This photo was taken on a winter afternoon in Athens, somewhere in the district of Plaka. There were two ladies talking at the doorway of the shop and I thought they made an interesting scene, so I stopped at the pavement across the street to have a look and photograph them. They saw me and one of them called in English: "Lady, 5 euros for a photo!" We all laughed and they went back to their conversation.
They were conscious of my camera by now and I didn't want to just stand across the street being annoying. As I realized that my friends had already been out of sight and turned to go, I saw this surrealistic scene by the shop's doorway. I took the picture, waved goodbye and hurried away. It would be impossible for me to elaborate on this scene in words, I wouldn't know where to start and what to make of it...
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Noel_Byrne (28166) 2014-05-22 10:35
A strange scene indeed, I can safely say I have never before seen this combination of characters in one place! The fact that the graffiti is behind makes it all the more surreal. Looking to the left and right shows even more interesting scenes, religious icons stand beside creatures of legend, while the strip lighting inside the show makes a strange backdrop.
Nicely seen, a strange one that as you say defies words!
Thanks as always
photographer_sg (4412) 2014-05-22 11:35
definitely a peculiar assortment of figures and the striking graffiti is also suitably unrelated :). But the composition is fine and qualifies as a striking picture with great visual appeal. The half lit areas on both sides of the picture makes a good frame. Your note is interesting and fun to read.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
lousat (85018) 2014-05-22 14:46
Ciao Ourania,sapevo della crisi economica in Grecia,ma arrivare a chiedere soldi per la foto come di solito accade nei paesi del terzo mondo mi ha fatto sorridere,anche se ovviamente le signore stavano scherzando...ehehe...ed il post risultato di questa vicenda è una foto davvero deliziosa ed originalissima,il vedere nuove idee è il motivo principale per cui visito questo sito...e tu oggi hai contribuito alla grande.Buon weekend,Luciano
nikkitta (17066) 2014-05-22 14:55
Γεια σου αγαπητέ φίλε!
Whhat a mix of characters at the back, a quite strange one, just added at the theme Graffitis
Concerning your note, you acted the right way, showing the women they were not your subject
jcpix (13846) 2014-05-22 20:20
A fun story to set the image in motion, I'm sure we've all had that experience before.It's kind of fun though to play the game of "cat and mouse," right? :) Unfortunately I'm extremely short on time this evening, but I still wanted to comment on this interesting mix of subjects. As you mentioned, it's quite a collection of different items to piece together into a semblance of proper sense...but you know what, that's part of what intrigues the senses. :) Enjoy the weekend ahead. All the best.
dip (23888) 2014-05-23 1:25
για κάτι τέτοιες σκηνές αγαπάω την Πλάκα και το Μοναστηράκι,
είναι οι περιοχή της Αθήνας με πολλά ενδιαφέροντα πράγματα για φωτογράφιση,όπως και η γωνιά εδώ που φωτογράφισες,
snunney (92570) 2014-05-23 2:34
A funny and entertaining anecdote to go with this unusual composition. A bizarre combination of objects and graffiti to say the least. Thanks for sharing.
jhm (146666) 2014-05-23 3:18
I see here in Ghent almost the same scenes with young people in the narrow streets.
Sometimes very agressive, when she see a camera, we live in an extraordinarily world with a lot people alcohol and drugs.
Your picture is of very high of quality, perfect taken and excellent presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (65241) 2014-05-23 7:21
The best shot always come when you not prepared and meant to take something else.
Nice "graffiti" poster in the shop, attractive with it's colors and texture, contrast to the "beauties" for sale, and nicely described the ituation.
Have a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (133822) 2014-05-23 7:32
Ciao Ourania, originale e bella, però i 5 euro per il ritratto li potevi anche spendere :), brava, buon week end, ciao Silvio
Cricri (113639) 2014-05-23 10:24
Belle histoire, qui est surement arriver a plusieurs d'entre nous, c'est pas toujours facile, vous avez eu le bon moment, ces graffitis original avec les statues différentes, belle et intéressante présentation
Passer une agréable soirée
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-26 11:55
I must admit that my first look was on the background wall which has been devastated by the graphics and dominates here above the statues. Honestly, I was quite shocked during uur trip to this city that the graphics are almost everywhere... Anyway, good observation and interesting presentation. TFS!
mirosu (15878) 2014-05-27 19:44
I see that I missed some of your excellent photos, this is one of them. I think it was good decision to move your camera to this interesting subject. Excellent close up with many nice details. I do not understand the meaning of the writing, but it is a nice mixture of small art with simple wall spraying.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-05 20:34
Ουρανία, εισαι πολύ ευγενική...αλλος φωτογράφος θα καθόταν εκει και θα εβγαζε φωτογραφίες με τήν άνεση του...εσυ προχώρησες για να μην ενοχλήσεις και αυτο δείχνει τήν ευγένεια σου και τήν ευαισθησία σου πρός τουα ανθρώπους και γενικά!!
σουρεαλισμός αυθόρμητος πού σίγουρα σημαίνει κάτι για οποιον το έγραψε...δεν βγάζω νόημα αλλά τα αγαλματάκια στο κάτω μέρος ειναι μοναδικά!!
μια στιγμή απο τήν καθημερινότητα πού εχει ιδιαίτερη σημασία γιατι τήν προσεξες!!!
καλη μέρα νάχεις!
- Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) (38986)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-28
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Graffiti [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-22 10:16