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On my birthday this year, we went on a small trip to a nearby town called Veria. It was a beautiful, bright, spring day. The area is very well known for its delicious peaches that are harvested in the summer, so after lunch we went to find one of its numerous peach fields. This time of year the peach trees are full of pink blossoms and they make for a really pretty setting for a photoshoot.

My initial plan had been to go there with a model, so I could have more options and try some more things. That plan fell apart thougn, because after asking an old friend who I thought would be perfect for what I had in mind, she couldn’t make it and I could not think of anyone else on short notice. That reminded me that I have to finally make a list of available models. So, I decided to go for a self-portait.

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chloris, 2019

Chloris was a nymph in Greek mythology. She was associated with spring, flowers and new growth and believed to have dwelt in the Elysian Fields. She was abducted by Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, who transformed her into a deity known as Flora, after they were married. Together, they had a son, named Karpos (which is the greek word for fruit).

In the recent years the Veria tourism club, has made efforts to promote the area and the unique event of the blossoming peach trees, by organizing events around the peach tree blossoms. One of those events is a photography contest, which was actually what drove me to go out there and create something in the first place. Regardless of the contest though, it was a chance for me to be surrounded by nature in its prettiest and create something new. It was also a chance to take a break from organizing my next project, which has taken up most of my time recently. More on that later, though.

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