Finikas: Palm Tree

“Phinikas (Greek: Φοίνικας, also spelled Φοίνηξ in Katharevousa and Phoenix in English, meaning Palm tree, Turkish: Finike) is an abandoned village in the Paphos District of Cyprus, located 3 km northeast of Anarita.”1

“According to the Ottoman census of 1831, the village was solely inhabited by Muslims. Later censuses show that Foinikas remained a Turkish Cypriot village, with only a small number of Greek Cypriots appearing in the records.”2


Finikas: Finike

“No one was displaced during the tensions of the late 1950s, nor was anyone displaced during the intercommunal strife of 1963-64. The village served as a Turkish Cypriot enclave until 1975. Most of the Turkish Cypriot fighters and their families fled the village in 1974 after a Greek Cypriot offensive (mounted in response to the Turkish Cypriot offensive in the north) and sought refuge in Stavrokonnou. Some of those who stayed behind fled over the mountains to the north while the remaining 58 persons were eventually evacuated to the north part of the divide under UNFICYP escort on 16 August 1975.”3

Finikas: Φοίνικας

“After the departure of the Turkish Cypriots, some displaced Greek Cypriots from the north were initially resettled in the village. However the government later moved most of the persons in order to build a large dam near the village. Today the village is empty and is in ruins.”4

Finikas: Phoenix

“In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix (Greek: φοῖνιξ phoinix; Latin: phoenix, phœnix, fenix) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn.

Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. According to some sources, the phoenix dies in a show of flames and combustion, although there are other sources that claim that the legendary bird dies and simply decomposes before being born again.

Dante refers to the phoenix in Inferno Canto XXIV:

Even thus by the great sages ’tis confessed, the phoenix dies, and then is born again, when it approaches its five-hundredth year;

On herb or grain it feeds not in its life, but only on tears of incense and amomum, and nard and myrrh are its last winding-sheet.”5

Finikas: Centre of the Universe

“One needs empathy, readiness and responsibility to reconcile. If these virtues finally prevail over our Cypriot self-images of victimhood and the ideas that “Stagnation is the solution” and “Look, nobody is dying now”, we will manage to forge a sustainable path for peace. Only then will the trauma of war cease to define our collective self, both north and south.”6

“Time, as never before, is of the essence. The island’s ethnic divide has only hardened with time. Extremists on both sides, but especially among the majority population in the Greek-run south, vehemently reject the idea of reunification…

Ultimately, if these talks fail, there is a very real possibility that Turkey will simply annex the north,” said James Ker-Lindsay, a specialist on Cyprus at the London School of Economics.

That’s the real danger. When it comes to Cyprus people have heard countless times that “this is a last chance for peace.” The difference, this time, is that sadly it is true.”7

“It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn’t get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.”8

Prof. Richard P. Feynman


This website hosts a collection of photographs titled “Centre of the Universe: An exploration of Cyprus’s place in space and time”.

The collection is comprised of twenty photographs which seek to investigate Cyprus’s place within its broader cosmological context. By juxtaposing features of its landscape with the milky way galaxy and other celestial objects, the series attempts to explore the island’s size and age relative to its cosmic surroundings. Through this exploration the series aims to confront viewers with fundamental questions about their relationship with the island, its people and its conflicts, both present and historical.

The photographs were shot between 2014 and 2016 and are accompanied by various captions derived from publicly available sources. The original text can be accessed via the captions’ footnotes.


Αυτή η ιστοσελίδα φιλοξενεί μια συλλογή φωτογραφιών με τίτλο: “Κέντρο του Σύμπαντος: Εξερευνώντας την θέση της Κύπρου στον χώρο και τον χρόνο”.

Η συλλογή αποτελείται από είκοσι φωτογραφίες που εξετάζουν την θέση της Κύπρου εντός του ευρύτερου κοσμολογικού της πλαισίου. Αντιπαραθέτοντας χαρακτηριστικά του Κυπριακού τοπίου με τον γαλαξία στον οποίο βρισκόμαστε και άλλα ουράνια αντικειμένα, η συλλογή εξερευνά το μέγεθος και την ηλικία της Κύπρου σε σχέση με το κοσμολογικό της περιβάλλον. Μέσω αυτής της εξερεύνησης η σειρά έχει ως στόχο να φέρει τους θεατές της αντιμέτωπους με θεμελιώδη ερωτήματα που αφορούν την σχέση τους με το νησί, τους κατοίκους του και τις διαμάχες του, τόσο παρελθοντικές όσο και παρούσες.

Οι φωτογραφίες τραβήχτηκαν μεταξύ 2014 και 2016 και συνοδεύονται από διάφορες λεζάντες που προέρχονται από δημόσια διαθέσιμες πηγές. Οι πηγές αυτές είναι προσβάσιμες μέσω των υποσημειώσεων.


Bu websitesinde “Kainatın Merkezi: Kıbrıs’ın Uzay ve Zamandaki Yeri” başlıklı fotoğraf seçkisini bulabilirsiniz.

Seçkide Kıbrıs’ın kozmolojik olarak yerini sorgulayan yirmi fotoğraf yer alıyor. Ada coğrafyası Samanyolu ve göksel cisimlerle yan yana getirilerek Kıbrıs’ın onu çevreleyen evrene kıyasla büyüklüğü ve yaşı sorgulanıyor. Seçki bu vesileyle izleyenleri gerek günümüzdeki gerek tarihteki ada, halkı ve çatışmaları hakkında temel sorular sormaya davet ediyor.

2014-2016 döneminde çekilmiş olan fotoğraflar açık kaynaklardan elde edilmiş muhtelif yazıyla takdim ediliyor. Orjinal kaynaklara dipnotlardan ulaşılabilir.





I received a lot of help from a number of people in the planning, shooting and editing stage of these photos. I wanted to acknowledge their contribution and offer my gratitude to:

Loizos for his sage advice, willingness to always listen, supreme navigation skills, encyclopaedic knowledge of Cyprus, company in the dark and for generally putting up with the madness over the entire period of production,

Lambros for being the co-pilot on my very first “mission” to collect photons from a galaxy far far away and for getting me to point the camera in the right direction,

Suleyman for going beyond the call of duty and way outside his driving comfort zone in order to ferry the team up a mountain and assuage its collective Greek Cypriot paranoia,

Eliana for not letting me let it slide, for giving me the confidence that this work was worth sharing and for schooling me on the importance of hashtags,

Arda for taking time out from saving lives to sort out a last minute translation,

Alex for making the website design process painless and for coming up with some amazing ideas on how to present it all,

Andrew for introducing me to Alex and for his infectious can do attitude,

All the family and friends who offered encouragement, comments, feedback and ideas along the way and who are far too many to mention individually,

The good people at Canon, Sigma, Manfrotto, Adobe and Photopills whose amazing equipment and software makes photos such as these possible,

All the other astrophotography geeks out there who took the time (and had the kindness) to share their techniques and tips online,

Cyprus, its people and its history,

And finally to Constantinos who gifted me the ability to collect light and without whose incredible act of kindness none of this would have ever happened.




Canon EOS 5DSR
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 1DX
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art
Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L USM
Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L USM IS

Manfrotto befree & 190 series tripods
Hähnel Giga T Pro II Remote Release
Photix Aion Remote release


Adobe Lightroom CC (OSX)
Adobe Photoshop CC (OSX)
Ralph D. Hill LLC Starry Landscape Stacker (OSX)
Photopills (iOS)











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