The unusual decorated town of Pyrgi on the Greek Island of Chios which is adjacent to the west Turkish coast, around Cesme and Izmir. From http://www.chiosonline.gr/pyrgi.asp
"At Pyrgi and Lithi, one sees scraped designs called Xysta on the facades of the houses. This is a technique of hand-engraving geometric motifs in black and white on plaster. It is based on plastering-sand being applied to the wall, carefully painted white, then scraped with the designs. These Xysta, reminiscent of the Italian Sgraffito, a form of decoration which stems from Genoa, has made the town of Pyrgi unique."
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pierrefonds (65276) 2014-07-04 7:14
The balconies are impressive. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the balconies. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.
Silvio1953 (140815) 2014-07-04 7:29
Ciao Chris, lovely composition with well decorated balconies, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Royaldevon (37927) 2014-07-04 7:41
Thank you for the explanation.
What fine decorations!
These B&W repeating motifs are so effective and the travelling ones so very Greek.
You have given us some fine examples to savour, here, along with these lovely balconies.
My warm regards,
Nicou (140040) 2014-07-04 8:05
Fantastique vue et iamge quel graphsime de balcon et ces dessins et décorations en noir et blanc le cadrage latéral est parfait superbe.
Bravo et amitié
Cricri (117853) 2014-07-04 8:19
Une décoration qui sort de l'ordinaire et qui en fait sa particularité, bon cadrage et prise excellente de la lumière, intéressante note d'accompagnement
chrislo (4155) 2014-07-04 13:39
Excellent composition and nice crop of these remarkable patterned walls and balconies. The black and white designs are a strong graphical element in the composition. You've handled the light masterfully and the captured details on the photo are just magnificent. Brilliantly executed shot.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-04 21:19
Ces balcons et façades peintes sont vraiment étonnants et t'ont donné l'occasion de faire une très bonne photo.
emka (95203) 2014-07-04 23:53
Amazing walls and balconies, I have never seen anything similar. superb presentation. Fantastic decoration. I would prefer without aircondition, but they need it.
WArm regrads Malgo
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-05 3:26
this looks amazing. Obviously lots of work and thought went into these imaginative and delicate decorations. They look so fascinating and attractive in this fine capture. Wonderful!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Graal (102622) 2014-07-05 4:23
unusual and very nice balconies. I like the geometric decorative details. Good shot. Photo and place I like.
Have a nice WE.
Sergiom (77359) 2014-07-05 5:33
Ils sont absolument magnifiques ces perrons très décorés de formes géométriques en noir et blanc. Le point de vue donne une très belle diagonale qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. La lumière est superbe.
ikeharel (69827) 2014-07-05 8:48
Good evening Chris,
Marvelous taken this facade, painted baconies and walls, wooden shutters in brown contrast to white.
The artistic approach upon, well rendered on photo.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-08 9:21
Like the capture well cropped showing this Xysta designs, never see before
Like the touch of color given by some flowers and also doors
Well done, tfs
Waylim (25502) 2014-07-10 18:00
This is reall a very ornate design balcany. Lots of stuff going one with all this patterns. Lots of work going into this. The photo is great with so much details not sure if in reality it is too busy for the eyes. I wouldn't want my balcany to be so busy :) Simplicity is my taste when it come to that.
macjake (67038) 2014-07-11 8:21
you're not kidding about this being somewhat atypical for greek styling.
certainly wouldnt have thought this photo was taken in Greece.
We've been seeing alot of balcony photos from Malta lately, so this one fits in nicely but its also so different.
Very artistic and ornate. Lots of time and effort put into these.
Glad you're showing it to us.
excellent job in getting the underside lit aswell.
mcmtanyel (21810) 2014-07-24 20:29
These xysta are very pleasant decorations, I am trying to imagine how a whole neighborhood would look with every building decorated like this. I wish they would find a way to disguise or adapt those air conditioners.
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (112315)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-04 6:54