Young and Renegade

Young and Renegade
Author: Zeno Spyropoulos
Publisher: self-published
Language: English
Pages: 80
Size: 19 x 26 cm
Weight: 310 g
Binding: Softcover
Availability: In stock
Price: €30.00
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Photographer Zeno Spyropoulos first encountered the young expat community in Berlin while visiting a friend living in the city, in June 2018. As he found himself quickly immersed within a diverse group of friends from across the globe, Zeno was struck by the speed and intensity with which these friendships formed. Berlin is widely known for its extreme party culture; but for Zeno, its pull lay in the unparalleled openness of its inhabitants, who had abandoned a life of frustration, boredom or alienation, for a place where living is cheap and one can express oneself freely and without judgement. It is this side of Berlin that Zeno felt compelled to capture, prompting his decision to return and spend exactly one year, from July 2018 – July 2019, documenting the scene and the people in it.

Using an analogue point-and-shoot camera, Zeno flits between his subjects with an unobtrusive lens, capturing spontaneous instances of tenderness, ecstasy or calm. Showing raw moments of intimacy, and creative or sexual expression as they naturally occur, his pictures normalise a culture of sexual and bodily freedom. Although the city’s extremes form a backdrop to his story, they are not its focus. His focus is its people, and their visceral connection with one another; sometimes communicated physically through bodies intimately entangled, at other times through more subtle gestures. Defining “young and renegade” as living through the senses, this tactile series is characterised by a boldness, articulating a sense of living freely and in the moment.