Wherever I have traveled to see ancient monuments, be it in Greece; Turkey; Cambodia I have been struck by the sheer scale of unearthing, preserving, cataloging and maintaining these sites. This shot, taken in Athens in 2009 is just one case in point. The restoration work up on the Acropolis was massive in its complexity and delicacy. A mammoth task requiring a mammoth budget, highly skilled and knowledgeable experts sat with small brushes painstakingly cleaning the city grime from ancient stones. I wonder how these projects are funded?
Greece has been and is currently undergoing an enormous debt crisis. Austerity measures have resulted in even less than the usual 1% of the annual government budget being available to spend on historical and cultural sites.
Despina Koutsoumba, head of Association of Greek Archaeologists, said, "There are archaeological sites that already exist. We are obligated to pass them on to the next generations, if not in a better shape, at least not any worse. We are not talking about new sites and new excavations since all funding for archaeological research and excavations in Greece has ceased."
Sadly illicit antiquities trade has risen in the last two years. Archaeologists estimate it’s up 25%, especially in rural areas. The reasons, they say, are rooted in the economic crisis.
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ktanska (22646) 2013-08-28 10:40
Quite a surprising shot with interesting note. B&W actually suits nicely on this high contrast theme. Those scaffoldings have well working repetitive patterns. Low angle adds originality.
I'd guess EU has a big share on funding such cultural restoration projects within Europe.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-08-28 10:47
absolutely amazing B&W shot and very good and meaningful note that makes us think.We can only hope Greece,international community or UNESCO will not let it fall into ruin.
And regarding the scene itself-I really love your B&W treatment here.Strong graphics and magnificent play of light&shade!
For me-a masterwork!
rbassin (13265) 2013-08-28 10:56
une superbe photo,j'aime bien l'idée de la contre plongée et cette structure métallique qui se détache sur le fond noir.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-28 12:03
This is obviously a SUPER photograph, with the textures of the stone and the fine vertical lines of the scaffolds -- excellent work! And your note is just as good! It is our collective obligation to not allow antiquities to degrade during our stewardship.
ACL1978 (6497) 2013-08-28 14:17
Beautiful graphism, Rosemary, and a clever mixture of shapes from antique to modern here. Really ideal for a B&W treatment as well, with strong contrasts and textures.
It's a shame that Greece has fallen into such disrepair, but hopefully sites like these will not be allowed to crumble and vanish - they've stood through so much history, I hope a economic downturn doesn't do anything in.
nikkitta (8885) 2013-08-28 17:06
First your note sad and interesting, once in Egypt a guardian offers me to choose which part of a painting wall I wanted,at the same time offers to illuminated better them using a forbidden lantern
Now you capture, quite creative going so high with a well chose B/W, the metal bars seems bright at the sun
jjcordier (67146) 2013-08-28 22:45
C'est vrai qu'il devient très difficile depuis quelques années en Europe de photographier un monument ancien sans échafaudage! Tu as retourné la situation à ton avantage dans cette belle photo noir et blanc au graphisme très intéressant. Très bon cadrage en contre-plongée.
mesutilgim (72870) 2013-08-29 3:19
Nice b&w capture from Acropolis in Athen's .
But more than this, I like your notes about those wonderfull cultural heritages and our approach towards them !
TFS and best regards
Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-08-29 3:36
As soon as I read your note, the sensitive subject of the Elgin Marbles sprung to mind, not an issue I expect to be resolved in our lifetimes. Its a sad state when people steal antiquities, especially if its for a private collection the world will never see.
On a funnier note though, I laugh at the scaffolding here. I have visited the rock of Cashel about 10 times, and every single time the scaffold ruined any chance of a good natural picture, as foar as I know they are still there too! I guess that's the price to pay to keep these places in safe and beautiful conditions.
All the best
holmertz (31208) 2013-08-29 4:42
This is a graphically stunning and interesting photo, even more interesting for being such an unusual picture from an ancient monument. This would not have had the same impact in colour. Your sad but well written and informative note comes as a strong bonus.
Sergiom (45244) 2013-08-29 6:07
J'aime beaucoup cette très forte contre plongée en noir et blanc qui donne une impression de hauteur impressionnante et de fragilité à la fois.
dkmurphys (42409) 2013-08-29 6:57
A fine informative note to explain your beautiful detail. Very nice artistic capture, I like it a lot.
macjake (45556) 2013-08-29 21:11
wow, this one really stands out strongly doesn't it!
funny how the scalfolding appears so powerful in your composition here.
and what an effect the monochrome makes!
perhaps I should look around town for the same thing :)
You have honestly honestly surprised me how attractive this subject can be in a photo, but of course your upwards POV really helps too.
great shot here
Nicou (105629) 2013-08-30 7:02
quel cadrage et compo sueprbe quelle architecture et iamge cet échafaudage et le rendu sur la ierre sueprbe compo NB
bravo et amitié
ourania (18506) 2013-08-30 12:54
I love these monuments so much for their history, symbolism and stark beauty, even as ruins. Often, and for a long time, the scaffolds hide parts of them but I find their presence reassuring because it means they're being taken care of. And they're in very good hands, the scientists and artisans working on them are doing excellent work, as I've read. I don't know about the financing, though, these times are really dramatic for us.
Your picture is beautiful and combines graphism and drama in a fascinating way. Through an amazing monochrome treatment and contrast management you've captured the light and textures in their essence. A very impressive achievement, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
emka (64110) 2013-08-30 23:09
Hi Rosemary, Very interesting note . Everything cost so much money! Indeed, how to pass all the sites to next generations? Amazing, creative shot from Acropolis. Stunning graphic achieved. The black and white works here fantastic. Superb work.
have a beautiful weekend
olive224 (2479) 2013-08-31 11:57
Interesting capture, a lot of details in the textures and nice graphical patterns
I like it ;)
annjackman (15481) 2013-09-02 3:39
Strong b/w work that I like for its graphic quality and charcoal grey sky. An interesting and imaginative way to show us this ancient monument. I would have passed this by not realising the photographic potential - TFS and inspiring me to look closer at my surroundings.
Best wishes, Ann
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-24 1:01
Great graphical composition with excellent contrasts between structures and light an shade, though the sky is a little too dark for my eye.
A well composed shot that could be one of modern architecture given the underlying vision behind the POV.