Our readers picks #252 both captures the nuances of the urban space. Although, while Babis Kougemitros showcases unpopulated areas, Fernanda Peruzzo prefers to photograph human presence.

Babis Kougemitros

Babis Kougemitros discovered photography during a seminar dedicated to the media. There, he dove into the works of classical artists, discovering with delight a deeper dimension to the image. “I am mostly interested in urban, suburban and natural landscapes. Even when humans are included in my frames, I focus on their relationship with their environment”, the photographer tells us. Defining his approach as documentary and personal, he likes to reinterpret reality rather than presenting it faithfully. In Edgelands, a strange and thrilling series, he captures with a flash a transitional nocturnal space. “The featured pictures are the product of wandering in several places and areas of Attica, in the zone between the city edges and the countryside. They depict vague, ambiguous and constantly changing landscapes that people’s misconceptions often reject as being ugly or aesthetically unworthy”, he explains. An intriguing story, sublimating marginalised places.

© Babis Kougemitros

Fernanda Peruzzo

After studying photojournalism in the 1990s, Fernanda Peruzzo turned to printed media. Only when she moved to Paris in 2011 did photography came back into her life. “In 2017, I started a training course at the Berlin Neue Schule fur Fotografie, and it helped me organise my concepts and my thoughts”, the photographer tells us. Her favourite topics? “Simple stories and everyday life”, she says. A taste for the mundane which pushed her towards street photography. Her series Anachronisms is divided into three chapters, Paris, Italy and Berlin. “This project deals with the notion of time, the presence of the past, timelessness, repetition and immobility: those things that never change even when everything is evolving around them”, the photographer explains. Old people, ancient cities and centenary architectures inhabit her pictures, composing an ode to the past – that time that shaped an uncertain present.

© Fernanda Peruzzo