Friends and Photography (special edition, video): Alkis Velivasis

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou

The Best Time Of The Day

Cool summer nights.
Windows open.
Lamps burning.
Fruit in the bowl.
And your head on my shoulder.
These the happiest moments in the day.

Next to the early morning hours,
of course. And the time
just before lunch.
And the afternoon, and
early evening hours.
But I do love

these summer nights.
Even more, I think,
than those other times.
The work finished for the day.
And no one who can reach us now.
Or ever.

Raymond Carver, All Of Us (1996)



[Alkis Velivasis is a very old friend – although, technically, younger than me. He has been a dj, a cinephile, a writer and, more recently, an amateur cinematographer. He makes his living as a psychiatrist living in London, a proud member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and worker for the NHS. He shot the “summer elegy” video in Folegandros, while vacationing with his longtime partner Augustine]