June 2017 in Cyprus
Without words I’ll start a small photographic presentation of every last month, as the wind through the moments and made them history – no forgotten history –
These are the selection from the snapshots I did, according mostly from accidental events, professional shots and my walks around the streets
I decided to do this every month as a small appreciation for the people and the moments were smiled to me !!
MAY 2017 in Cyprus.
I felt like nothing changed, like the time still being the same
I had so many years to see and listen this beautiful company
and as I wrote in the video
from my heart I dedicate this to Mitso Anagnostopoulo was the best bouzouki
who left us for heaven’s concerts
and to all those beautiful years of mine back in Greece who I participated
in this amazing mood… which I miss a lot”
I have no words to express feelings or thoughts,
I could say that has not been said by experts, non-experts, from all
A minute of silence may be the best …
Sorry for those who perished,
sorry for that was destroyed,
sorry I could not more,
sorry that so many years, I forgot …
I dedicate to the family of my friend and his little five year old miracle,
who she will never know her aunt and she will not play with her four cousins
In my youth, and the times when I smiled at the beaches of Kaiafas and kato Samiko near to the pity Zacharo
In the village of my mother burned half but fortunately we did not lose someone
To my friends were I still go to visit them and their children grow up
To my others, my own people were left far away from their destroyed home after finding no support and now they are living in Germany
Only silence, apology and a promise that one day I will again make this trip,
for me, for that I lost and left behind me
Every day I am surprised from this unique little human being
I am still having her in my mind, when she was so small, so fragile, a baby
She is still my baby but …
the years run and the time is not like Pinelope (wife of famous Odyssea) doesn’t waiting for you.
so one day you are looking the mirror and the faces are different
When I heard this song I felt as if I ate cuff…..
and you let her go…… you let her flying
The worst migration crisis since World War II. (The pictures are from Lesvos island, Greece)
I have no words to express myself, to describe the pictures or my emotions and I really I don’t want to do it.
The only thing that I know is that I went to Lesvos island to cover the arrival of the refugees with suspicious thoughts about them and after just one day I started “seeing” in several boats my daughter, my wife and myself
The abandoned Asylum of incurability “New martyr Georgios” inside the city of Ioannina in Greece.
If I understood well the hospital closed on 2009 and the people lived there went to another place out of the city, the old Asylum remain closed all these years
Now the only visitors who enter illegally, jumping a small fence, are mostly photographers, thieves and drug addicts, looking to find each lost paradise
This story started from my curiosity to see this unique place from some pictures I saw and from the stories I was heard about the old Asylum from friends living and studying in Ioannina
Then it evolved into exercise of courage for myself and secondary a photography test, because I strongly believe that in every place were people had suffer the specific place still have their energy, their cry, their mood.
So in this place, years before souls with problems lived there.
All the time even if I was in the middle of the day I had strange feelings…
..the things around me, seems like someone left them for a while
and the owners from moment to moment they will return and they will ask me why I disturb them, why I am there, and from whom I took the permission for this visit
Even now when I am writing this, I have this disturbing feeling that someone was with me all the time and for this reason again and again I am looking carefully to find him in the reflections, hiding in the shadows, behind the windows, in the dark rooms in the pictures
I want to share the mood and the feeling of the moment, this was the reason why I edited the pictures in B/W even if I am fan of the colour pictures.
Also, I have to apologize because I found nothing to say about the asylum, nobody knows and nobody talks and in researching I did in web I found again nothing
Fengaros festival in Kato Drys in the Larnaca district, for another three-day run, filled with music, on the 31st of July until the 2nd of August. Celebrating its fifth birthday, Fengaros is today considered as one of the best and most highly-anticipated events of the summer. The bar has been set even higher this year, with the ultimate goal being the festival’s establishment as an important and major international event.
Bands and solo artists from Cyprus, Greece, England, France and the USA created an amalgam of music ranging from traditional to progressive, ethnic, blues, pop/rock, psychedelic, ambient, jazz and more.
This musical melting pot includes an attractive collection of names such as: the renowned world music act Banda Magda (USA), the Epirus stoner-rockers Villagers of Ioannina City (Greece), the beloved to the cypriot audience Flying Ibex (UK), the Cretan music virtuoso quartet Xylouris/Spyridakis/Persides/Katsikiotis (Greece), the uplifting The Burger Project (Greece), the freak-folk Le Juki (UK), the upcoming psychedelic-pop band The Cave Children (Greece), acts for children such as Dimitris Baslam’s (Greece), Alexia C.’s solo act (France), and Martha Mavroidi’s ethnic trio (Greece). From the local music scene, we’ll see names such as the veterans of cypriot rock To Marazi tis Fotoulas, the folk/progressive J. Kriste, Master of Disguise, and Tricoolore.
The festival’s organic athmosphere is further emphasized by the village’s graphic scenery, as the aesthetic of the surroundings will become once again a source of inspiration for both the artists and the participants
The deplorable living conditions of the enclaved Cypriot’s can be demonstrated by the simple recounting of their numbers following the Turkish invasion of 1974.
In July of that year the Greek Cypriot population of the area presently occupied by the Turkish army was 162,000. By the time the second phase of the Turkish invasion had been completed, in August 1974, 142,000 Cypriots were expelled or forced to flee, leaving 20,000, mostly in the Karpas peninsula (Report S/11488 of the UNSG to the Security Council dated 4 September 1974).
During the next four months, another 5,000 were forced to leave, resulting in a reduction of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied area by 91% (Report S/11568, 6 December 1974, para. 43).
According to the latest report of the Secretary General to the Security Council this number has diminished to 427 Greek Cypriots and 165 Maronites (S/1122, 30 November 2001, para. 8).
The situation today seems better the enclaved are almost 350 people, the students in school of Rizokarpaso are only 19
On 24 of June in the school parents, students and official guests celebrated the closing ceremony of the school year
(EDITING by Slaviana Chekirova)