Photographier: C’est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l’œil et le cœur. C’est une façon de vivre. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Gregoris Mentzas leads a double life as an academic professor and a fine art photographer.
He is a professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he teaches management information systems and leads a multidisciplinary research group with activities focusing on e-business, e-government and social computing.
Back in the analog film era, he attended a two-year course at the Fotokinisi (later Focus) photography school, a one-year seminar on cinematography and film directing and participated in seminars given by renowned Greek photographers like Takis Zerdevas, Nikos Panayotopoulos and Platon Rivellis. During that time he also participated in two group photo exhibitions.
An avid black and white analog photographer, he let his passion stay dormant for years and is now active in digital photography.
His work focuses on the concepts of time and decay, tranquility and silence.
He strives to capture serenity and encapsulate the ephemeral quality of calmness.
He rarely succeeds.
2019: The image with the thinking chimpanzee has been published in the Black & White Spider Awards Winners Book 2019.
2017: The "Gardens of Versailles" collection was published in the Dodho magazine; see https://www.dodho.com/serenity-gardens-versailles-gregoris-mentzas/
2016: The “Roses" collection was published in the Photographos magazine, July-August 2016 issue.
2016: Two photographs from the "Nightscape" series were published in the Photographos magazine in the May-June 2016 issue.
2019: Group exhibition at Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece. Theme: "Black and White”, 4-16 January 2019. See the exhibition site: http://www.blankwallgallery.com/exhibition-black-white-2019/
2016: Group exhibition at Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece. Theme: "Travelling”, 10 September – 23 September 2016. See the exhibition site: http://www.blankwallgallery.com/exhibitions-travelling/
2016: Group exhibition at Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece. Theme: "Dreamlike Landscape”, 6 February – 19 February 2016. See the exhibition site: http://www.blankwallgallery.com/exhibitions-dreamlike-landscapes/
Fine Art Photography Awards
3rd place winner and Bronze Award at the "Nature / Wildlife" category of TIFA awards 2017 for my portfolio "Chimpanzee Portraits".
Honorable Award in the "Prix de la Photographie (P×3) Photography Competition" (Advertising/Architecture category) for the series Grand Place - Brussels.
Three Honorable Awards in the “Fine Art Photography Awards” 2017. The awarded images were:
Three Honorable Mentions in the “Monochrome Awards” the International Black and White Photography Contest. The awarded images were:
Four Honourable Mentions in the ND Awards 2016 competition. The awarded images were in:
Four Honourable Mentions in the 11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards 2016 in the “Fine Art” category with “Bird on Rocks”, in the “Fine Art” category with “Pier", in the “People” category with “Buddhist Monk in the Rock Church” and in the “Still Life” category with “White Rose”.
Two Honourable Mentions in the International Photography Awards 2016 Competition in the “Fine Art - Landscape” category for”Bird on rocks” and in the “”Night Photography” category for the series on “Nightscapes”.
Three honourable mentions in the Moscow International Fotography Awards (MIFA). All three of my awards were in the “Fine Art - Landscape” category of the contest. These three projects were awarded:
Three nominations in the 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards.
A bronze star award and six (6) honourable mentions in the 2015 International ND Photography Awards.
A 3rd place - bronze star Award in the category: “People - Self-portrait” for the photo “Lubi and me”
Five (5) honourable awards in the 2015 IPA International Photography Awards.
“Roses in decay” (series) in the category: ‘Fine Art : Still Life’
“Portraits of calla lilies”, in the category ‘Fine Art : Still Life’
“Portraits of calla lilies”, in the category ‘Nature : Flowers’
“Park of souls”, in the category: ‘Deeper Perspective’
“Boat in foggy lake”, in the category ‘Fine Art : Landscape’
Three (3) nominations in the 2015 International Fine Art Photography Contest (FAPA 2015).
Five Awards In The PX3 "Prix De La Photographie, Paris" International Photo Competition
Second place - Silver Award - Flowers Category with the series "Roses in decay"
Second place - Silver Award - Water Category with the series "Waterfall"
Third place - Bronze Award - Flowers Category with the series "Calla lily portraits"
Two honorable mentions for the flower series ("Roses in decay", and "Calla Lily portraits")