A shop window from the old town of Ioannina...The city is famous since centuries for its silversmiths and silverware. But what in my opinion makes this window really "live" are the displayed small figurines of characters of the folk shadow theatre called Karagiozis. This type of shadow theatre has its origins in old Persia (today's Iran) and travelled to the west with the Turks, where is very popular too. That's how it came in Greece.
The main charachter, Karagiozis, is the representation of the smart cool and poor guy who is trying to survive in the difficult hard world using whatever tricks the human mind can imagine! Unfortunatelly today only a very few of Karagiozis players are still working as they are dissapearing due aging and no new ones comes on the scene.
The small figures are now collective and decorative items!
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papagolf21 (87755) 2004-10-29 4:36
J'aime beaucoup les petits personnages très colorés faisant penser à Guignol (petit théâtre pour enfants). Le cadrage serré fait bien ressortir la mini boutique de souvenirs, l'encadrement de la fenêtre aux pierres jointoyées renforce la composition.
Excellente idée, George.
Merci pour la note et le partage.
jhm (141523) 2004-10-29 7:25
This picture is absolutely colourful, and decorative items are very clear and sharp, George, excellent composition with a good note too. Thanks for visiting my photograph.
aznegrao (10316) 2004-10-29 7:26
Fotografia muito informativa sobre um artesanato bem original George. Gostei muito dos detalhes e do enquadramento. Saudações.
elihesamian (26149) 2004-10-29 7:45
A nice simbolic handicrafts shot,a very familiar for me,you can a lot of view like it in Iran,and I know the Greece have a great history like Iran,and have a many traditional styles & things which comes from their history,and I love this matter,too.
very nice captured and well composed with a great details,nicely done,George.
avigur_11 (22077) 2004-10-29 7:57
I am familiar with your simpathy for flea markets, I like them too. I like the rich colors and the special items that you found here, and the nice capture. Good note, too. Well done.
kikvel (4784) 2004-10-29 8:01
Nice bazaar, I like this kind of stores much.
Nice colors and nice TE contribution.
HOBO (5282) 2004-10-29 8:20
Great still life George! Very colorful.
I did not know you will find them (Karagöz and Hacivat, as they are called in Turkey)in Greece too. Nice to learn from your note!
nilolabrador (1469) 2004-10-29 10:28
Beautiful shop window. The figurines
are colorful and sharp. Very well seen!
burdallet (0) 2004-10-29 10:59
des choses simplex avec une inflen
ce de l'empire Ottoman
Simple items with the influence of the Ottoman empire ( style )
mismet (1320) 2004-10-29 14:29
This a very lovely coloured and composed photo.The most effective thing that makes me like your photos is probably i find a lot of my culture-my self- in them.Turks and Greeks,have lots of in common,but i beleive still not so good neighbours.And for Karagoz and Hacivat.Nice to see them in your photo.Legend attributes the character of Karagoz to a real person who lived during the reign of Orhan Bey (1324-1360). A mosque was being built in the Turkish capital of Bursa, and among the labourers were Karagoz and Hacivad, who kept dist-racting the others from their work with their humorous repartee. As a result, construction of the mosque took longer than expected, Also criticising the current authorities-sultan and his guys-.And when the angry sultan heard about their antics he had them both executed..
bpelvan (3798) 2004-10-29 15:39
Well..:))) Both you and "mismet" already told everything about PERSONAL matters between ourselves. No need to repeat them again..)))
This picture tells to me more than to others of course. It shows our forgotten values. But this is natural. That's improvement.
This is a good shot both technically and emotionally George. Very very good colors and sharpness you have here. I wish I could be able to see the reproductions on the left a little bit more clear.
well done. Thanks for sharing...
Intruder (3099) 2004-10-29 15:41
i really enjoy your photos George, great details and figures in this shot! i see a real genious behind that nikon d70. very well done
ChristianS (2997) 2004-10-29 16:59
I like this picture, it's full of details and lovely colours. Very appealing to the eye. Well seen and captured!
Xalkida (11744) 2004-10-29 17:50
Omorfa xromata, oraio kadrarisma kai para polles idees gia to ti tha agoraso tin epomeni fora poy tha pao sta panemorfa Ioannina (ektos apo ta asimika poy tha parei [PALI!] h kyra moy)! :)
Great job! Thanks for sharing Giorgo!
apazevedo (5469) 2004-10-30 15:02
This is culture, George, and your note helps us to understand what this is about. Very colorful picture, well framed and composed, good note and work!
- Copyright: George Pantoulas (Aegean) (2571)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-09-20
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D70, Tokina AF 19-35
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Shop fronts [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-29 3:44
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