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Dedicated to all strays dogs, voiceless roaming souls of keen intelligence and deep sensitivity. Strays, neglected and forgotten angels, shunned, ignored and cast out. Strays, givers of joy and hope; errant destinies and desolate solitudes. Faithful by nature, free spirits of unequalled purity and of inexhaustible hope. Masters of kindness, gratitude and generosity. Careful custodians of the world, cautious and vigilant observers, silent heroes. May fortune help them. Buying expensive dogs and ignoring the streets dogs and the dogs in kennels does not make you a dog lover.

Being a professional jazz saxophonist for more than two decades, I found getting into street photography very natural to me. I find many similarities between how a jazz musician improvises around a tune that has a specific structure and the way a street photographer improvises around a scene to get the maximum out of it. Cyprus based street photographer Charis Ioannou started his photographic journey as a teenager in the early 90s. He studied jazz music in Boston and New York. In 2004 after his music studies, he enrolled in New England School of Photography where he studied under the guidance of Nick Johnson. As a jazz saxophonist he travelled extensively and performed in various countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and the United States. It was during one of these travels back to New York where he got intrigued by his surrounding environment and using his old i-phone started his street photography endeavour.

Photographer: Charis Ioannou @thecharisioannou

All photographs copyright Charis Ioannou. REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED, means that the resale and reproduction, even partial, in any manner and form, of Charis Ioannou’ photographs are prohibited. Anyone wishing to use the contents must have to ask in any case written authorization to Charis Ioannou.