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Santorini, with its breathtaking cliffs and reputation for the most beautiful sunset in the world, has become one of the most photographed places in Greece. When Photographer Petros Koublis accepted the challenge to capture a photo series of this inspiring landscape and culture, the results were more than breathtaking.
Rather than focusing on the typical imagery the island is known for, Koublis instead decided to explore the less known parts of the island, where he encountered a world different than expected. As has become a trademark of his aesthetic, Koublis’s work features animals and plants as an important part of the composition, elements that he uses to transform the photographs into surreal works of art.
When asked about his feelings on the series, Koublis responded,
“We approached Santorini as the equivalent of a dream. The island of Santorini rises like an enchanting secret, both hidden and revealed, both real and mythical, wrapped in the captivating drama of its prehistoric volcanic creation. The Spirit of fire still wanders amongst the black rocks of the island, reciting an ancient, hypnotic poem, vigorously narrating the story of its origin through the hieroglyphics that the lava has ecstatically engraved in the untamed land. A strange, murmured voice that enchants like a Siren’s song echoes from the steep cliffs of the Caldera; this song is the sound of the muddled, common memory of our very own origin. It is the sound of a whispering that escapes the crater, the deep blue sea, the irregular cracks in the scattered stones, the dark lunar soil, the carved caves, the breathing of the grazing horses as they dream of their mythological ancestors; Eos, Aethon, Pyrois and Phlegon, the horses that carried the chariot of the god Helios, the ancient personification of the Sun.” (Source: Yatzer)