Capturing the Essence of Greek Island Life With Ferry Photography

Ferry Photography Capturing the Essence of Greek Island Life

As an internationally acclaimed photojournalist, Ferry has collaborated with publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times and GEO. He has shot in dozens of countries investigating causes of conflict and cultural survival.

He uses a variety of composition techniques to draw a viewer into the image. For example, the use of railings creates depth and focuses a viewer’s eye.


From rugged mountains and gorges to otherworldly beaches that transport you from an African oasis to the planet Mars, Crete is a photographer’s paradise. The island also boasts beautiful coastal towns with distinct old and new town atmospheres perfect for capturing architectural photography. Plus, the island has a plethora of beaches that are picture-perfect at sunrise or sunset.

The unique zig-zag shape of Seitan Limania Beach is an Instagrammer’s dream come true. This stunning beach is sandwiched between two rocky cliffs with different hues of turquoise water rushing up to meet the white sandy shore. For the best photo, walk a few meters down the beach and position yourself at an opening between the rocks.

Kolokitha Beach is another gorgeous and secluded beach on the island of Kalydon on Crete’s eastern coast. This heavenly beach has that signature crystal clear turquoise blue water that is so famous for Greece. This is a perfect location for landscape photographers who love the sea and those looking to capture that iconic Greek beach photo.

During your visit to Crete, don’t miss the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos. For the best photos, head here for golden hour and admire the town from this famed viewpoint. Plus, spend the day strolling around this charming seaside city and enjoying a traditional Greek dinner under the stars.


The Greek island of Mykonos is a photographer’s paradise. With iconic windmills overlooking the azure waters, quaint villages with whitewashed buildings and quiet cobbled streets, and vibrant bougainvillea covering every corner, Mykonos offers an endless canvas for stunning images.

One of the best places to start is Chora, Mykonos’ old town. This beautiful village consists of snow-white houses and is adorned with bright blue doors and stairways that make for the quintessential Greece photo backdrop. It’s also home to the iconic Church of Panagia Paraportiani, which is perfect for couples looking for an engagement photo spot in Mykonos.

Another great place for photography is Little Venice, a picturesque area with snow-white houses and bright blue shutters. It’s a great place to take photos of the picturesque alleyways and traditional fishing boats that line the waterfront. You can also capture beautiful shots of the beach at sunset, when the azure waters are a gorgeous shade of blue.

Mykonos is also known for its gourmet restaurants and modern bar-restaurants. Many of these are located in luxury hotels, overlooking the endless Aegean Sea or on the beach. But you can find some excellent food at more affordable prices in small tavernes and cafes throughout the island.


The dramatic erose limestone cliffs of Zakynthos (Zante, traditional name) island harbour many a secluded cove and beach, especially along the northern portion of the 123-kilometre coastline. One such spot is the now-iconic and picture-perfect Navagio Beach, whose secluded teal waters and powerdy white sand beach are a revered European bucket list travel destination.

The famous shipwreck is the main attraction, of course, but you should also explore the coves and beaches around it, including Xigia Sulfur Beach and Pelagaki Beach, which boast their own enchanting scenery. Another top stop is the cliff-side Zante Laganas Viewpoint, where you can walk down the stairs to get some epic shots of the water and that dark blue hue that Greek islands are known for.

Navagio is easily the most popular tourist spot on the island, so you should consider booking a boat tour to see it and some of the other nearby highlights. Some of the more secluded spots, like the hidden Treasure Cave, can be visited on a guided trip, too.

For longer trips, renting a car is the best option. Some of the remote roads on the west side of the island can be a bit challenging, but they’re slowly improving as the island becomes more popular with travelers. It’s also a good idea to bring water, snacks, and closed-toed shoes for walking down some of the more rugged cliffside paths.


The world-famous Santorini is everyone’s dream Greek island. The whitewashed villages dangling from the caldera cliffs and the blue-domed churches are iconic and picture perfect. There are picturesque beaches, fantastic hiking trails and of course the impressive volcano.

The sunsets in Santorini are famous – the crimson red and pink colors create a magical atmosphere. But the sunrises are also a beautiful sight and offer breathtaking panoramic views. During the day, you can visit a winery, taste local wines and enjoy delicious seafood. You can also visit one of the prehistoric settlements in the southern part of the island, such as Akrotiri or even swim next to the volcano.

You’ll find plenty of Instagram spots in Santorini but don’t just go to the popular ones. The smaller pathways are often less crowded and you might even discover some new places that will be more unique for your photos. For example, we loved the terrace at Atlantis Book Shop in Oia and found some other pretty spots overlooking the ocean.

If you want some ethereal photos, consider doing a “flying dress” photoshoot in Santorini. You can hire a photographer who will take you to the best spots and pose for you in a dress that flies in the air with a gorgeous backdrop of white houses, the famous blue domes and the Aegean sea.