Festive melancholy

 

It’s been a while since the last post, lots of new things, projects & big changes happening in my life at the moment and it’s been exciting to say the least. Last week Fanis, Lia, Maria & myself were having some morning fun shooting at the Athens Hilton, as we were commissioned to create some digital content on their behalf. The hotel was already decorated for Christmas and so we started doing our thing in the lobby, while staff and guests were staring at us, wondering what exactly we were up to.  Here are some shots I took with the DSLR.

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Rooftops & Caverns

These last few weeks have been among the busiest I’ve had for a very long time, but at the same time it’s been a very creative period for me and although very tired, I am thoroughly enjoying every second. Since I hadn’t had the time to go for some casual shooting with my friends I have gathered two sessions together, with portraits of friends I really like and I wanted to share.

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A glimpse of Autumn

This past weekend some of us were feeling very wanderlust. But the forest kind. We have been having an extended summer and really needed a change of scenery from the beautiful beaches. So without any planning we all decided to go to lake Doxa in Feneos. The weather was still very sunny and bright but once we stepped into the thick forest there was a different feel, exactly what we had missed!

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Karpathos revisited

I visited Karpathos in August for the first time and I absolutely fell in love with the island. Fantastic beaches throughout, strong traditions and positive people. I was wishing to go back since I came back to Athens and finally my wishes came true! I had to travel back again in late September to shoot the fantastic Silene Villas with my new gorgeous friend & owner of the hotel, Popi.  Once the work was done we took some time to go swimming and shoot more photos!

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Tilos

Island hopping continues and my next destination is the nearby island of Tilos. Much bigger than Chalki meant more beaches to discover. I had great food in Michalis taverna in Livadia, at Kastro in Megalo Chorio & at Nitsa’s in Eristos. Great beaches like Tholos and Agios Sergios are definitely worth the hike. Loved the village of Megalo Chorio, don’t forget to grab breakfast at Sofia’s “kafenio”. One of the most amazing things to see and do though is visit the abandoned village of Mikro Chorio for a drink in the evening under the sounds of classic rock and a unique night sky. Tilos was by far the island with the least light pollution, so I managed to take some pics of the Milky way during the small hours. Click and have a look.

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Chalki

After having spent five awesome days in Karpathos it was time to move on. Next destination, the tiny but picturesque island of Chalki. Our expectations were quite high and this little gem of an island did deliver! Having your room right on the water really gives a feeling of relaxation. Also, it really helped getting to know a local hero, Michalis, who took us to some serious hikes, the uncharted kind. Check out some of the photos that I took while spending three days on the island.

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Next stop, Karpathos

So after returning to Athens from a fantastic week on Kythera, I just had enough time to wash some clothes and embark on a journey to the south Aegean. My first stop would be Karpathos. An amazing island with fantastic beaches, picturesque villages keeping strong traditions, delicious food and super friendly people! Here you can see all the non iPhone shots, taken with the dslr, which is not really easy to carry around all the time. For the mobile shots you can always check the #summer_odyssey hashtag on Instagram.

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Summer begins in Kythera

I may be very predictable when choosing summer vacation spots but, truly, I am more than biased. There is absolutely no way I will not visit Kythera at some point during swimming season. This time I wasn’t all that inspired to take many photos, maybe because I have already taken quite a few on this beautiful island, but also because I was with great friends and sometimes this just makes you want to experience the actual moments rather than capturing them.

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O.A.K.A photo walk

A late post but it’s never too late for some portraiture! This area in Marousi has been photographed so many times that we knew this photo walk was more about hanging out with each other and having a laugh rather than doing any actual shooting. And then the sun was setting and the summer light became magical. Time to shoot some happy faces!

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