The other side of Athens

Petros Koublis captures the silent countryside that surrounds the capital's "desperate cry"
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Somnolent - beyond the brittle town asleep, December 2012, by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes
Somnolent - beyond the brittle town asleep, December 2012, by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes

The Greek photographer Petros Koublis' landscapes don't afford a traditional view of Athens. There are no buildings with tiled roofs packed closely together, no piazzas and certainly no Acropolis. Koubis's bucolic photographs appear to be a world apart from the ancient, beleaguered city, though his locations are less than 30 miles from the centre of the struggling Greek capital.

 

Silenzio - something of silence so silently flee, 2013 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes
Silenzio - something of silence so silently flee, 2013 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes

His photo-series, In Landcapes, subtitled 'An alternate state in parallel time', shows the other side of Athens: one covered in woodlands, grassy fields and wildlife and in direct contrast to the hustle and current tensions within the city.

"Surrounded by the silence of centenarian olive groves, meadows, mountains and seas, the city today struggles to carry the weight of its own existence," Koublis says, "facing a rather tough and tense present. This is a prolonged silence that seems to surround the loud and desperate cry that comes out of the capital city."

Soledad - nothing as splendid as the sea, March 2013 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes
Soledad - nothing as splendid as the sea, March 2013 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes

Starting out as a painter, Koubis took up photography in 2000 and, after studying his craft in Athens turned professional in 2004. He has since had his work featured in magazines and exhibitions across Greece and the rest of Europe.

 

Nostos - fate per as somewhat more than less, December 2012 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes
Nostos - fate per as somewhat more than less, December 2012 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes

While Koubis' landscapes are far from the metropolis of Athens, idyllic and at times magical, there is still a sense of apprehension accentuated by broken and fallen trees, autumnal orange bushes which cut through the trees like fire and loan animals which seem acutely aware of the photographer's presence.

"There is no beauty that is timeless but the timelessness of nature can reflect a new direction, maybe even a hope. It's not a blissful silence but it's an inspiring one," Koublis concludes.

 

Unicorns - then whispering more, January 2013, by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes
Unicorns - then whispering more, January 2013, by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes

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Almas - the rain is a handsome animal, January 2013 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes
Almas - the rain is a handsome animal, January 2013 by Petros Koublis, from In Landscapes


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