The photographs of Alexis Karnoutsos capture a world of companionship, innocence and compassion, in stories whose heroes strive to hold up against an otherwise ugly decadence. Often hidden in the shadows, away from the lights of the main stage, it’s a world in black and white withdrawn from the colors of the everyday reality. These are stories told through the protagonists’ gazes; sometimes innocent and peaceful and at other times agitated, whether in nature or in their urban surroundings, they persistently refuse to surrender to the mundane. The photographer seeks for the calmness and sincerity of childhood in the eyes of the adults, in pictures full of youthful essence and inner peace.