Author Archives: Chiara-Sophia Coyle

Born in the United States in the 1960s (then, transplanted to a very small, remote Greek island at the age of three months); brought up in a bilingual and frequently culturally conflicted environment; repatriated to Homeland No. 1 some 25 years ago; descended from four generations of photographers, Chiara-Sophia Coyle was acquainted with photography from an early age; always pursued by her mother, Rolleiflex at the ready, recording and sharing scenes of family life with absent grandparents and her children's working-at-sea father. Photography became Coyle's own escape as a young teenager. Kodak Instamatic in hand, the sound of the twist and the advancement of the film music to her ears, she began exploring all the elements of the Aegean: water, light, white, blue. While never an income generator, photography is what kept the artist sane as she navigated the challenges of single parenting, and endured the endless longing and aching for Homeland No. 2. Experimenting, early, with Emulsion Transfers, Coyle moved on to printing in her own dark room; then, to digital and iphoneography, constantly experimenting and exploring the new. Global travel presented opportunities to further discover, document, and exhibit, most recently in Oakland, California. Still based in Oakland, Coyle continues to travel, photograph, and work with what feeds her soul, wherever she may be: the people, the water, the reflections, the abstract. Her current art may be found on Instagram (#chiarasophia1); contact her at (Author Head Shot Augment: René Laanen.)

Women in Graffiti

“Is street graffiti . . . art? And how representative of the world’s artists is graffiti? One of the most omnipresent types of public expression, graffiti is usually seen on walls, though the types of public “canvas” are myriad. No surprise: the art form goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and remains a […]

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Milatos, Crete: A Wintry Portfolio

“I did not visit Samaria this time around, but instead spent three weeks closer to the east coast of the island in a very sleepy village called Milatos, located between Iraklion and Aghios Nikolaos and about one kilometer from the beach—mind you, the beach in February, not to mention during the coldest, wettest February in […]

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Wintry, Indelible Syros

“A photographer at heart, I am recording moments of this journey: I need to be able to come back to this when it’s all in my rear-view mirror. For me, photography extends an experience, feelings, impressions, interactions: images will bring back the sensation of the cold in the air, the sound of Aegean waves, the […]

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An Ode to Roses

“Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) composed a constellation of riddle poems that we are meant to solve, but one of them was freighted with such ecstasy that the poet just could not help herself: she divulged the answer, herself.”—Chiara-Sophia Coyle Clicks & Relativity By Chiara-Sophia Coyle SONOMA California—(Weekly Hubris)—1 July 2021—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) composed a constellation of […]

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Letting Go of Donkeys

“Growing up on the island of Mykonos in the 1960s, my brother and I were the only blond and blue-eyed children in sight. In fact, we were among the very first foreigners to live on the island. Our shared nickname was, simply, ‘The Americans.’ As far back as I can remember, I was always desperately […]

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Beloved “Abroad,” Past & Future

“This little Pandemic Portfolio features long-beloved countries (and great cities) I would have wanted to move to if 1/20/21 had somehow failed to play out the way it did.”—Chiara-Sophia Coyle Clicks & Relativity By Chiara-Sophia Coyle SONOMA California—(Weekly Hubris)—February 2021—This little Pandemic Portfolio features countries (and great cities) I would have wanted to move to […]

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Oakland’s Voices-Made-Murals

“Recent events have largely silenced photographer Chiara-Sophia Coyle, but they haven’t stopped her from seeing, documenting, and reporting back to us what is going up on the walls of her ‘hood’ in Oakland, California. This little portfolio speaks for the residents of Oakland in the early summer of 2020, through the eyes and lenses of […]

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Thia-Ghia, A Morning Visit

“Her name was Georgia. I called her Thia-Ghia—Aunt-Ghia—short for Georgia, pronounced in that cat scratching sound at the back of your throat very present in the Greek language—the definition of the accurate and utterly impossible is a sound between y as in yes and g as in go.”—Chiara-Sophia Coyle Clicks & Relativity By Chiara-Sophia Coyle Author’s Note: This […]

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Musings on Knots & Not(s)

“The Not(s) in the knots speak to me about the less obvious restrictions in everyday life and culture; the dichotomy, the contrast I personally experienced and still do at times. They express boundaries, potential limitations; a reminder that not all is as unassuming as one might think at first glance or encounter. They declare and […]

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The Essence of Rust

“I ran back to the car for my camera. There was a story here. There was mystery, there was depth if I looked long enough and hard enough. The bubbling, the peeling of the rust, the surfacing of paint and rich colors all created their own reflections; abstract images, scenes, etched in the metal. It […]

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