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The town of Kymi is located on the external side of Euboea, facing the Aegean Sea. The landscape is primitive and mountainous, with sudden cliffs into the sea. The sea is turbulent most of the year due to strong northern winds.
One day in August, the winds were note strong in Kymi and people enjoyed their swim without having to deal with giant waves. At dusk, Kymi’s visitors enjoyed a meal or walked around the promenade. The taverns were crowded and so were the famous patisseries of the town.
At night, as people were casually eating, there came a sudden strong wind which tipped over the tables and stripped out the tavern shelters. Shortly after, the sky filled with heavy clouds that lit up by continuous lightning. Every flash of lightning revealed scenes that resembled black and white horror films and the sky seemed to be crushing the sky. The quiet, starry summer night turned into a hazy battlefield within a few minutes, forcing the families to go back home in a hurry.
Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me to take pictures of what was happening. I would have blindly turned the camera to the sea and take continuous shots, hoping to capture the scene.
By the time I returned to my hotel a terrible storm had broken out and that did not allow me to take any photographs, nor go out in my balcony to see what was going on. The wind was blowing furiously all night long and the lightning kept lighting up the room almost every second. The hotel was at a region named Stomio
a few kilometres from Kymi’s beach, located next to a river that leads to the sea.
I was wondering what the scenery would be like in the morning and if the rain would have stopped, as it is both an enemy and a challenge for photographers. I kept getting out of bed and looking out of my window, but everything was pitch dark.
At the first dim light of the morning the rain had subsided, but the wind kept blowing furiously. The landscape I was facing today was totally different to that of the previous day. The river had over flown and I could not tell it apart from the sea. The beach was covered by sea waves and nothing was visible but the poles of leftover umbrellas.
The sun had not yet risen when I went to the beach to capture the wild landscape. The waves were crashing and the waters travelled a long distance until they ended in the outfall of the river. It is a unique feeling to walk on a beach, vanishing under foaming waters.
This experience made me feel as if I was on a small island, surrounded by sea, lost in the scenery. I felt dizzy by the dancing water as it kept moving in various directions.
I decided to photograph the island with an amateur camera. I find it unnecessary to carry heavy equipment when going on leisure trips. Of course, when on a professional trip equipment is essential, but when visiting a small town for relaxation there is no reason to carry heavy and complex machines around. A decent camera and perspicuous lens are more than enough.
For me, photographing is based on two main things: emotion and technology. Without the first failure is a given, but without the latter there is still hope. I think it is better to have a technically inferior result than risk submitting to technicalities, which can turn an original photographing experience to a tiring and stale endeavour.
TEXT-PHOTOS: GEORGE ZAFEIROPOULOS