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Spirits of the River

Thodoris Tzalavras

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Spirits of the River

A collection of pinhole pictures of rivers by Thodoris Tzalavras with a foreword by Ali Smith and poems by Lee Jing-Jing.

Photographer's Afterword:

The rainwater and melting snow that throughout the ages shaped the Cypriot landscape have been scarce in recent years. Decade-long droughts forced Cyprus into developing a network of some hundred dams nationwide.

In 2004, and again in 2012, the rain came back as a result of global climate change. Streams and minor rivers previously dry suddenly came back to life. The long forgotten gurgling sound of water traveling downstream filled the forests anew, and the brown earth was transformed into a vibrant shade of green.

In response to this beautiful change I built myself a few pinhole cameras and set out to document this brief visit of the ancient spirits of the rivers.

–Thodoris Tzalavras

About the photographer

Thodoris Tzalavras was born in Athens, Greece in 1978. His photographs have been exhibited at Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Silver Eye Center for Photography, HOST gallery, and the Burn Gallery Show. His first book Nicosia in Dark and White was Finalist for Best Photography Book Award, Pictures of the Year International (POYi).

About the authors

Lee Jing-Jing is a Singaporean novelist and poet. She is the author of If I Could Tell You, a novel, and And Other Rivers, a poetry collection. She lives in Amsterdam.

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of ten works of fiction including Hotel World, The Accidental and How To Be Both, winner of the GoldSmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Costa Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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ISBN: 978-9963-9858-0-7

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This book is about time and light, both at their natural speeds, and about energy at its simplest and most powerful.

Its pictures are quiet with life and at the same time riotous with it, full of it.

Ali Smith