1. Tell us a few things about yourself, so we can get to know you better: your full name, your age and date of birth, your zodiac sign, the place you grew up at, where do you live now and what do you do for a living.
My name is Christos Manioros, I am 30 years old and I was born and raised in Metaxochori, a Cretan village located in the center of the Heraklion prefecture. I live and work in Heraklion as a professional photographer, but I also do it as a hobby.
2. Which is the place you love going the most, and how often do you go there (and a couple of reasons why) ?
All the southern coasts of Crete are destinations that still amaze me, even after all these years. If I had to pick a place, this would be Ayiofaraggo, in the Asterousian Mountains. Its a place that perfectly combines the mountain view and the sea and, depending on the period, it can provide peacefulness and relaxation. I would like to believe that the publicity this place has received in recent years will not affect its beauty.
3. Describe yourself in three words (or less)
4. What makes you get out of bed each day?
Melina and Markos, our two dogs who always wake up before us in order to take their morning walk.
5. Through your love of photography, what is the thing you love the most about it and which is the image that you remember the most?
What keeps me bonded with photography is the feeling of creation. You feel a certain sense of redemption when you hold something inside your head for long and finally manage to capture it in a photograph. You often feel that you “give birth” in a way, you manifest something into reality, something that you have been holding inside. I am not sure if I can pick out just one image, but one of the most intense experiences I had was definitely the trip I made with my brother to Ethiopia. He is also a photographer, and the tribes we met in our journey surely carved a lot of images in both our brains.
6. You live and work in Crete, tell us a few things about the place you live in. How do you experience that?
I have been living in Heraklion since I was 19. In the words of a French hiker, it is a plain with huge and wonderful mountains, surrounded by the sea. Crete is the best starting place for all kinds of excursions, sports and activities in nature. I feel blessed to be living in a place like this, and I wish I can experience whatever Crete has to offer.
7. What do you like/dislike?
What I admire the most about this place is the contrast of the scenery, the mountains and the sea that dare you to discover their magic. Anyone can find a place in Crete that fits their needs, whichever they are. What I dislike the most is the fact that the locals don’t always show the respect they should, in an environmental kind of way. We sometimes forget that nature can live without humans. It is us humans that need nature, and not the other way around.
8. What activities would you suggest to a friend who had 48 hours to spend in Crete?
If someone had 48 hours to spend in Crete, I would definitely suggest a trip to the south side of the island. Grab a hammock, good company and good mood, and you will have a blast.
9. Which habit of the local people amazes you the most?
Cretans are famous for a lot of things, but mostly for their love of music. The traditional revelries, called “glentia”, can start with the smallest of excuses. It’s in the Cretan blood to make something beautiful out of a couple of “lyras” or a “laouto” (traditional Cretan musical instruments), some good wine and a lot of fun. This is probably the best custom, or tradition, of this place. However, there is another side to the story, when people want to express their manhood through excessive drinking – which often leads to unpleasant situations.
10. Favourite thing to do while in Crete?
My favourite thing to do is a daily excursion in nature. We often pack all the necessities, including our dogs, and go for a trip in nature. Cooking in nature, with good company, is one of my favourite things to do.
11. Which is your next preferred destination?
I am not sure if this will actually be my next destination, or will just remain an unfulfilled dream, but I would love to traverse the entire African continent with my camper-van. I have already travelled to Africa once, and it is truly magical.
12. Words to live by in life?
Respect and love for the nature and the animals.
13. What kind of music do you listen to these days? Send us 10 of your favourite songs, and how would you name them if they were feelings.
I am a person that will start listening to music before doing anything else!