V.O.W N°44 // ATHENS* The Little Great City

published in: Travel By Marcia Argyriades, 11 November 2011

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V.O.W N°44  (7-13 November 2011)

Those who know me know very well that I dislike generalizing. Quite honestly in fact, I really do believe that it’s one of the worst traits that a human being can have; the exception or merely a small percentage of the population does not account for the whole. So let’s not get carried away with what we’d like to hear, or what is easier to deal with and become graphic rather than face the truth. Furthermore, entering into any type of political discussion is not on the cards here either, not because I cannot handle it, or because of mere ignorance, but because Yatzer is about happy things, and how we like to look on the bright side of life, facing obstacles head on interpreting them into pleasant experiences which will only help us grow stronger. By now, most of you know that we are located in Greece, but are international at heart because the arts and design have no borders. Some of us are 100% Greek, others 100% American, others have dual citizenships but we all feel like one.

This week’s V.O.W. is dedicated to Athens, the city we love and the city we have chosen to live in; not because we cannot live in another country but because we love Athens. We too are saddened by the current situation, but as a team we strongly believe that the best solution is to face this obstacle and see what you can do not only for yourself, but for the whole. To change the situation for the best and offer your little or big building block to society, “...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have” tried. “This is to have succeeded.”

Athens | The Little Great City by Greek photographer Emmanouil Papadopoulos of Stereosis, may only be nearly one year old in the making but we love it because it portrays the essence and the beauty of the city of Athens. Papadopoulos has captured the urban landscape of the city and used it as his ‘canvas’ to portray the beauty of this city in a breathtaking, sweet, loving, magical, lyrical, melancholic and nostalgic manner.   He has used tilt-shift lenses to create images with an extremely limited depth of field, giving the impression that what they depict is tiny and looks like a miniature. This blended with the time-lapse technique results in this impressive video which resembles modern-day Athens as a miniature almost toy-like city.  Enjoy!

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    gillian theodosiou | 2011-11-15 12:38:03

    This film of Athens is lovely. I have taken to watching it every evening. The photography is beautiful and the music is amazing. To have survived so much and still she gives and gives. It is that endless fountain of beauty that was and is Greece.

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