Cyprus 
A Mediterranean Experience


Cyprus is one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations: marked by Empires of all historical eras, located at Middle-East latitudes, European at heart.

 

The national investment agency for Cyprus approached me with the proposal of refreshing their film locations image library and capture glimpses of the island's beauty, ahead of advertising the country as a top destination to international media productions - and with the Dubai Expo firmly in sight. 

For practical purposes, film locations tend to be captured by ultra wide-angles and 360-degree techniques. On this assignment, I wanted the outcome to go beyond functional and opted for a more elastic medium-to-wide angle range, to keep visuals as naked-eye-faithful as possible and avoiding distortion. The goal: a memorable visual tour of the most exquisite Cypriot hotspots and less-known gems spread around the country.

 

This stylistic approach granted me the chance to swop to a more editorial mode in between locations, and capture instants of lifestyle, people, and local excellence while ticking boxes on the itinerary. An exciting tour the force shared with a passionate film crew that brought us to over fourty locations over the course of twelve days.

Beyond mainstream

Limassol's sand dunes, Avakas Gorge, and the Troodos Mountains are three hotspots examples that present unique sides to Cyprus.

 

The first one, mystic and remote, lies in total contraposition to the golden beaches located only a few miles away. The gorge hosts an endemic plant species and presents a hiking opportunity nowhere near to be found. And the Troodos Mountains would deserve a chapter on their own only to introduce the variety of natural and seasonal wonders available in such a relatively confined area.

Pano Lefkara

Inland Cyprus, 650m above sea level: the village of Pano Lefkara has been situated right here for several centuries, observing Byzantine, Venetian, British and Ottoman Empires occupying the country one after another until recent independence days. 


The village is known for its lace and silver work. The former is UNESCO-recognised and gained huge popularity in East Asia, resulting in more tourist streams from Japan and surroundings than anywhere else. What’s most beautiful - silversmiths and craftspeople can be seen at work while strolling around the typical narrow streets shaping the village. 

Unexpected gems

Underwater churches. Ghost villages. Coastal caves. Hidden waterfalls. The country doesn't show off all its jewels - some need to be chased. If wineyards and archaeological strongholds  make a great cover page, the above mentioned gems and their baggage of history easily fill a photo essay on Cyprus' best kept secrets.

Borderline

The northern side of the island is occupied by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus since the early 80s, and constitutes a political dispute to the present day. The international law considers such occupation illegal.

The border dividing the capital Nicosia is particularly surreal: signs and remainings of the last armed conflicts, decades ago, are still visibile across buildings and streets. Iron barrels and barbed wire mark a clear line all along the border. One can even greet militaries sitting in their outposts. And yet, just around the corner, coffee places, private flats and shops run business as usual.

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