Capturing stunning photos is a passion of mine, so my recent trip to Santorini, which I call the sunset capital of the world was a photographer’s paradise with some of the most awe-inspiring views you could ever imagine! It has unquestionably lived up to the reputation that Instagram reveals as being one of the most photographed places in the world – but its more than that. When you come up, close and personal to Santorini – it actually takes your breath away!
Santorini is a volcanic island located in the most southern part of the Cyclades – a set of islands in Greece, surrounded by the serene Aegean sea and featuring superb views of the Caldera and the volcanic landscape. The notorious blue dome churches placed around the island and the white buildings strategically built on the edge of the cliffs are Santorini’s most historical features.
With such beautiful backdrops, charming cobbled streets and some of the most scenic hiking treks, it was quite surprising to see a succession of fashion conscious women wearing high heels and dressed in their finest couture – what were they thinking I thought? However, on closer inspection, I discovered they were quite right to do so! If you are going to be taking a photo of yourself in the most scenic location, of course, you need to dress the part and in your finest! The flow of lace, chiffon and silk in vibrant shades along the Caldera viewpoints was almost like a movie scene – some would say pure theatre.
It doesn’t end there! Apart from the fashion shoots, Santorini is a unique and popular destination wedding location, with brides and grooms flocking to the quaint villages, rooftops and balconies, along with their very own personal wedding photographer in tow. It was quite endearing to see the couples take that all-important and exclusive dream wedding photo. Everywhere I turned, there was another wedding shoot, with brides holding onto their long trains, glistening sequinned gowns and precariously balancing on clifftops – all in the name of that one shot, that no one else has!
I can certainly see why the wedding industry has overwhelmingly taken Santorini by its horns – or should I say its views! It is the biggest selling point, but also not forgetting the glorious sunsets among the traditional church settings. Exchanging vows in this beautiful island with the Caldera backdrop and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea is probably the most magical moment for many couples who decide to chase that ultimate photo-shoot wedding.
Something I found fascinating was The Red Beach – it was an astonishing sight, located in the village of Akrotiri at the most southern part of the island. It was quite a rare and unique vision of a beach that was created by the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions. I have not seen anything like it, but it is an admired place of depth and real character.
I stayed in the majestic village of Imerovigli, sometimes referred to as the balcony of the island, being 350 metres above sea level – almost as if its touching the clouds. It is a place of wonder and it was not uncommon for me to sometimes just stop and stare. The night views are incredible too, looking over Fira, the nightlife capital of Santorini. I can truly say the village of Imerovigli created on the edges of the cliffs had all the views you could every wish for.
Santorini has been a incredible experience and journey for me, and although I do tend to get swept away taking so many photos, there were moments that I stopped to reflect on the island’s radiance, beauty and to take part in the traditional applause for the most vivid and spectacular sunsets I have ever seen.
Photos by Sinni Kumar