Andreas Tsonidis's statement
In this personal documentary, I have been photographing my wife’s family of origin, who live in a provincial town in Northern Greece. Although a family therapist myself, I have often found it difficult to fully engage with the familial terrain. Not surprisingly, then, this project presented me with a great challenge but also opened up an avenue to self-reflexivity.
For me, the camera served as a distance regulator and a reflexive tool; it allowed me to approach this family as a ‘participant observer’, providing me with a position from which to observe myself observing others, while simultaneously searching for a home. These pictures then intend to create a version of family life, but also speak of my desire to understand and connect with a world that is not my own, yet one that I feel in many ways deeply attached to.