Greek photographer and filmmaker Alexandros Maragos has launched a beautiful homage to his native metropolis of Athens. The brief movie, made up of some completely epic hyperlapse and timelapse footage, presents town as a buzzing metropolis the place previous and new dramatically come collectively. “I’m proud to be an Athenian citizen,” Alexandros tells Lonely Planet, “and I’ve always wanted to create something for my city. Crisis fuels the arts, and over the last few years, Greeks have become extremely active and creative. I wanted to do my part and actively participate in supporting my city.”
For Alexandros, it was necessary to maneuver away from drained stereotypes, and as an alternative showcase the methods during which this dynamic metropolis is continually evolving. “Athens is changing through its architecture, culture and arts,” he says. “It has some new and stunning works of art, like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which was designed by Renzo Piano, and is the city’s new cultural landmark.”
“What also defines the characteristics of a metropolis is its public space and urban environment,” he continues. “From the gorgeous neoclassical building of the Academy of Athens and the architectural trilogy of Panepistimiou Street, to the brand new SNFCC and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens – despite the financial crisis – is growing and expanding in the right direction.”
Alexandros spent a powerful 90 days capturing ‘City of Athens’. “It was quite exhausting because of the locations and techniques I used,” he says. “I wanted to capture Athens from its highest points, so the main shooting locations were the four mountains encircling the capital: Ymittos Mountain to the east, Parnitha to the north, Mount Penteli to the northeast and Aigaleo to the west. I took many shots from Lycabettus Hill in the very centre of the city, and I also used the rooftops of its highest buildings.” Find out extra in regards to the movie right here.