I felt deep within me that the highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, Goodness or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic, and more despairing: Sacred Awe!" from Zorba The Greek, by Nikos Kazantsakis.
I was born in December, 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon to Elias Abdullah Cremesti, my Lebanese father and Ivanka Nikolova Germanova, my Bulgarian mother. My last name is Greek, it's the name of a village in the island of Rhodus; it refers to the profession of making vine scaffoldings. My ancestors escaped Othoman persecusion and moved to Lebanon. My grandma from my mother's side, Maria, is Macedonian. I like to believe that I am from the same country as Nikos Kazantzakis and that I am related to Alexander the Great. My childhood was spent in bombshlelters in Lebanon. It made me despise religion and politics in my teens, and turn to science and the sea for escape. I used to do a lot of fishing in Lebanon and collect sea shells. My parents met in the famous Black Sea resort of Varna in Bulgaria, so the ocean is in my blood. Highschool in Lebanon was Hell, I was a nerd, a book warm, top of my class. In AUB in Lebanon I purused my passion which was Chemistry. Most of my classmates were pre-Med, they wanted prestige and money... I despised them... I graduated and made it three times to the Honor list. Then I couldnt wait to get the hell out of Lebanon when I got a scholarship to go to graduate school in UNT.
In Texas, between 1996 and 1998 I earned my MS in Chemistry (specializing in silicon surface science and ultra pure water contanimation detection and control). Two things happened: I had an existentialist crisis and I accepted Christ and at the same time I was more and more disappointed in Science and the pettiness of men of science due to bad experiences with research professors. I couldn't find a job in Chemistry when I graduated in 1998, because the semiconductor market was down, so I took computer classes and became a webmaster in no time. It was the golden age of the Internet and I caught the wave. I honed my photoshop and webdesign skills at U.N.T. then moved to Irvine, California. It was a very exciting time... The future was limitless and very promising.
For three years I worked as a webmaster/consultant for startups, myself and a Fortune 500. In August 2001, I was laid off after the Internet Bubble burst. I started working in a Soul Food restaurant as a dishwasher then I became an assistant cook. In the meantime I was building a photography portfolio. During my visit to Lebanon in April 2001, before my lay-off, I took an awesome collection of photos with the manual Zenit TTL that my dad gave me. That's when I discovered my true calling in life...
For a whille I tutored in chemistry in Los Angeles and I pursued beauty with my camera. I used to be crazy about women in general and Middle-Eastern women in particular. Since 2005, I have lived and worked in Europe my new home....
Current influences: The thought of Sadhguru and Eckhart Tolle, the poetry of Rumi, and the photography of Leonard Nemoy. I am also discovering Bulgarian and Macedonian classic Literature like that of Anton Donchev and Dimitar Talev.
I am an avid reader and I like to cook and read for a hobby. I cherish time spent with my girls and in my village home in Bulgaria.
These days I work as a water treatment specialist based out of Manchester and I photograph mainly my beautiful girls Lulu and Krassi...
"For Love of the Sacred Awe"
April 18, 2016