Chris Neophytou : The Planting of a Fig Tree

Chris Neophytou

Chris Neophytou is a photographer and publisher based in Birmingham. His ‘Out of Place’ books is a platform developed to publish photobooks and to promote photography as a way of exploring and learning about people and places. His project ‘The Planting of a Fig Tree’ was made with the Greek Cypriot community in north Birmingham during Covid and 2020. He focuses on how the challenges of Covid-19 and measures such as lockdown and social distancing have affected this community. How families are isolating together and apart, how communities are finding new ways to connect, and how the myriad of business owners are reacting to the changes in working conditions. The work looks at how the community is adapting to and coping with the challenges of practicing their faiths, at what unites and what divides through this time and at the distance felt between Birmingham in the UK and family and heritage in Cyprus.

The Planting of a Fig Tree
by Chris Neophytou

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Image Credit: Notes On My Family, Chris Neophytou

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