This interview of my cousin Alvertos Revach was recorded pre-Covid-19 and, as I finally sit to write it down, I realize that, in a way, at least for me sentimentally, it happens to be relevant to these difficult times… Because it is in dark times like these that our primal fears take central stage; that we look within and quest for what is really of essence. Time is of essence, as it is not a given fact anymore, and we all wonder what the next day will bring. Family is of essence, those close to our heart, those we care and worry about the most, those we want to talk to, facetime and long to meet again. On a personal level, blog-wise, what has become of essence is to write, not just to produce pretty pictures and content, but to learn and evolve from the answers I get from my interviewees, who ultimately, take me a step further, not only from my own knowledge, but also from my own point of view. And as I’m writing these very words, I can’t help thinking how proud I am of my cousin Alvertos; of the way he thinks and acts, as well as of his deep concern about animal rights and environmental issues (long before they became a popular content on social media). He is a man with the courage to express his opinion and speak up in a kind, yet, firm and straight-forward manner, and even more so, to put his thoughts into action!
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Petr Shevchenko is a really good friend. Together we’ve had many laughs; he is kind-hearted and is always there to listen and encourage me. He is an amazing artist and I truly adore his art that channels so much spirituality and magic! His great talent will be showcased in a collateral event in this year’s Venice Biennale. Petr was born in Russia and raised in Switzerland and has been living in Athens for the past eight years, because he finds Greece wildly inspiring and loves its culture and people (Yes, he does!). He never ceases to remind me of the beauty of my own home country in fluent Greek, as he has become an avid speaker, turning our chats bilingual. I’m certain that many future interviews about him, will follow.
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I was acquainted with the gifted Elvira Panagiotopoulou, founder and designer of the Di Gaia luxury shoes, as well as Phi-male, her new collection of hand-made espadrilles, initially through Instagram; her unique, contemporary designs with pop, sexy, and Greek elements, immediately drew my attention! Later on, summer 2018, in Patmos, I met Elvira herself, a successful, dynamic, and beautiful woman with an international reputation – undoubtedly a Greek success story, and I asked her to let me visit her studio, learn more and admire her creations firsthand!
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I met the French photographer Richard Bellia at the Foyer of Pallas theatre in Athens, at the exhibition organized by Muse Constant, which kick-started the global tour of his book “An Eye on Music”. Bellia made his “rock photography” debut in 1980, and has since worked for publications like Melody Maker and Liberation, capturing music acts ranging from AC/DC, A Tribe Called Quest, Billy Corgan and Erykah Badu to Lana Del Rey, Marilyn Manson, Nirvana, Radiohead, Placebo and Tricky, to name a few. I was lucky to have an intense and fun conversation with him and his pictures of Paul McCartney and Nirvana as a backdrop. He was direct, polite and honest about his thoughts and work and gave me a sneak peek of what it is really like to go backstage, get to hang out with and make friends with rock legends! He also told me his raw unfiltered opinion on digital photography and selfies – which I must say I found very unique! Oh, and he also gave me some tips on how to pose and get a good photo – safe to say I learned from the Best! Merci beaucoup, Richard!
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Τα παραμύθια είναι πολλές φορές απατηλά: ο πρίγκιπας σώζει πάντα το ανήμπορο κορίτσι που βρίσκεται σε κίνδυνο· ο μοχθηρός, αιμοβόρος δράκος καταδιώκει και τρομάζει τα αθώα παιδιά και ούτω καθεξής … Σπάνια, βρίσκει κανείς μια αληθινή παιδική ιστορία που να αναφέρεται στην απώλεια κάποιου αγαπημένου προσώπου. Συναισθήματα και δύσκολες καταστάσεις που συμβαίνουν αναπόφευκτα σε όλα τα σπίτια, ανεξαιρέτως. Αυτό είναι το θέμα του πρώτου παιδικού βιβλίου της Φαίης Μπαρμπαλιά-Μάνεση, με τίτλο «Ο Αγαπημένος Παππούς», εμπνευσμένο από τον μοναδικό, πρωτοπόρο πατέρα της Ηλία Μπαρμπαλιά και τις αντιδράσεις και ερωτήσεις των παιδιών της, του Νίκου και της Ήλιας, για το θάνατο του. Καταγράφοντας την προσωπική της εμπειρία σε αυτό το τόσο ευαίσθητο θέμα, η Φαίη συνδύασε φαντασία και πραγματικότητα, τονίζοντας τη σημασία της αλήθειας και φυσικά της άπειρης αγάπης. Της εύχομαι, αυτή να είναι η αρχή πολλών ακόμη «αληθινών παραμυθιών», που τόσο οι ενήλικες όσο και τα παιδιά χρειάζονται εξίσου.
Zina Wilde is Greek, a life coach, and actress from Thessaloniki that made it to New York and became a member of the “Billions” cast, the TV show starring Damian Lewis, which is a mega hit! In this interview, she tells us her journey so far! Ever wondered how you can actually get cast in such hit TV shows? What is it like to be filming for such mega productions? How much stamina, perseverance, and determination does it take? How cool is Damian Lewis?
Constantinos Varvitsiotis is the man behind the “A to Z Greek”, a contemporary brand, a high-quality version of the greek souvenir, sold worldwide. He has been taking traditional greek summer symbols, such as the donkey, evil eye, watermelon, and turning them into pop fashion objects. I love the simplicity and pop of colors his designs have, blue and white being the dominant ones. I got to interview him, ago at Golden Hall’s favorite spot, Il Barretto, and had Martinis while chatting about his brand, the greek market and, of course, Greece’s unbeatable summers!
What the stars have in store for us has been a topic of discussion ever since the ancient times. Learning more about myself and seeking guidance has been a subject I’ve been looking into and, as with everything else I write about, I decided to ask an expert! I was introduced to Eleni Kostika through a common friend, who swore by her astrological predictions! I looked up her bio and realized she is an architect, defined by discipline and clear mathematical thought, whose love for the stars turned her into a professional astrologer. She studied for three and a half years at the International Academy of Astrology and is now a tutor, teaching online classes. On a bonus twist, I discovered that our birthdays coincided, with one day apart – which I took as a great sign – and thus, decided to go myself and have my own natal chart read, before posting anything online.