My name is Niki Gleoudi. I was born and raised in Greece. I am married with three kids and I currently live between Greece and the USA.
My first introduction to photography was when my father gave me his old camera, when I was 13 years old. I remember it was all manual and I learned how to estimate or guess the distance, ISO, Aperture and Speed.
I developed an interest in street photography while I was in college.
My work has been published in books and publications such as: “Why Street Photography” Street Photographers Book, Women Street Photographers Book, The Best of LensCulture -Volume 3, “Street Jungle”, “Becoming Sisters: Women Photography Collectives & Organizations” by Women Photographers International Archive, Eyeshot Magazine, Burn magazine.
Museums and galleries where my photos have been exhibited include the Somerset House UK, SCOPE Miami Beach during Art Basel, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Greece, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 New York, Galerie Joseph.
I love trying to capture not only the fleeting moment that would otherwise pass away unnoticed, but also the energy that lies beneath. Energy, emotions, frame, composition, all need to be aligned in order to catch that one split second that will make it work. I find it very challenging, and it doesn’t happen often, but when that occurs I am the happiest person on earth!
While photographing I try to show the beauty of my subjects, I celebrate them in a way.
Anytime I find some free time I will try to photograph, but since I don’t live close to populated areas I sometimes carry my camera with me at other events as well. With coronavirus lockdowns I rarely took pictures and I missed it tremendously.
Any place where there is life and people can become a street photographer’s playground.
I feel that street photography connects me to the world. I become one with my subjects, no judgement or hard feelings no matter what happens. I feel like I can see through their eyes, connect to their emotions. Being aware of all my surroundings and trying to capture this is a way of meditation for me.