical moments, its people have a somewhat similar appearance. The fact that they are now going through the process of change, makes the parallelism even stronger. Allatini as a company had to reinvent itself to survive, and so do the people of Greece.

As always, trying to reflect on our photoshoots to pinpoint which were the biggest issues we faced we came up with the following: an enormous photography playground is never a good thing when it comes with the “business hours” time constraint; especially when three photographers and a dancer have to accomplish perfect coordination. Spending a day scouting the factory facilities prior to the photoshoot only made things worse because we found enough material for more concepts we could actually shoot. This led us to the decision of splitting the photoshoot in two parts and thus making it necessary to visit the Allatini facilities twice.

We would like to give special thanks to two people who made this photoshoot possible, Allatini Ceramics CEO Mr. Kotsia, who allowed the B.A.D. crew to roam in the deserted factory, and of course our Maria who once again assisted in styling, dressing and preping our dancer for the shoot.

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