The appreciation of light

Τhis will be a rather different post than my usual, more travel oriented ones. This post is about my relationship with the sun and the vital importance of light on my everyday life.  After what it felt like a long winter, with the shorter days, colder temperature, rainy weather and long dark nights being the normal, all I wanted to do was to take refuge in my warm home and prepare my self for the coming of spring. This is the drive behind this post; the transition from winter to spring. A major turning point from a time of nesting and preparation, to actually becoming more extrovert and working towards our goals. In nature, we can sense this transition even more intensely. We are taken over by its blossom, swept away by the awakening of plants and animals…The days become warmer, the light is much stronger. That’s when I get this dominant feeling of wanderlust again and I just want to be outdoors, soaking in the warm rays of sun like a sponge. Being a photographer, my appreciation for natural light goes even deeper, a never ending quest for capturing that perfect moment of illumination. Greece, this special place in the world, offers me abundance of light. The sun always shines brighter here. The Sun is a Greek God: idolised, worshipped, omnipresent and precarious. ‘He’ feeds my inspiration, but harms my skin. I should never forget ‘His’ power, thus, lesson for the months ahead: protect my ‘surface’ to nourish my ‘inside’.

 

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August in Chios

Chios has been one of those islands that I have always wanted to visit but never made any actual plans. Until this summer, where everything just fell into place and I visited this beautiful place in the north aegean, under the best of circumstances. Although it’s a relatively big island and five days are not enough to see everything, I had a perfectly designed itinerary from one of my friends, so I got to see literally nothing but the best! I would definitely recommend Chios as a vacation destination, beaches are many and some of them are absolutely stunning, food is great and there are many interesting villages, museums and sights to be seen. Check out some of the photos I took in these five days on the island!

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Spring break in Mykonos

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!

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Autumn in Santorini

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!

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Summer closing in Kefalonia

Just like the last couple of years, there has to be at least one summer visit in the Ionian islands and to be more specific, in Kefalonia.  There are a few posts already about Kefalonia (and you can find them here, here, here and here) but I can’t ever get enough of this beautiful island. Especially when I have friend that like to pose for me around! Check some of the photos I took in August on the island!

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Back to Nisyros

Two years later and I’m back on this little volcanic island on the southeast Aegean. This time I didn’t get the chance to go to the volcano but you can see the photos from my previous visit here. Nisyros is a very unique island, there is a very special energy to it (some say it’s the volcano) and some of the most otherworldly landscapes. I stayed at the wonderful village of Emporios again and had excellent food at Triantafylos’ taverna almost every single day. A must do apart from visiting the volcano is a day trip to the nearby island of Gyali for swimming or snorkeling. Below are some photos from my latest visit!

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A week in Patmos

Patmos had been on my list for a while now and this July I finally made it there. It’s definitely a very special place and I would recommend it to everyone seeking tranquility in their vacation. I was lucky enough to be with friends that know the island very well so my time was well spent. I was even luckier to be a guest at the excellent villas Onar just a few minutes away from Petra beach which made the whole experience truly unforgettable. I will definitely try to be back next year!

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Karpathos Interrupted

This was my third visit to the island of Karpathos in just over a year but the first time I was there in mid October. I was really looking forward to seeing my friend Popi again and also staying at her excellent Silene Villas. The weather was perfect, even better than summer and the beaches were very quiet, totally how I like them!

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