Petros Koublis is a photographer based in Athens, Greece. His series, Inlands explores equivalent relationships between nature and knowledge. The subject matter, either photographed at night or within close proximity, considers the natural world outside it’s own context. Koublis’ narrative equates this extracted view of nature as a study of the inner self, considering life and death and expected order of things.
“The images of this series are exploring the landscape through small individual fragments, each one of them describing a state of transformation. Those miniature scenes are approached as if they were completely independent existences, released from their actual surrounding space and identity. Thus, they can be openly interpreted, as bearers of symbols and equivalents.
Every landscape can be decomposed in an infinite number of minor ones, progressively increasing their introversion, as their actual nature seems to be replaced by a more abstract one.
When we abandon our perception that is based on knowledge and familiarity we find ourselves disorientated, trying to rely only in our senses. The narrative of the project is based on this disorientation. The images try to examine the limits of a Landscape, moving inwards, in a process that looks both perpetual and enchanted. The interpretation of the images as individual fragments remains open, but in the same time it aims to maintain a certain obscurity. This is the second element of the series’ narrative, the Mystique, an unenforceable transformation that take place beneath the surface of things.
Inlands is the area that lies on the opposite of the horizon; it’s part of the land that lies inside us.” -Petros Koublis