City of Light

by Stefan Fletcher July. 27, 2009 4792 views

This is an epithet usually reserved for Paris, but I’ve had a 15-year love affair with the light in Athens, which is scheduled to end on 13 August, when I leave (the affair, not the light that I’m sure will carry on quite well without me).

I thought it would be more interesting to process these images with a high contrast, mono approach. Call it bloody-mindedness, but I imagine you’re all immune to azure skies and golden orange sunsets. If you’re not, click here [], or anywhere in my blog, really. Besides, I didn’t want to make those of you experiencing a daily deluge (hello, Ted) feel jealous.

Nearly everything’s in boxes (including my camera equipment), but life goes on, and so does work, which means these are all reposts dug up from my laptop’s hard disk, while I carry on working, the king of the cardboard box kingdom.

The two images where colour makes a timid appearance are there because I found all that harsh, strong light rather unrelenting (a bit like the real thing here). Photoblog, unlike life, can be made to vary…

Forests around the city burned in August 2007 as exceptionally strong winds blew and exacerbated the situation that ultimately cost lives. This is the firestorm seen from my office window sweeping across the city.

Taken at dusk from Lykavittos (see post of same title). The bright blob to the right of the bell tower on the left is the Acropolis

There's almost a medieval feel to the proximity of the 1950s buildings in Athens. People who have seen York's Shambles will know what I mean.

It's usually too hot or dusty to see far across Athens. (Ancient Athenians claimed they could see the bronze roof of the temple at Sounio from the Acropolis 70 km away…) Once in a while, after the occasional shower, the sky is very, very clear.

The showcase view from the new Acropolis museum that opened last month

Putting an old photo to work

My soon-to-be-ex-neighbourhood is being gentrified. Sometimes the contrast can be quite interesting.

Athenian architecture doesn't enjoy a good rep - and deservedly so, but the mundane repetition of the same block construction serves a purpose; it's reasonably quake-proof and look what little gems are hidden here. I call this one “Jacob's Ladder”

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Soubhagya Sagar Behera 11 years, 3 months ago

#1 and 2 have a very good composition, like d depth in 5

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Alice 11 years, 5 months ago

Great shots - i love the ones where you've used colour vs bw contrast :) Hope your move went well... Just had to mention I was in the shambles in york just the other day, i'm a yorkshire gal :P You seem like you've been all over!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 5 months ago

This set is quite nice.
1. Cool vieus you have .. ;ox
5. great!!
7. The contrast is interesting! ;o)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lynda 11 years, 5 months ago

Stefan This is a stunning set. The use of selective colour, the angles blah blah blah but you know all that.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marsha 11 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful set of interesting sights for the eye....#3 is quite intriguing to me.

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Thebronzebow 11 years, 5 months ago

I like your foray into Athen black and white very much. It really highlights the lines and texture... and of course your excellent composition skills. :)

The spot of color at the end a nice little shock.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 11 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful set. I put number 7 in my faves - that really is a stunning contrast.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Edyta 11 years, 5 months ago

love #6, an interesting set

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Amy Whicker 11 years, 5 months ago

Dramatic contrast works so well in black and white photos! These are fantastic. Great perspectives and composition.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ines 11 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic set !!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Robert Moffat 11 years, 5 months ago

This is such a superb set - it makes me want to visit (again) and not to fly out to Rhodes direct. Superb pictures - magical

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Doris 11 years, 5 months ago

Oh, that is SOOO great - an anthm to Athens!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 11 years, 5 months ago

Nice editing there. Those clouds in shot one are pretty darn cool too.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Vera Smith 11 years, 5 months ago

wow! ur pics are amazing :D lol i feel [i]silly[/i] posting pics that i take with just a digital camera now...

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Brian 11 years, 5 months ago

Why end, do you not believe in long distance relationships? :)
I enjoyed the set. #1 and 7 being my favorites.

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