Those interested in aerial photography are sure to be familiar with the name Costas Spathis.
Based in Athens, the Greek architect turned photographer has quickly made a name for himself, exemplified by his 138,000 (and counting) following on Instagram alone. And it’s not all that hard to see why.
The 34-year-old says that as far back as he can remember, he was always drawn to design and the fabrication of objects, particularly using his hands. So when it came time to embark on the next step in his trajectory, Spathis says architecture seemed like the next logical step.
But after finishing his degree, as a result of the financial crisis, like many of the country’s youngest and brightest Spathis says he was forced to think outside the box, and explore other avenues.
With photography his creative outlet, he started to invest more time in it, eventually discovering drone technology. Little did he know at the time that his newfound passion, knowledge of architecture and love of geometry, symmetry, patterns and minimalism would marry so well, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing formula.
“I always liked photography, but one thing is for certain, if there was no financial crisis in Greece then maybe I would not have truly discovered the art of photography, as well as drones,” Spathis told Neos Kosmos.
“Then after studying architecture, and having that influence inside me, I started looking at the world through the eyes of an architect – and the basic visual of the architect is to look downwards,” which is what makes aerial photography such a fitting choice.
Born in Trikala, a small town in northwestern Thessaly a fair distance from the sea, Spathis says he had a longing to explore further afield not only his own country, but the world.
As soon as he was in a position to do so, the photographer moved to the Greek capital. Since then, his travels have led him across the world, exploring different cultures, and continuing to hone his craft by discovering new innovative techniques.
“I would like my next destination to be Australia – it is so beautiful and so varied in its geomorphology,” says Spathis. But when asked his favourite destination to shoot on location, he admits nothing beats his homeland.
“There are many beautiful destinations that I have visited and other places I dream to go someday. But there’s nothing quite like the colours and climate of my country – I love the blue sea,” he says.
“When I am in Athens, I enjoy the sun and the warm climate of this city.”
To see more of Costas Spathis’ work, visit https://www.instagram.com/spathumpa/