Oinofyta, Greece: a photoessay

by Luke Thomley

 

Taken in my gap year before coming to Georgetown, these photos show the refugee camp I spent a year working for. Cameras were of- ten an invasive presence in the camp given its relationship to various non-profits, so I chose to document the space using disposables. These photos show a chemical plant in Oinofyta, Greece repurposed into the limbo in which so many displaced families and individuals would find themselves suddenly fixed. Sometimes a brief stop, and other times months turned in to years. I looked for those moments in which the walls of the factory felt saturated with the life that had suddenly been thrust upon it again. A place left empty in an economic collapse, and suddenly inhabited with a new and visceral crisis. I wouldn’t have these photos developed til nearly a year after I left the camp.

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