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Surpassing comfort zone | Stylianos Papardelas | TEDxHeraklion

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Published on Nov 4, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stylianos Papardelas grew up in Heraklion Crete, but wandered around the world and comes in TEDx Heraklion to talk about an enemy that he defies, fear.

Stylianos grew up in Heraklion, Crete.

He started taking photographs and attending lessons at the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete. Soon, he realized that if he wanted to become a better photographer, he should listen and learn from a variety of people about photography. In February of 2007, he joined the Photographic society of University of Crete (F.O.P.K).

He likes thinking that photography is his excuse to travel around the world. In Ireland, he works for the not-for-profit organization Barretstown as a photographer, but also as a moderator in life enhancing projects for seriously ill children. Co-founder of the digital media project ‘The World of Ronah’, Stylianos creates short documentary films and podcasts on travelling and photography. Stylianos has worked around Asia photographing for IRIN News, the award-winning humanitarian news service of the United Nations. In 2013, after a short business trip to London and Paris, he went to Morocco for a short period of time in order to photograph and explore a culture that is drastically affected by Europe but also, the fighting between the tradition and the new European lifestyle (just like it happens in Greece). In the beginning of summer 2013, he came back to Greece willing to “comment” on the situation of his country. With his partner, journalist Fragkiska Megaloudi, they worked on issues like “Crossing into the unknown: the plight of Migrants in the fields of Greece” , ” Poverty in everyday life” and ” The middle class situation in crisis”, projects that got published in numerous media such as The Press project, Eleytherotypia, The spiegel. In October 2013, Stylianos was honoured by the Greek President of Democracy. In December 2013, Stylianos presented his first “solo” exhibition called “Circle” in Athens.

His future plans include going through central America and Caribbean in order to make a travelling documentary and continue his photography project around the world.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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