Εstuary of Acheloos River
The rivers Acheloos and Evinos are dynamic natural elements, with imposing, destructive, but also life-giving power. The buoyant materials of the two rivers, combined with the waves and currents of the Gulf of Patras, created the extensive system of a total of six Messolonghi – Aitoliko lagoons, among the largest in the Mediterranean. It is a roughly triangular area, bounded to the south by natural islets and sand dunes.
In the Delta of Acheloos but also in its valley (protected by the Ramsar convention), there is a unique wetland, with black vultures, kites, cormorants, silver pelicans, oyster-eaters, wild horses and many other species, while its sand dunes are a rare phenomenon for Greece. A landscape of wild natural beauty, a unique natural zoo.
Photography of these areas began in 2018 and is still ongoing. The purpose of this work is to get to know this place, which is constantly being transformed by the alluvium of Acheloos, but mainly to get to know the few people who today live in these areas, against the logic of urbanism.
All of them did not deny their true selves. They were not bewitched by the sirens of the ephemeral, they did not renounce precious values that for centuries nurtured the existence of Greece as an idea and as a way of life.
As I walk through these areas, I see this small, beautiful and strange homeland. Made of sea foam and the most playful sun in the world. Built on the laughter, the patriotism and the levity of its people. This country blessed by the hand of God.