A photographic destination in Sifnos

A Greek musician confesses why he was attracted by the island of Sifnos

By mycountry In Photography, Travel

I don’t have a photographic ongoing project, unless you can call “life” one of those. As a musician I often travel to many places, and so, in the summer of 2016 life led me to the island of Sifnos in western Cyclades. 
Being initially around colleagues and work and bad thoughts, I didn’t understand its beauty until I made my first hike alone. The island is quiet even in summer’s high season, extremely clean, pure and photogenic, full with traditional Cycladic white houses, on which the intense summer sunlight likes to play with shadow.
Given the opportunity, and always curious by nature, I started observing everything for a long period of time. Firstly it was the light, the lovely contrast it created and the tonality of the shadows during the day, that led me to the creation of mostly typical minimalistic images. Then it was how people live and move around this scenery. Lastly, it was of course all about humans, who in contrast to other islands I’ve visited, are very kind, they have sharp sense of humour but are always concise with their words.
Summer passed and the next summer came and I returned to Sifnos for more of all the above, but there was something that bothered me, a question of how the island looks and feels during the other seasons. Question was answered in the several trips I made during fall and winter, on which I came to the following conclusion: photography-wise, Sifnos and the other islands of Cyclades are only famous for their summer landscapes and this is very unfortunate, because in fall-winter-spring time, a lively green colour takes the place of summer’s ochre and the result is just marvelous to behold.
(All photographs were shot on 35mm film)

 

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A personal observation by  ©Lefteris Vaiopoulos

1 Comment
  1. eLeM 2018-02-25

    Despite the beauty of all the seasons, I’m still longing for the summer…

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