The trees are luscious and green, the skies bright blue, the houses palatial and… empty. Greek photographer Alexis Vasilikos took to photographing the newly-abandoned and somehow sad-looking houses of the Greek suburbs after the economic began to take its toll on the middle class, leaving these symbols of burgeoning wealth desolate and deserted. The resulting images are a fascinating portrait of the financial ruin facing many countries after the crisis hit, with drawn shutters destroyed walls communicating as much as a dismayed face can do in normal portraiture.
He explains: “The Greek Dream Real Estate is a photo-essay made in the Northern suburbs of Athens. Its main focus is the residential architecture of the area; the Northern suburbs is one of the most expensive areas of Athens, and to have a house in this area is a symbol of social status and has been middle class dream for decades. Now that the middle class in Greece is shrinking rapidly, it seems a good time to have a closer look at this dream, to see what it’s really made of.”
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