Our creative team follow, watch and capture moments as Gwen leads and shows us the city from her own perspective. Taking the opportunity to surrender to the art of spontaneity as well as seeing the everyday buildings and pastures with a fresh pair of eyes.
Curiously we dive into her wandering and imaginative mind about the places around her as she settles into her new home Athens.
Location of origin and where you’re living now?
I’m from Penang, Malaysia. Athens is my adopted home now.
How did you end up living in Athens?
I just fell in love with this place and wanted to take the time to explore it more.
5 fave things about living in Athens?
- The light that shines on my bed every morning,
- The ‘philotimo’ of people around me (Greek for “love of honour”)
- The freedom to do what I like
- I feel safe here
- The fact that we are so close to the sea and surrounded by so many beautiful islands.
3 things people don’t know about you:
I’m very Scorpio, addicted to food, and a genuinely curious traveller.
If you could only choose one place to escape too where would this be?
I would head north to the mountains.
Do you have any go to daily rituals?
Waking up with my cappuccino next to my bed.
Where do you find your inspiration?
The beauty and forces of nature, and human emotions.
What does “Escaping back to self” mean to you?
Follow your instincts.
With travel not being as accessible these days, how do you escape in your everyday life?
Revisit places in my memories, tending my plants and learn some Greek.
Do you have a favourite walk in your local area/city?
Plenty. Those never-ending stairways up to Lykavitos Hill, with surprises waiting for you at every turn.
If you were a character in a movie, who would you be?
I would like to be the galloping clouds in Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio.
Any tips for how to get in character for a photoshoot?
What is something that empowers you?
The desire to be better.
How do you find adventure and where would you like to explore?
Adventures are often unplanned; I would go with the flow.
Can you share of memory of a spontaneous travel moment that you have had?
Marrakech! It was a spontaneous decision to meet my friend there, we roamed the narrow alleys of Medina in a fast motorcycle-sidecar and ended up having tea in the dazzling home of Serge Luten!
Escaping the routine of life and diving into something adventurous is one of the mottos State of Escape truly lives by. This could be anything from making an unexpected “detour” in life or finding something new in the familiar. What are your thoughts about this, and have you taken a chance on something that rerouted your life’s path?
Totally agreed on this! My biggest bet was pursuing the modelling career which changed my life completely. No regrets :)
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