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Cinematographer Astypalea

Take me back to those brown,rocky mountains,
to that long, winding road,
to the brilliant sun,
shining in a clear, blue sky.”

Astypalea Cinematographer

“Sea, autumnal sweetness, islands bathed in light, the diaphanous cloak of delicate rainfall clothing Greece’s eternal bareness. “Happy the person,” I thought, “who is deemed worthy, before dying, to sail the Aegean.” This world offers many pleasures: women, fruit, ideas. But I think no pleasure exists that plunges a person’s heart into Paradise more than the joy of cutting across this sea on a gentle autumn day, murmuring the name of each island. Nowhere else are you transported from truth to dream with such serenity and ease. Boundaries fade; the mast of even the most dilapidated ship sprouts buds and grapes. Here in Greece, truly, necessity blossoms most certainly into a miracle.

― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Aura the mortal daughter of the Titan. Gliding in the wind like the air, she vanishes and appears bringing along with her, this irresistible breeze.

Our very own Aura. An old schooner, rich in tales and endless sails. At the far edge of the Aegean Sea, our island. Refuge to those who seek unique and carefree holidays, on secluded beaches, listening only to the sounds of the sea and happiness. Until the next summer.

Some will say we organize cruises. This is only part of the truth. What we actually do is share with you an unforgettable experience. To remember, look back to and dream for.

Cinematographers lost in greek summer

Travelling is part of our job description. And one of the main reasons we love wedding photography so much. We have to admit that even vacations involve, planning, framing and imagining how we could offer you an unforgettable experience on each island, but make no mistakes we love every moment of this pre-visualization. So, every year we put pins on our map. Some of them we accomplish some of them we leave for another time.

We love to stroll around the islands, discover and feel its vibe, see and get to know the kind of people that would choose it for their vacation or their wedding and randomly, or not, discover our favourite locations and our favourite times of the day. This summer Astypalea had its pin and was our target. Astypalea, the butterfly-shaped island, located exactly where the Dodecanese meets the Cyclades, with the bluer-than-blue seas, the crystalline waters and the beautiful beaches is for any visitor a unique discovery.

Love at first sight. As you disembark, you immediately feel the calm of the island. Νothing like the usual port, Agios Andreas is the first hint of what you are about to discover.
The endless snake-shaped country road led us through rocky brown hills under the bluest sky to an even bluest seashore. The air smelled of thyme and the golden sun was caressing our faces. Not a hint of wind this day, the sea was glowing silver wherever you set your eyes. This was so close to paradise. Or was it?

We have visited quite a number of islands, many of which are already listed in our favourites. And this is to be one of them.
Here everything runs at your own pace, to compliment your senses and welcome your stay. And all is well. With the world.
On an impulse I found myself to exclaim  “I’m happy” Just like you feel when you’re in love. And here you will always find something special to love.

The island charmed us witch its beauty and embraced us in its tranquillity and harmony. There is something contagious about this peace.
The main village, Chora unfolds itself from the top of the hill, through the dominating Venetian castle, the whitewashed houses down to our feet. The Castle of Querini an amazing sight to see, royally standing on the top of the hill build in dark stone, a strange contrast to the white-walled cluster of houses around it. Uniform white houses, with blue stutters and wooden balconies in total balance. Very small churches clustered together is a sight we have never seen before anywhere in the Aegean.
The portrait of Chora with its white body and ocean blue heart, down to the age-old windmills on the ridges leaves us speechless.
The endless uncultivated land and hills bathed by the serene sea creating tranquil bays… we could go on for ever.
Not intending to seem like another guide to the island, we could not resist a few words about what you shouldn’t miss.

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Around the island of Astypalea with Avra Cruises

Our boat photography and film project for Avra Cruises

A privately owned 16-meter wooden yacht, which is available for daily or weekly cruises on the inaccessible beaches of Astypalea island, is a project that we instantly connected to. We spent a couple of days on board the Avra, cruising out in the blue, exploring, experiencing and documenting. One of our niche specialities is boat photography. A speciality we innocently and unintentionally stumbled into many years ago through our genuine passion for the Sea.

Our company will provide you with extensive experience in the field of Boat Photography and Cinematography. Below you can find a few of our favourite boat photos. In our section Travels, you can also discover more wonderful destinations and share our experience.

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Images from the heart

For those meant to be...

 See more of our destination wedding photography at  www.rchive.gr and get in touch for your event at info@rchive.gr. We are available Worldwide.

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Special thanks to Avra Cruises for an exceptional tour around the island

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