Featured: Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

 

Paul Shiakallis is a freelance photographer based in Johannesburg. While SA ad agencies make up his client list, it’s his portraits, documentary photography and his illuminated collections of human behaviour and habitats that we most enjoy.

 

Paul was born in Joburg to parents of Cypriot descent. As well as in Cypress his photos have been taken across the world in Australia, Brazil and the States. Being fascinated with suburbia and the people and places that are associated with it, Paul’s images have a common voice no matter where they are captured.

 

His luminescent series Something so Familiar is explained by Mlilo Mpondo who says, “His work engages the void in human intimacy, the human inclination toward security, a life lived in front of a television screen, the suburban home.”

 

Paul’s first ever subjects were flowers and TV screens after his father taught him how to use a camera at age fifteen. With his new skill he covered all sporting events for the high school magazine, while becoming infatuated by detail through art drawing.

 

After school he completed one year of Journalism at the University of Johannesburg and then transferred to Tshwane University of Technology to study Photography for 3 years. He then assisted both local and international photographers for 5 years.

 

The images here are examples of Paul’s fascinating way with light and were selected from his projects Portraits of a Still Life, Something so Familiar and The Suburbs Sleep. Find more at www.paulshiakallis.com or on Behance.

 

Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

Paul Shiakallis

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Paul Shiakallis

 

6 Comments

  1. Yeah, looks very much like Crewdson! Any acknowledgement to that fact? Is this an homage?

  2. Just because the photographer photographed a subject in a landscape doesn’t make it a Crewdson. You can find similarity in any photo if you are looking for it. Went and had a look at Gregory Crewdson work and Paul’s images seems to evoke an different emotion to Crewdson’s

  3. Great work!! Sure, you can see a crewdson influence. But to me these look more like environmental portraits lit in a similar style as crewdson. Crewdson’s work portrays a fictional world and staged events. I see a huge difference.

  4. If you look at the photographer’s commercial work, you will notice he has a very similar style to the images here. Theres definitely influences from a few great photogs, but I doubt he went out of his way to mimic crewdson.
    Look at the work of Irwin Olaf, Todd Hido, Phillip Lorca Di’corcia; similar but different.
    Crewdson’s scenes are heavily constructed, people and props are sourced; Paul’s images on the other-hand look and feel authentic.