Words & Photographs by Richard Kelleher
In Crete, one feels transported back in time. The island is characterised by dramatic landscapes – harsh, cragged cliffs sculpted by coastal winds, gold-washed sunsets and the deep blue hue of the sea. It is a place of strength and beauty, embodied by uncompromising family values and regional pride.
When choosing what camera to take, I decided that the depth and texture gained from shooting on film would best capture the island’s natural allure, as well as the feeling that Crete really is a place rooted in times gone by. The island’s economy, tourism aside, is still reliant on its finest local produce: olive oil. It was Odysseus who bathed in this “liquid gold”, and indeed, your imagination feels inspired by tales of Ancient Greece whenever you set eyes on the rugged coastline. A place of mythic renown, Crete’s weathered aesthetic is only the first step on an experience rich in culture.