Photography is such a powerful source of inspiration in my life. I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to this form of creativity; there’s something incredibly satisfying about curating the perfect shot. From allowing the natural light to be my guide to framing the subject, all the elements that lead up to the click of the shutter only serve to ingrain that moment in my memory further. That’s why I was thrilled to collaborate with Canon and PIXMA printers, as I wanted to find creative ways to share my Santorini travel memories with you all. Today, in the first of a series of three posts and exclusive videos, I’m inviting you to follow along my colourful adventures and see how the ease of the Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solution app – that can be downloaded to use in conjunction with new PIXMA printers – allow me to print my photos whenever inspiration beckons.
Santorini was unlike any other Greek island I’ve stayed on in the past – yes, the traditional Greek blue colour adorned countless churches, weathered shutters and doors as expected, but nothing could have prepared me for the incredible island views. Santorini is almost horseshoe shaped because of a caldera (caused by the mouth of the volcano collapsing to create a crater of water) and as such you can look back at other parts of the island from almost anywhere. The topography of the dark volcanic island alone is striking, but against the intense mass of still-as-a-millpond dark blue sea, a sky so clear it could be glass and sun-soaked cave houses tumbling down the side of the cliffs, the juxtaposition created is incredibly captivating.
While the much photographed and visited town of Oia was an amazing place, it was taking the road less travelled to smaller, quieter corners of the island that pierced my memories most strongly upon return. One particular highlight was an afternoon spent photographing, swimming and eating at Amoudi Bay. Tucked away at the foot of the northern most tip of the island, this little fishing village is set up to charm your socks off. After diving in for a quick dip you can sip cooling refreshments, while watching the fishermen return with their fresh catches of the day. Brightly coloured boats gently bob around in the clear turquoise waters as your lunch is cooked above open coals in little tavernas right on the water’s edge. As I look back through my photographs I feel as though I can once again hear the lapping of the sea and the smell of the freshly grilled fish. Photography rocks, doesn’t it? Next week I’ll be blogging about bringing these cherished memories into the home via three creative ideas for printing and displaying special photographs at home.
// Photography by Will Taylor | Shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III