Aerial point of views

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'Mis-Sema 'l Isfel'

‘Mis-Sema ‘l Isfel’ is the title of a series of aerial photographs of Malta by Kris Micallef, which are currently being exhibited at the Malta House, Rue Archimede in Brussels. The exhibition was inaugurated last 23rd of September in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of Malta’s Independence.

Widely known for his current success within the local fashion industry, very few realise his background in architecture and his passion for form and space. redwhite spoke to Kris Micallef to get closer to his innate passion for photography. We were keen to know what made him venture into this aerial point of view.

As a child, Kris dreamt of becoming a pilot; playing with toy planes rather than toy cars. Through the years, his creative stream led him to venture into architecture studies at the University of Malta. And that’s where he developed an interest in photography.

At University, my camera was always an asset to try and make my projects stand out. During my final year, while working on the thesis project, we were required to take some aerial shots. This was the first time with aerial photography and I’ve been up for it a few times since then. The thrill of flying gives me great adrenaline and I always look forward to it.

According to Kris, aerial photography provides a different angle onto the most common spaces. Through these exercises, he has discovered quite a few interesting sites on our island. Having captured them in digital makes it even more rewarding.

Working in the photography industry so far has been one big adventure for Kris as he’s always working on something new and exciting. Very often, people ask him why is he ‘throwing away’ all the architecture study years, for photography. He finds that rather annoying and rude sometimes.

I’m not saying that working in architecture will not offer the same, however, right now I’d like to focus on developing my photography skills. In the meantime, however, I do work as a freelance architect working mostly in interior design for residential projects.

Architecture and civil engineering has helped me develop certain skills. The way I see and perceive objects and spaces has definitely sharpened throughout the years. Also, the fact that I selected the urban design stream during the course probably comes out to show through my photography as I find a great interest in spaces and form.

‘Mis-Sema ‘l Isfel’ is jointly organised by the Embassy of Malta to Belgium and Luxembourg and the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU. It is being financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Cultural Diplomacy Fund and will be displayed at Dar Malta in Brussels till the 12th of October.

From left to right: Ambassador Vanessa Frazier, Malta's Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg; Hon. Tonio Borg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr Kris Micallef; and Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, Malta's Permanent Representative to the EU.

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