Paralimni, Famagusta- Cyprus
About Stelios Kleanthous
I’m Cypiot, and I live by the seaside in the Protaras area.
Photography is my calling, my profession, and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me insane someday.
I don’t photograph subjects. I photograph the way they make me feel.
Admittedly, it’s a bit of a strange concept.
But it’s honest – and it’s the best way to describe my approach to the craft.
I wrestle with every image I shoot.
I assume perfection is possible and I want to bring it out of every picture.
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Protaras (Greek: Πρωταράς; Turkish: Protaras) is a predominantly tourist resort which comes under the administrative jurisdiction of Paralimni Municipality in Cyprus.
In ancient times, where Protaras is now located, stood the old city-state of Leukolla. The city possessed a small safe harbour where the Athenian Demetrius Poliorketes sought refuge in the year 306 BC, lying in wait for Ptolemeos, one of the successors of Alexander the Great.
In the ensuing battle, Ptolemeos was defeated and fled to Egypt, leaving Cyprus in the hands of Demetrius for a short time. Protaras is also referred to as “the land of windmills”, maintaining the nostalgic quality of the past.
Protaras has clear sky-blue waters and sandy beaches, the most well-known of which is Fig Tree Bay. Building on the success of Ayia Napa, located about 10 km (6 mi) southwest, it has expanded into a modern holiday resort of considerable size with tens of high capacity hotels, hotel apartments, villas, restaurants, pubs and associated facilities. Being quieter than Ayia Napa and having less of a club scene, it has a reputation of catering more for family and Cypriot tourism. Cape Greco is a 10-minute drive from the center of Protaras, and is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island.
Protaras is one of the most popular diving destinations with some of the best dive sites of Cyprus and the East Med. Green Bay being the most popular dive site with thousands of first timers trying scuba skills. The Blue Hole, the Chapel, the Decosta Bay, and Malama Bay are great sites, with Protaras being the most famous dive site for Technical Diving and Commercial Diver training and is on the Cyclops Bay located on the border with Ayia Napa.
The photographs of Stelios Kleanthous stand as great art to me by virtue of the fact that he captures one of the most majestic places on earth in a timeless vision.
Each image he makes arises as a manifestation from the heart of the earth with its surging cloak of the sea.
Stelios expresses and captures the edge of the world as a transcendent portal to the entire cosmos through his orchestration of the visual landscape found before him. He does this through the highly skilled manipulation of the instruments of his profession: the camera and accompanying technologies.
His selection, arrangement and capture of lights and darks, texture, colors and translucency before him embrace a timeless symbology of symphonic resonance that lingers in the subconscious memory like a healing balm and direct connection to all origin of creation.
Written by Janis Kirstein
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