Long time no speak! This summer I thought I would keep a little quiet and combined with all the political turmoil that was going on in my country in July, honestly, I wasn’t in a very photo sharing mood. Summer is over and all I am left with is my camera roll full of photos. Starting from Kefalonia, where I spent most of my vacation this summer, here’s a selection I made!
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.
Final destination of the summer odyssey was the island of Nisyros. A volcanic island with not so many beaches to like but a very unique, mysterious vibe to it that makes you feel instantly at home. Definitely going back to get together again with the new friends I made during my stay. See you all soon…
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.
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.
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.
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.
What happens when seven friends come over for dinner ? Well you drink lots of wine and head to the empty pool. That’s when the problems start!
The usual Sunday get together. Hot summer day, but what better option for exploration than an abandoned hotel by the beach? You can always go for a swim after shooting!
It’s always the weekend. I just need to leave the city. The hot summer weather just amplifies this wanderlust. Thanks to Fanis and Lia, I quenched my thirst for a bit of adventure. They invited me over to their rural house in a small village near Mycenae. I was ready in an instant, packed the camera bag and just left the city behind.