The grass is greener on the other side

Hara Sklika

It’s been days since my daughter finally returned from the States. We spend the first days of the new virus outbreak in Athens, together. Government guidelines become strict rules. I miss my daily activities. I wear a swimming suit and cap, and I stand before my lens. Self-portraits always made me uncomfortable. Between an almond blossom and an olive tree, in front of the fence, some things remain stagnant and others grow.
More than ever I feel the need to tell a story, to communicate thoughts and feelings through images that are current, allegorical, sarcastic. At the same time I pressantly think of tomorrow’s picture. This process eases the monotony of the quarantine.
Literally, “the grass is greener on the other side” is a proverb. It’s commonly used to say that things other people possess or their situation, always look better than your own, even when they are not really so. In a period of a pandemic, where almost everyone on Earth faces the same threat equally, any form of vanity seems to fade.

Artist biography

Born in Athens, Hara Sklika studied Tourism Management in Athens and later on Creative Photography at Leica Academy. When she started photography, she extended her knowledge with courses at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication. She is the Production Director at the Antiparos International Photo Festival. She has been a world Fujifilm ambassador since 2019.
She currently works as an architectural photographer but also runs her own side projects, with an emphasis on a human aspect. She has participated in several photography exhibitions and has had her work published in multiple Greek and international media.


The grass is greener on the other side, Hara Sklika