CULTURE

A photographer captures the world through children

Using her sensibility and intelligence, photographer Anna Papoulia takes photos of children and reveals entire worlds reflected in their eyes. So far Papoulia has traveled to Baghdad to record the Iraqi children’s sad smiles, living the wounds of the war and the embargo. She has also visited Russia, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and China, among other places. Papoulia’s most recent project takes her back to her roots, to Epirus. An exhibition of works titled «I Geitonia Mas, Ta Paidia – Simera kai Hthes – sto Nisi ton Ioanninon» (Our Neighborhood, Children – Past and Present – on the Ioannina Island) is part of a cultural festival organized by the Zosimaia School’s alumni association. Papoulia photographs children living on the island of the Ioannina Lake and juxtaposes them against images of those who were once children – the elderly. In this way, Papoulia builds a structure based on the human element on the one hand and the passage of time on the other. The Ioannina island is a special microcosm inhabited by about 300 permanent residents, where children grow up with a sense of security, freedom and lots of spare time for outdoor activities. Papoulia’s photographic journey will be showcased at the Ioannina island until September 11.