Antiparos International Photo Festival 2017

Έκθεση Φωτογραφίας Θεόδωρου Παπαγεωργίου στο Βουλευτικό Ναυπλίου

Antiparos is a small island in the southern Aegean, at the heart of the Cyclades, very close to Paros. The Photo Festival run from 1 to 10 of July, 2017. The Festival takes place in the ‘Castle’ of Antiparos. My Fine Art Prints installation at the photo below.

On the beach

Elaia beach. Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece

There’s a magnetism that attracts people towards the beach. A sense of peace, calmness , a state of unity and satisfaction with life in the moment. This innate relationship with the sea reaches far back to the roots of our origin. 

Coloring the sea

Sunrise light on the Messenian gulf as seen from Peroulia village. Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece

The sea color is a complicated matter. Water reflects light very differently from typical terrestrial materials. The reflectivity of water is very low at low and medium angles of incident light and very high at high angles of incident light (sunrise, sunset). Water is also transparent to light. Inside the water, light is subject to both… Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε το Coloring the sea

Watery landscapes

In Greek Mythology in Stymphalia lake lived the Stymphalian birds, man-eating birds with beaks of bronze and sharp metallic feathers they could launch at their victims. They were pets of Ares, the god of war. Heracles in his sixth labor shot them with his poisoned arrows. Corinthia, Pelopponese, Greece

Snow, ice, fog, clouds, rain, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, waves. All are forms of the most omnipresent substance on Earth: water. Its reaction with light is diverse. It can be transparent, translucent or opaque and it can cause diffuse or specular reflection. Humans are inspired by water, in fact they consist mostly of water themselves.

Navarino Bay, an expedition to Pylos and Gialova

A Kitesurfer at Navarino Bay, close to Gialova beach. Gialova, Messenia, Peloponnese

Gialova is a small coastal village in the Bay of Navarino. The harbour is formed by a long, rocky island (Sphacteria) running along the coast.

Skoutari, turquoise gem full of surprises…

Sunrise at Agia Varvara beach, Skoutari, Laconia, Peloponnese

The first thing we saw at Skoutari bay was a long and shallow beach with a tavern. Further along was an inviting turquoise sandy beach. And another one…  and another one…

Cape Malea, wild beauty or frightful abode?

The Aghia Eirini (Saint Irene) monastery at Cape Malea. Laconia, Peloponnese

Maleas means noise, clamor. It’s a cape that causes fear and terror to sailors and is considered amongst the most dangerous capes across the Mediterranean. Cape Maleas or Cavo Malias greatly inspired writers since the dawn of history and literature. Homer (Odyssey), Euripides (Cyclops, Helen, Orestes), Diodorus Siculus (Library), Titus Livius (The History of Rome), Herodotus,… Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε το Cape Malea, wild beauty or frightful abode?

Elafonisos island, heavenly beaches at a pirates’ base

Simos beach (Fragos & Sarakiniko) at Elafonisos island. Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece

Elafonisos, meaning “the island of deers”, was an important hunting place in the ancient times. Small red deers used to live there.  The ancient traveler Pausanias, reported Elafonisos as a peninsula. He also noted there were many sanctuaries in the area devoted to the goddess of hunting, Artemis.

Spring at Kotronas village

The bell of a church in the abandoned village of Goneas over Kotronas. East Mani in the background. Laconia, Peloponnese

Spring is the perfect season for exploring Peloponnese. During the last week of March, we visited Kotronas, a seaside village at eastern Mani. It was a wonderful experience. Wild flowers, clear blue sky, warm weather.

Orea’s Frankish Castle and Lepida Waterfalls

The main tower wall at Orea's Castle. Kynouria, Arcadia, Peloponnese

The Frankish princess welcomed the sun rising over the Argolic gulf every morning. Her castle, built on top of the hill, offered a panoramic view of the area. She could see as far as the shores of Argolis and the island of Spetses. She could feel the chilly air coming from the fir wood of… Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε το Orea’s Frankish Castle and Lepida Waterfalls

Foloi oak forest, ancient greek gods and monsters

Foloi oak forest, named by Hercules in memory of his deceased friend, centaur Folos. Eleia, Peloponnese, Greece

This magnificent native oak forest of Foloi or Pholoe, has been given its name by Hercules himself. It’s that old! Folos (Pholus) was Hercules’ friend and he was a centaur. Centaurs were guys half human and half horses that used to live in this forest.

A hike at Lousios gorge and a visit to Prodromou and Philosophou monasteries

Fishing trout at Lousios river. Arcadia, Peloponnese

After spending a beautiful night  at the Asclepieio of Gortys we decided to join Rennate and George, a German couple we met the day before, for a morning hike at Lousios gorge. Christos went fishing trout at the river.

Siege of Tripolitsa

The statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, General and leader of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. Tripoli, Arcadia, Greece

The statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, General and pre-eminent leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829) against the Ottoman Empire. Tripoli, Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece.

A night at ancient Gortys right next to Lousios river

The rushing waters of Lousios river, Arcadia, Peloponnese

A summer night at ancient Gortys right next to Lousios river. Dark sky with twinkling stars. Rushing water roar. Crickets and night owls. Dew. Calm and cozy yet so mystic.

About Peloponnese

Sunrise light on the Messenian gulf as seen from Peroulia village. Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece

The spirit of a place is more or less what the observer effect reflects upon it. This is especially true for the Peloponnese, where an uninterrupted human activity for millenia, has left the marks of man’s eternal struggle for survival and for understanding the world. Quite often in vain! Introducing the Peloponnese (also Peloponnesos) Peloponnesos means… Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε το About Peloponnese