I just recognized that this interview Obsession in Vogue with Filep Motwary was conducted in March 2010, while I too lived in Athens. Just a few weeks before I first met him personally. Although it was months later when we actually got to know him personally, my admiration for his thoughtfulness and enduring spirit is limitless. A rare kind of mind.
“After so many things you’ve done, do you feel successful?
Successful? What does success mean, I never truly understood. I would love to drive a Jaguar and stay at the Ritz, but I am not as successful to afford any of these (laughs) Definitely I feel more confident than I did 5 years ago, but that’s about it basically. A lot of people don’t know who I am. For example, in Paris, sometimes I give the impression that I am a paparazzo or a catwalk photographer. People ignore me – or let me do my job- only because I hold a camera. In the beginning it used to bother me, this ignorance. I have such a large body of work, from costumes – some in museums along with the best, thousands of photographs, more than 250 interviews, I guest-teach in schools and all keeps growing, day by day as I never stop doing something. As my mom always says “ The best is yet to come”. People don’t have time these days to explore or investigate. They believe what they see and its normal.
And what’s normal for you?
Normal is a condition that needs no explanation.”
This quote reminds me why my admiration and respect for Filep and his achievements are unlimited. Let it not be valued in success, because nowadays it is just understood as reflexive admiration. However, admiration is the least valuable outcome. The true value lies in the impact of ones work, where the result is hardly measurable. This impact is the change of perception and decision making of those being touched by one and ones œuvre.