Women are not for sale.Zero tolerance toward any type of violence.Speak up.

In this post I am going to share with you a photo shooting we accomplished back in November 2020 and specifically on the 25th,which is the International Day for the elimination of violence against women.After the me Too movemet in US,the past few weeks there is a wave,in my country Greee,with a heap of accusations against high prolific names on the entertainment industry,in the fields of theatre,T.V. and movie productions but also they have been some reports about journalists.

Here on Escape Karma we show zero tolerance towards any type of violence,verbal,physical,sexual,psychological and not only against women(it was just the concept of the day and I was the available role model) but against homosexual and heterosexual men too and mainly we want to raise awareness about children abuse.

What came to the light of the publicity so far about what’s going on behind the curtains of the theatre or the auditions were shocking for some of us but it has been long whispered in the art world although never openly discussed.

The concept of the photo shooting conceived by me and my collaborator and photographer Panagiotis Kadigkos,he wrapped my face to the point which literally,I almost were able to breathe and my body so that I can barely be able to move.

In that way we were willing to approach the feelings of the victims,to get to know their psychology or the reason of their non-reaction,the fact that they feel paralyzed in front of their abuser,in order for me to be able to capture the expressions on the photos and try to put myself on their shoes.What we did we did it with respect,our intentions are to empower those people,to give a helping hand,to awake the society so as to speak up about the injustice when we become witnesses of unjustifiable phenomena.

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

The first question that comes to mind,not to everyone’s fortunately,is why now?Why the victim decided to speak his truth about the abuse after so many years?Well if life were kind with you and you’ve never experienced something like this before at least please try to understand them in depth.

But we are proud and standing by the side of those who find the strength and the courage to share their burden with us in order to ease their souls,to protect and empower others,to heal their traumas,to accept and love themselves and in the end to forgive their abuser for their own cracked psychology who lead them to the abhorrent action.

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

The act of speaking up is of utmost importance,not because society thirsts for gossip and intrigue and is always ready to devour and taunt the perpetrators,but mostly because this act can enable and offer the chance to other victims in order to take the decision and share their agonizing story.

It gets a lot of nerve to reveal something so painful and personal,this act though may prevent future incidents,could lead the victims to alleviate their long time trauma and last but not least it opens the way to accept and love themselves despite the harassment and the abuse they have experienced.

Hope my article and photo story not insult those affected and not underestimate the seriousness of the current situation concerning the accusations of harassment and abuse.There is also one more photo shooting,a little bit more shocking,soon to be published.What causes me deep saddens,is the fact that our society lost the ability to get shocked,we are so familiar to the violence that violence itself doesn’t upset us.

Feel free to contact me if there is something that I have to alter or if you have something to state.

Photographer:Panagiotis Kadigkos

Model:Eleni Kadigkou

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

“I only want to see you bathing in the purple rain” Photo shooting in the bath

To complete the following photo shooting it wasn’t that easy,I had to stay in the water for almost two hours while the temperature was dropping down and beside this I had to change three outfits inside the bath.

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Both me and my photographer Panagiotis Kadigkos belong to the water element,my star sign is Cancer and his is Pisces,so we love photo shootings in the water,or close to lakes,rivers and sea.

Water is life,it’s the first environment we experience as a foetus and according to Darwin and his theories of evolution life originated on land(and not in the ocean) but in a warm little pond,thus aqua brought in life every single living organism.

Although our approach is more fashionably and influenced by Love Magazine issue 9 from Spring/Summer 2013,hosting Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne as its covers,we accomplished it with all the respect and gratitude to the water element.

“You’re in the wind, I’m in the water

Nobody’s son, nobody’s daughter”

Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs,

you look like a world, lying in surrender.”

Body of a woman,Pablo Neruda
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Time it took us
To where the water was
That’s what the water gave me
And time goes quicker
Between the two of us
Oh, my love, don’t forsake me
Take what the water gave me”

Florence +The Machine,What the water gave me

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“It’s in the water baby

It’s between you and me.”

Post Blue,Placebo
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“And your blue – is my blue – And my blue – is yours too

Your rain is wine I wish that you could say the same bout mine”

Good Job Nicky,Blue
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Body of my woman, I will persist in your grace.

My thirst, my boundless desire, my shifting road!

Dark river-beds where the eternal thirst flows…

Body of a Woman,Pablo Neruda
Purple Rain,Prince

Purple rain,purple rain Purple rain, purple rain Purple rain,purple rain

I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

Prince,Purple Rain

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Some Backstage

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

We are not here to go mainstream,we are here to push the boundaries,to leave our mark and not to follow the safe road.More exciting things are about to be published!

Photographer: Panagiotis Kadigkos

Starring: Eleni Kadigkou

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

A special photoshooting edition for NOMAS,Moscow Issue

I would like to thank Lina Stefanou for sending me as a gift the Moscow issue of Nomas Magazine with my order of Nomas 13,as their first reader from the region of Kilkis,Greece.Me and my collaborator and photographer,Panos Kadigkos,conceived the idea and the concept of an honorary photoshooting.I had to surpass one of my biggest fears,that of a fire, but we managed to accomplish it.

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

Photo Panos Kadigkos

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

And some photos from the Backstage

You can shop the issue here.

Hope that you will find interesting our approach !

Photographer:Panos Kadigkos

Model:Eleni Kadigkou

Art direction Panos Kadikgos and Eleni Kadigkou.

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

How do you define time?An ode to Nomas Magazine,13th issue about time

Are you aware of the definition of the word nomad?Nomas magazine redefines the meaning in an artistic,alternative and lyricist approach.For 12 consecutive issues the magazine dedicated it’s covers and its content to cities around the world,it offered us its unique perception of hidden gems through photography,art and writing all well combined into a cultural mix to make us feel the need to travel and have a more deeper look on the places we visit.

Nomas Issue No11 on the left,Issue No10 the anniversary one on the right

But Issue no 13,a number not accidental at all,was published under totally different conditions due to the pandemic,the restrictions on travelling and the confinement and isolation at home.What also changed in Nomas latest issue is the title and the content,their theme is Time and its association with art.The latest issue offers a deep dive into the contemporary art world with artworks related to time,existing ones or projects the magazine asked the artists to create.

Some of our favourites here on E.K.

From left to right 1.Ariana Papademetropoulos (courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery) 2.Maria Hassabi,Dusseldorf 2018(courtesy The Breeder, Athens) 3.Wolfgang Tillmans,Zero Gravity IV,2001 4.Pantelis Chandris,Fossils (commissioned for NOMAS magazine) 5.Mike Kelley,Brown Star 1991(Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts/Osdeete,Greece; photo Nie Tenwiggenhor) 6.Alexis Vassilikos,Fountain 2019,courtesy of Can Christina Androulidaki Gallery)

But beside the contribution of the Greek and international artists,among them the legends Maurizio Cattelan and Jeff Koons,this journey across the contemporary art accomplished thank to the participation of the DESTE Foundation of Dakis Joannou and the artistic director of the New Museum in New York Massimiliano Gioni.In its pages you will discover new lands and you will visit new places but this time the journey is imaginary through Art,texts and interesting interviews among the highlights is the interview of my personal favourite Greek conductor with an international career Teodor Currentzis.

Here our artistic approach on the NOMAS 13.The photographer,Panos Kadigkos captured the images and also assisted me on the art direction.

“Listen, speech is old age’s wisdom And time fiery sculptor of men And the sun hanging over as a beast of hope And you, closer to it ,tighten some love Having a bitter taste of tempest on the lips.”

Marina of the Rocks,Odysseas Elytis

Photo,Panos Kadigkos

To think of time—of all that retrospection!

To think of to-day, and the ages continued henceforward!

To think of time , Walt Whitman
Photo,Panos Kadigkos

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future,

And time future contained in time past.

If all time is eternally present

All time is unredeemable.

What might have been is an abstraction

Remaining a perpetual possibility

Only in a world of speculation.

What might have been and what has been

Point to one end, which is always present.

T.S. Eliot

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

Pink Floyd ,Time

Photo,Panos Kadigkos

Backstage photo ,Eleni Kadigkou

Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam

And admit that the waters around you have grown

And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth saving

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times, they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan,The times they are A-changin’

Within you,your years are growing; within me, my years are prowling.Time is resolute,we do not hear it toll; it grows and roams within us,it appears,a bottomless well,ln our gaze, at the corner of your burnt-chestnut eyes a filamentthe course of a diminutive river,a shooting star streaking toward your lips.Time adds its threads to your hair, but in my heart your honeysuckle fragrance is living fire. It is beautiful,as we have done, to grow old living life to the full. Each day was transparent stone, each night for us an inky rose,so this wrinkle on your face, or mine, is a stone, a flower,the memory of the lightning’s flash. My eyes have burned out in your beauty, but you are my eyes.I perhaps exhausted your breasts beneath my kisses, but the world knows your secret splendor in my happiness. Love, what does it matter that time, the very time that raised two flames, two waving heads of wheat, my body and your gentleness, tomorrow will hold them safe or mill the grain, and with those same unseen fingers erase the identities that separate us,giving us the final victory of being one beneath the ground. Pablo Neruda,Ode to Time

Backstage Photo, Panos Kadigkos while shooting

In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are there as if eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly silent and vast. I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!Rainer Maria Rilke,Letters to a young poet

Photo Eleni Kadigkou

In addition because of the fact that I happened to be their first reader of the region Kilkis (currently due to the pandemic I’m staying here until I get back to Athens) they sent me as a gift the Moscow issue.In order to thank them we did a special photoshooting,which would be revealed soon.

You can learn more about Nomas Magazine here shop the issue here and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to read the article.We live in an era where we consume tons of images and with each one feels like time disintegrated,let’s select carefully what to keep and what to discard.

Last one a song by a Greek artist ,Good job Nicky

Steal a lil’ time from me

Make a lil’ time for me

We don’t really ask for much

Grains in the hourglass

Keep dropping down

Keep dropping down

8th January,Good Job Nicky

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Fairy tale or fairy tale gone bad ? A modern snow white photo story

A modern Snow White photo story , concept and art direction by myself , Eleni Kadigkou along with my collaborator in art direction , styling , make up and photographer of the article Panagiotis Kadigkos .

photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Lips Red As The Rose, Hair Black As Ebony, Skin White As Snow.”

The White Snow , Disney
photos Panagiotis Kadigkos
photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Go On, Have A Bite.”

Snow White , Disney
photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

But somehow I got lost in the way

I could hear them howling from afar
I saw them rushing to your car
In a moment all went screaming wild
Until the darkness killed the light

Royksopp , Running to the sea

Royksopp , Running to the sea

The good girl gone bad

I remember running to the sea

The burning houses and the trees

I remember running to the sea

Alone and blinded by the fear

And the river flows beneath your skin

Like savage horses kept within

And all is wasted in the sand

Like breaking diamonds with your hand

Royksopp , Running to the sea

Fairy tale gone bad

We gave a twist on a classic fairy tale , by the way my parents called me Snow white when I was a baby girl because of my pale skin .

Anticipating for your feedback !

I would like to thank my friends Yiannoula and Xenia for their assistance on achieving the final result and also Yiannoula and my aunt Athanasia for lending me items and accessories from their personal collection for the photo shooting .

Photographer :Panagiotis Kadigkos

Art direction , styling , make up , hair : Kadigkou Eleni , Panagiotis Kadigkos

Till next time

Kadigkou Eleni Xx

An imaginary trip to Japan ; Through the eyes of Noguchi Takashi and his Leica

Today our steps will lead us to the country of The Rising Sun , an imaginary trip to Tokyo, Japan through the lens of the renowned Japanese photographer Noguchi Takashi .

But before I share with you his captivating pictures from his country Japan let me introduce him to you .Noguchi Takashi’s portfolio is pretty rich and spans from fashion editorials and campaigns to portraits of notable artists such as musicians ,Thom Yorke and his band Radiohead (my favourite band ) , Marilyn Manson or (also actor and director) like Vincent Gallo , to experimental photography ;he was the one who captivated Radioactive contamination in Fukushima, Japan cause of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident by Big Tsunami and also to has shot the first cover back in 1998 of the legendary Fashion Magazine Purple (issue 1)

Top models like Lilly Collins and Linda Evangelista have been captured by Noguchi Takashi ,we can also spot Thom Yorke photographed by Noguchi back in 1997 in the gallery above All photos are courtesy of © Takashi Noguchi and Copyright © 2016 San Drago All Rights Reserved.

Noguchi turned radiation into art , his photos became an exhibition titled Stigma back in 2014 . He captured the radioactive contamination in Fukushima, Japan cause of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident by Big Tsunami .As he stated “I tried to visualize the radiation .I tried radiation sensitization using the soil contaminated with radiation for the photographed form or the unshot film . There are like a kiln strange . Some pictures look just like a flame, and some pictures seemed to be shining stars, radiation is invisible and horrible . But visualizing it is beautiful . Fearing that gap, I think radiation can be art.”

Noguchi tried to visually capture the invisible radiation in his photographs from Fukushima by wrapping them in dark bags with radioactive soil.

The following pictures were taken with Noguchi’s Leica M6 (a rangefinder film camera ) , we would like to thank him for sharing his astonishing photos with us exclusively from Japan .

All photos © Takashi Noguchi

Oh, tranquility!

Penetrating the very rock,

A cicada’s voice.

Haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
Oh, when you're big in Japan, tonight
Big in Japan, be tight
Big in Japan, ooh the eastern sea's so blue
Big in Japan, alright
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
Oh, when you're big in Japan

Big in Japan , Alphavile
All photos © Takashi Noguchi
But I have no doubt
One day, we are gonna get out
Tonight maybe we're gonna run
Dreaming of the Osaka sun
Ohh ohh...
Dreaming of when the morning comes

Lovers in Japan , Coldplay
Crash, Crash, out of control Try and start a riot while you're beggin' for more. Anarchy in Tokyo. They say the city is safe, the keepers of faith, the bullet is safe for one and day Eclipsed by the one Don't bother to run The target is on your back You're done.
30 Seconds To Mars , Anarchy In Tokyo

The convolvulus

Flower shows creases.

It’s a hot day

Original Japanese Haiku

In a time, in a place

In a world they forgot

Lives the heart of me

A part that just won’t die

Just a boy, not a man

Sent to war, in a land

They said we’d fight for their freedom

But I felt like a hired hand

Sometimes I have to find my way

Sometimes I have to get away

Take me back to Tokyo road

Take me back to Tokyo road

Bon Jovi ,Tokyo road
All photos © Takashi Noguchi

There is pleasure’s sigh, there is despair’s sigh,

Adorned with a sweet smile or a sour cry,

Screaming both in the night with no reply,

Under the glamorous buildings up high,

Who are standing under the blue night sky.

All places of Tokyo change at night,

Streets are flowing rivers of gleamy light,

Lit-neon signs glowing at every sight,

Under the glamorous buildings up high,

Who are standing under the blue night sky.

Tokyo ,Seyhun Mahi

Sometimes this happens
the wait becomes unbearable
so remember that you know….
time is deceptive
and it’s already tomorrow in Tokyo

It’s already tomorrow in Tokyo ,Arshia Qasim

Here a playlist I did for you to hear while you are mentally visiting Japan .

Hope you enjoyed the imaginary trip to Tokyo ,Japan that Noguchi Takashi offered us through his lens . I am thankful for the images he shared with me and by extension with you and all his politeness and his guidance through the process .

You can follow Noguchi Takashi on Instagram here and check his website here .

ありがとうございました , Arigato !

Eleni Kadigkou XX

All my life, I have been “on fire” burn that witch

Video and photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

I'm not your lover
I'm not your saint
I'm not your baby
The bitch to blame
I'm not your honey
I'm not your doll
I'm the one who dies in the fire of love
I wanna burn in the fire of love, alright
I wanna burn in the fire of love tonight
Fire of Love ,Jesse Jo Stark

They judge me like a picture book

By the colors, like they forgot to read

I think we’re like fire and water

I think we’re like the wind and sea

You’re burnin’ up, I’m coolin’ down

You’re up, I’m down

You’re blind, I see

Lana Del Ray ,Brooklyn Baby

Light of my life , Fire of my loins

Images Panagiotis Kadigkos

Watch out, you might get what you're after
Cool babies, strange but not a stranger
I'm an ordinary guy
Burning down the house
Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over
Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather
There has, got to be a way
Burning down the house
Burning Down the House , Talking Heads

Girl, girl, girl, girl
You gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming
I don’t know which way to go

“As if you were on fire from within.

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”

Pablo Neruda

My love she speaks like silence,
Without ideals or violence,
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful,
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire.
People carry roses,
Make promises by the hours,
My love she laughs like the flowers,
Valentines can’t buy her.

Bob Dylan , Love minus zero

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos
Burn the witch
Burn the witch
We know where you live
Red crosses on wooden doors
And if you float you burn
Loose talk around tables
Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers

Burn The Witch , Radiohead

Just to make it clear we didn’t light the fire to do the photoshooting ,we just took advantage of it .Waiting for your feedback .

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

in which era do you prefer to have lived ?

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty ” ,

Rudyard Kipling

Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos

My response to the question of the title is the era we are going through ; but I am fortunate to have the opportunity to transform ,through the photo shootings we provide with my collaborator , cousin and photographer , into characters of all times .

We are on the firsts days of the general Lockdown , happened on the November , in our country Greece and we have just reunite with my collaborator . Starting discussing about what we should shoot next and he proposed to depict a classical painting . Then the idea pop-uped in my brain , did a quick research and a Lavinia’s Fontana painting caught my attention .

Her pale face and her red hair resembling to mine were the crucial element in order to end up with this choice , but her posture and sight were flaunted dominance and certainty of a woman living around the 16th century , so I wanted to empower women of all the eras .

The idea immediately adjusted to our project and soon we were addressing the clothes , the hair and the whole scenery .

The painting responds to the art movement of mannerism ,also known as a Late Renaissance ,a style which emerged in the later years of High Renaissance , around the 1520 till the end of the 16th century in Italy .Notable names to be mentioned ,except Lavinia Fontana ,are El Greco and Giuseppe Arcimboldo .The colour pallet of the artwork is much brighter than our final result , firstly because of the light and the scenery that was available that time and secondly our version is according to our aesthetics .

Nevertheless , the painting was the trigger point for accomplishing this shooting and pay homage to women of the past ,of the present and the future .Something similar did the Museo del Prado the past October , in the context of the celebration of its Bicentenary , presented an exhibition called “A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana” honouring the female artists of the second half of 16th century .Lavinia is considered to be the first professional female artist while Sofonisba was born to an aristocratic family and she never received fee for her services .

To sum it , up we gave a twist on a late renaissance painting ,but what I would like you to keep is that women were never the fairer sex . Women are strong by their nature , they have opinion ,they are political , sentimental ,creative ,innovators ; you can distinguish it by their imposing presence and their sight , by the way they think and act .

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

Model : Eleni Kadigkou

Featuring Shirt : Rococo