This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a SEL20F28 lens, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.
Last year my German friend and fellow Street Hunter, Klaus Scherer, visited my little home town of Rethymno and together we took quite a few photo walks in search of good street photos. It was the summer of 2014 and back then I was constantly looking for new material for my ongoing project “Life Through a Window”. As you can tell by the title of the project, it is all about capturing slices of life as they unfold behind windows. I was obsessed with shooting people through any kind of window and whenever I saw an opportunity to add a new photo to my project I would pounce on it like a wild cat.
It was around this time that I was really into film too. I remember that I was shooting a roll of film every day back then. When Klaus visited we decided to shoot film and digital but we would stick to one medium per day. So, on one day we would be 100% film and on another we would be 100% digital. This particular day, I was shooting digital and I had my trusty Sony NEX-6 in my hand, with its super fast and accurate AF and really awesome image quality. We were walking up Arabatzoglou street, a busy street full of little shops, looking around trying to navigate successfully between the numerous tourists that were visiting Rethymno at the time, when I saw an open window and my “little project radar” started beeping. After a step or two I got closer and there I saw this sweet old lady who was busy embroidering. She was so focused on her task that she never noticed me lift my camera to my eye and press the shutter. The slightly noticeable shutter release went click, but her intense focus and the noise of the street disguised my action. I had taken the photo I wanted and I was really happy that I had added another photograph to my project.