The art of simple living

“An ideal, fantastic world exists within me that guides my instinct and intuition, and reflects upon my photography. In this idealised world, elements of the urban and the natural peacefully coexist and find place in my image making. My aim is to create a new reality, a world in which I invite the viewer to experience through my eyes and vision. I want to invoke feelings of safety, fulfilment and inspiration. To seek distraction, relief from reality, engage in fantasy - to escape. Simple living is the vehicle.” 

Lena Konstantakou’s ethereal photographs explore the intuitive connection between habitat, existence and wellbeing. With a body of work that has been shaped organically over time, Lena demonstrates a holistic approach to image making – the artist, her environment the viewer all interconnected. Drawing upon the concept of ‘Simple Living’, she captures imagery that signifies the importance of serenity, contentment and joy; a celebration of an ordinary life. 


Within Lena’s golden-hued landscapes and enigmatic figures, the rustic details of the Mediterranean flora and fauna are used to investigate the possibility that somewhere between the borders of the urban and the natural exists a contemporary sublime. The camera becomes a spotlight on the ordinary, amplifying in opulent texture and detail the fleeting sights of everyday life that can easily go unnoticed. 

November 10, 2021