Tinos is one of the Cycladic islands I’ve been craving to visit for a long time now. Early June, as part of my ongoing project with Ouzo Mini, I travelled there to create some photos and a short video, like in every other destination I visit for this client. Unfortunately in trips like these, free time to take photos is very limited if any, but I did manage to capture a few. In just two days I saw a big part of the island, met some wonderful people, had delicious food and stayed in the beautiful Anemostinos villa and I also visited the unique Crossroads Inn. The problem is that now, after getting a good taste of this island, I want to go back for more!
Winter felt too long this year and I couldn’t be any happier to see it go. But this transition from the cold, dark winter to the fresh and bright spring is something you can really enjoy and appreciate only when you are away from the city, in the nature. So when my friend Ilaria asked me to join her for a short business trip to Mykonos I was thrilled. As you already know, if you follow my journeys, Mykonos is my most visited island, I have been many times and at different seasons, from winter to summer. This time though it was unique. The island was so green and lush that it felt like being somewhere else. The locals said it’s because of the heavy rainfalls during the winter. It was quite windy during my stay, so unfortunately no swimming, but perfect for long walks on the beaches and enjoying this beautiful season where one should, the outdoors!
Somehow Santorini has never lived up to the hype in my book. Perhaps this has something to do with me spending a part of my military service on this island back in 2001. It had been many years since I visited and I can say this island has changed a lot. A lot of development, many hotels and hundreds of houses have been built in areas that didn’t even exist residentially years ago. However, what has remained intact, is the amazing beauty that has made this island what it is today. A photographer’s dream, literally, everywhere you look you can snap an amazing photo. I was lucky enough to stay at Oia Mare Villas for a few days and explore beautiful Oia, one of my favorite regions on the island. It was also a good chance to test out my brand new Sony A6300! Check a selection of photos I made from my October visit in Santorini!
This year I visited Mykonos quite a few times for work and pleasure. Luckily at the very beginning of the season and even better, at the end of it. It still remains one of my favorite islands to visit as long as it’s not July or August. Here are some photos I took during my visit in mid September.
Summer came early for me this year, as I was in the Cyclades from late Spring for work. But I always try to find some time to make photographs for myself. All the images in this post are shot on the island of Mykonos from late April to mid June. Most of them shot with a full frame DSLR but also some photos with medium format film.
The beginning of Summer found me working in the Cyclades, shooting photos for the touristic promotion of Syros island. Almost a week there and I hadn’t found some time to shoot anything personal as the schedule was very hectic, trying to shoot the entire island in a few days. Luckily all went well and my last morning on the island I was sure I had to create something for me. So I took my friend Orestis who is also the actor of the video campaign soon to be released and we headed to the beach. I had absolutely nothing in mind, all this was an impromptu shoot that just happened.
Following my great stay in Naxos, next stop was Folegandros. An island I was visiting for the first time, although I felt familiar with, since I had heard so much about it from friends. And it was all true!
This summer it was all about Greek islands and mainly the Cycladic ones. First stop was beautiful Naxos!
Summer vacation was almost there and I had already made arrangements to leave the forth coming week to Naxos, Folegandros & Sikinos. But I had a whole week of no plans whatsoever. And then my phone rang. I got an invitation to meet my friends in Milos and go on a 6 day cruise on their motor yacht.
A pre-vacation weekend break, July was the perfect month to visit beautiful Syros in the Cyclades. Had to settle some business and see certain friends. Explored the island a bit and found this amazing abandoned mansion over Komito beach. I took a few pics there, and also tried some night photography. Unfortunately the strong wind didn’t help me much. My favorite beach to swim is by far Agathopes and my favorite restaurant Allou Gyalou on Kini beach.