Steven Stanley Manolakis

ABOUT STEVEN

"YOU HAVEN'T SEEN AUSTRALIA UNLESS YOU SEE IT FROM THE AIR. THE COASTLINE, THE COLOURS OF THE INLAND, THE CLAYPANS, THE FORESTS; IT’S JUST ALL SO BEAUTIFUL. YOU'D NEVER SEE THAT FROM THE ROAD. PEOPLE CLIMB MOUNTAINS TO SEE THESE THINGS. YOU SEE THAT EVERY TIME YOU TAKE OFF.”

– Nancy, Bird-Walton

Steven Stanley Manolakis is an Australian landscape photographer based in Sydney. His images of landscapes photographed from above provide a unique view of what lies surrounding us.

Captured from a meta-level perspective, his work inspires reflection on the complexity of systems and individual disposition. He addresses the lack of nuance in contemporary thought through the comprehensive topography of Australian landscapes. Each image encourages the viewer to appreciate the complexity of the landscape, from general outline to intricate detail, before arriving at a deeper understanding of systems and individual placement within. Lastly, he guides the viewer from complexity to simplicity, providing structure to chaos by focusing on composition, form, and design. Upon departure, one is left with feelings of hope, meaning, and a secure state of being. 

Steven Stanley Manolakis