1. Tell us a couple of things about you so we can get to know you better: your name, age, zodiac sign, and the place you grew up, where you live now, profession.
My name is Petros Nikolaides.
I was born on October 29th, 1980 and my zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Even though I haven’t lived in Cyprus for many years, the place I grew up and currently live in is Nicosia, the capital of the island of Cyprus. I am a professional landscape photographer. I also teach photography to beginners and photographers who want to expand their knowledge about landscape photography, composition and techniques concerning landscape photography.
2. Describe yourself in 3 (or even less) words.
Explorer, dreamer, visionary.
3. Which is your most favourite place to visit and how often to you get the chance to do so?
Whichever place is connected to the sea inspires me and I will visit often. One of my favourite places to visit here in Cyprus is the hidden beach in Chersonissos area, Limassol province.
4. What gets you out of bed every morning?
Pursuing new images and experiences that will enrich my life and make be a better and more whole as a person.
5. You are an extraordinary landscape photographer. Which is the landscape that has left a considerable imprint on you?
It’s hard to choose among the landscapes I’ve visited. If I had to choose one of them, it would be the Icelandic landscape.
6. You recently visited Iceland. What did impress you more and for which reasons is this country special?
The variation of landscapes combined with the sudden change of weather in Iceland, made me rank this destination first in my photographic preferences.
7. In such a beautiful land, what kind of landscapes stand out for you and why?
From someone simply visiting Iceland, you’d get a reply like “the waterfalls” or “the Blue Lagoon”. For me, photographically speaking, Iceland in its whole consists of a photographic frame. Whichever way you turn your eyes to there is beauty, as long as you can capture it through your lens.
8. Was there a noticeable place for food you came across?
It was a burger I ate at a gas station because it was the only place offering food I found, after driving 280km!
9. A coffee/breakfast spot?
There is no better breakfast than a hot cup of coffee inside your car when you find yourself in places like Iceland. The combination of hot coffee and a landscape full of glaciers is one of a kind.
10. What was the single thing Icelanders do that impressed you the most?
How friendly and hospitable people are. Also, cleanliness is unique in Iceland. They respect Nature around them and she respects them in return with her immense beauty. I saw no garbage in any of the days I spent there.
11. We only have 48 hours at our disposal in Iceland, what must we definitely see?
48 hours is far too little time for a place that can offer you so much like Iceland. If I only had 48 hours though, on the first day I would visit the Thingvellir National Park which is only 40km far from the capital and the international airport. For the evening, weather permitted, I would book a guided tour for the unique phenomenon of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). The next day, I would relax at the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, having of course booked a spot a month in advance (it’s really hard to find availability due to the many tourists all year round).
12. Why would you visit Iceland again soon?
I will visit Iceland again next days. The reason is that the first time I visited, I covered the south part of the country in terms of photography material. This time, I’m covering all the coastal shore. If everything goes well, in 2018 I will be showing a series of pictures in exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad about Iceland and the Faroe Islands where I’ll be going to before my trip to Iceland.
13. Where would you like to travel to next?
After my trip to Iceland and the Feroe Islands, I would like to go on a transatlantic trip maybe to the Siberian Kamtsatka, or Patagonia in South America or maybe New Zealand.
14. Words you live by with:
Love, safety, Creativity, Humbleness, Honesty, Truth, Photography.
15. What kind of music do you listen to these days? Share 10 of your favourite songs with us.
I generally listen to all kinds of music. Ten of my favorite tracks are:
1) ‘’Sound of Silence’’ (Disturbed),
2) ‘’Jungle’’ (Tash Sultana),
3) ‘’The Bluest Blues’’ (Alvin Lee),
4) ‘’Georgia on my mind’’ (Ray Charles),
5) ‘’November Rain’’ (Guns N’ Roses),
6) ‘’Boston’’ (Augustana),
7) ‘’Lions’’ (William Fitzsimmons),
8) ‘’Overkill’’ (Colin Hay),
9) ‘’Don’t look back in anger’’ (Oasis),
10) ‘’Always’’ (Bon Jovi),
11) ‘’Endless Love’’ (Lionel Richie & Diana Ross).
We would like to thank Petros Nikolaides for the interview and the beautiful conversation. For information about his work you can find him:
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