Dimitrios was born in Germany in 1965 to Greek immigrant parents. In 1971 his parents brought him back to Greece where he attended a Greek school. He grew up in Athens where he graduated from a public school and went on to study photography, video and new technologies at the “Focus” school of photography. Dimitrios has two children, Odysseus, born in 1998 and Electra, born in 2000.
Dimitrios has been a professional photographer since 1993 and a photography teacher since 1996, he gives lessons and holds photography seminars both online and offline. He made his first website about photography in 2001 and since then he has been working in internet marketing and the creation of online travel guides for various destinations in Greece and around the world. Prior to this he had lived a colourful life and has done more than 45 different types of jobs.
Dimitrios loves to travel and especially to take photographs, although he enjoys all aspects of life and the arts. He especially likes writing and teaching. His favourite city to live in is Athens, although he loves Rome, and feels at home in these cities. His favourite trip is one that he has yet to take and he feels the same way about his photography, his favourite photos are the ones that have not yet been taken.
TBG: What is your blog about?
DA: My blog attempts to combine two of my greatest loves, travel and photography. We could say that it is a journey to the world and particularly to Greece; it’s also a trip of my personal relationship with the art of photography and its history.
TBG: Why did you start your blog?
DA: I like blogging because I can give to my articles/posts a more personal touch in comparison to the online travel guides that I usually create. I can share more personal views with internet users. My first blog ever written was in the Greek language https://mastromitsos.blogspot.gr/ back in 2006. www.photographytraveler.com is written in English and has a more international character and perspective.
TBG: What is one of your most viewed posts you’d like to share with us?
DA: The most viewed post on my blog is one of my short stories that I have published; you can take a look at https://photographytraveler.com/poet-or-photographer
TBG: What was one of the most memorable trips you’ve taken and written about on your blog — and why?
DA: One of my most interesting trips has been written about and published again in the form of a short story on my blog and is called The Camera Film https://photographytraveler.com/the-camera-film. In general, I remember my first trips to the Aegean islands with much sweetness like “a sleeping bag with a watermelon” which is the lyrics to a Greek song! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcH-o0kFmBM). Why do I remember those first trips? Because I was very young and carefree my friend! Do we need to be anything else?
TBG: What do you like most about blogging about Greece?
DA: Blogging about traveling in Greece is something unique as Greece is a country with thousands faces a country with a great history and with tremendous variety in the events of everyday life.
TBG: Give us one travel tip for those who have not travelled to Greece yet.
DA: Only one tip? I can give you many! Travel through Greece all year round if you can. Also try to spend a few days in Athens, if you travel directly to an island you miss a lot of wonderful things, and you must spend some days on a nearby island if your destination to Greece is only Athens.
TBG: Any advice for new bloggers?
DA: Blogging I think is an inner exploration. The more genuine and honest the blogger, the more interesting the blog will be and so you will attract the audience you deserve.
TBG: One place in Greece AND in the world you’d love to visit in the future that you have not been to yet.
DA: There are only two places in Greece where I have not yet traveled, two of the major islands where I would like to go sometime are Astypalea and Thassos. I have also been dreaming for many years to take a trip somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, something I have not yet achieved.
TBG: One place in the world AND in Greece you could visit over and over again.
DA: My favorite place outside of Greece is Rome, while in Greece apart from Athens where I live; I would return over and over again to the Islands of Santorini and Patmos.
TBG: If you could invite five famous people to your fabulous, upcoming dinner party — who would make your list?
DA: I think that at this dinner table, I would invite my favourite authors and photographers who are no longer alive and whom I didn’t have the chance to meet personally, but met only through their work. First at the table I would have Jules Verne and the Greek author who traveled extensively Nikos Kazantzakis. I would also invite a few photographers. Pierre-Gustave-Gaspard Joly Lotbinière, who was the first travel photographer and the first to photograph the city of Athens in 1839. Julia Margaret Cameron and Robert Capa. Maybe they are not as famous as Jules Verne was for many people, but their work was important and they had very interesting lives.
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