Kelly Makropoulos

Moments Before Greatness


A sickening twisting of nerves in your gut.

The deafening da-duh-drumbeat of your heart echoing against your eardrums.

A gazillion butterflies deliciously whirlpooling around in your stomach.

An unwelcome formation of sticky, salty sweat under your arms.

A mouth-watering anticipation, a hunger, a lust, a waiting.

The almostThe before.


This is an abstract of what moments before greatness may feel like – but how do they look?

We tasked emerging photographer Kelly Makropolous not with capturing the frequently documented moments of greatness in action, but rather the rarely explored moments of before. Before a long awaited taste, a tentative first kiss, an explosion,
a gut-wrenching plunge. Because really, isn’t it all about the journey versus the destination?


Kelly Makropoulos
Kelly Makropoulos

About Kelly:

Photography has been a passion of Kelly Makropoulos’ since the age of twelve.

As a genderqueer feminist, the underlying essence of their work is the depiction of powerful feminine energy.

Kelly’s playful use of bold pops of colour is a recurring theme, but grainy film and grayscale elements also make occasional appearances.

Recently featured on Between 10 and 5, The Bubblegum Club, and Semi Zine, this talented supercalafragilistical creative is going places. Kelly is passionate about fluffy friends, challenging social stigmas and late night falafels.


Kelly Makropoulos


5 Quick Ones:


What colour crayon would you be and why?

I would be orange, because that’s what I used to colour in drawings of myself when I was younger. So. Yeah…

What’s the bravest thing you’ve done so far? 

Front flips off a really high diving board. I leaped out of my comfort zone, and it made me confident that I can still achieve anything I want to – even if I’m scared.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A lot of my friends are artists of various mediums such as musicians, writers, and illustrators. Being around them inspires me.

Where would you go in a time machine?

As cliché as it sounds, I would go to 1975 in San Francisco – you know, for the vibe.

When last did you eat off your kitchen floor?

Little known fact: the kitchen floor gives a rustic flavour to food, so I try to do it as often as possible.


Kelly Makropoulos
Kelly Makropoulos

Words by Amy-Lee Tak.

Models in order of appearance: Kim Rushmere | Shayna Arvan | Thor Rixon | Amy-Lee Tak

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