In Gestalt therapy, the term “fertile void” describes the point zero: an intermediate point of balance and homeostasis, full of possibilities. A condition between something that has just finished, and something that hasn’t emerged yet. A state of “creative indifference” located right between two poles. Using the above as an inspiration, in the homonymous photographic series, I propose a dialogue of images in order to describe the atmosphere between existential opposites intertwined with the human condition (life-death, loneliness-belonging, freedom-limitation, meaning-futility). I use images of gestures, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. I’m taking pictures, having in mind the perpetual effort of balancing between existential classifications, which, though seemingly contradictory, simultaneously call for synthesis and fulfillment.

Bio: Vasilis Ntaopoulos (b.1984) is a social scientist and a photographer based in Larissa, Greece. His educational background derives from his studies in Social Anthropology (BA & MA) and Gestalt therapy. His photographic work so far, focuses on the different ways of appropriation of place and space (whether it’s about interiors or urban and suburban landscapes), while in his most recent projects, he also developed an interest for the existential aspects of human condition. Vasilis Ntaopoulos has participated in several workshops and exhibitions in Greece and abroad, and his photography has been featured in online and printed publications.