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Lightning Storm on Ikaria, Greece, 2011

The displayed image is a [time-lapse composite] of more than 70 photos from Ikaria island, Greece. Ikaria island is world known for the people calmness and longevity, serene landscapes and the rough inland terrain, dominated by free gazing animals, which led referring to the place as ‘The Planet of the Goats’. The sequence of lightning images was taken at the same night, after a total lunar eclipse at June 15, 2011. The whole purpose was to capture the eclipse.

The weather forecast was disappointing, and the excursion cancellation seemed like the only choice. I was only convinced to go, after my wife Tery, told me that ‘something good will happen’. Something good happened indeed, as I returned with my best photos ever, a lunar eclipse combined with a couple of lightnings and the most fearsome lightning display I have ever seen in my life. The National Geographic publication was a childhood dream came true and the opportunity to tell the story, because after all, everything is about telling stories.

Location: Ikaria, Greece
Photograph Date: 2011
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200
Available Sizes: 100cm 150cm

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About the Photographer

Chris Kotsiopoulos

I was born in Greece, one of the most photogenic countries in the world, the paradise of landscape photographers as I like to call it.

As a child, there was a lot of inland traveling with the family as my father was an army officer. The passion for exploration, the continuous challenge of adapting in new environments and the burning desire to tell stories through vivid colours eventually led me to landscape photography.

My area of expertise is capturing earthy sceneries combined with celestial wonders. The Moon rising behind an ancient temple, the Milky Way arching above a 500-year-old oak tree, the nature at its best; solar eclipses, lightning storms, all these places, waiting to be discovered, all these stories, waiting to be told.

I currently live in London, UK, anticipating for the next time under the starry sky with a tripod and a camera.

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