This building stands by the harbour of Ayia Marina. It was built more than ninety years ago and served as customs office during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese (and maybe afterwards too). The plaque above the doorway bears the badge of the Kingdom of Italy and writes "Regina Dogana", Royal Customs.
For about 25 years now, the building has been used by the Theatrical Group of Leros for its rehearsals, studios and seminars and the smaller room on the first floor has been granted to Radio Leros. On Sunday mornings the rehearsals of the Children's Stage take place there.
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photographer_sg (863) 2014-02-27 10:43
that is a lovely Composition with beautiful colours. You have displayed a place with a history where art and culture flourishes. The motorcycle in the foreground brightens up the picture and the charming child lost in his own world makes it come alive. Thanks for sharing and have a great new day.
Romano46 (14496) 2014-02-27 11:05
questa mi piace molto.
Un piccolo capolavoro nella composizione perfetta con le sue diagonali e con la motocicletta messa al posto più appropriato.
Ma quello che attrae è anche la presenza dell'immagine sacra che si contrappone allo stemma che appare sopra la porta.
Anche i colori sono quelli giusti e la macchia di giallo ravviva ancor più quello che già era bello di suo.
Complimenti per il notevole colpo d'occhio che hai dimostrato di possedere.
Ciao e buona serata
arnie (1215) 2014-02-27 11:43
Lovely capture, great colours, interesting fresco on the wall and the little child playing with the railings,
Noel_Byrne (16219) 2014-02-27 11:43
I love the placement of the bike, both in the light and in the frame. You mention the theatre, and its almost as if the bike is under a spotlight, perhaps it too is rehearsing for a big show :) A wonderful old building too, and heartening to see it being used for such community reasons. Beautiful colors in this whole scene, striking yellow against white and blue is something I don't often see, so a rare treat!
All the best
rbassin (14455) 2014-02-27 11:50
C'est une bonne composition, avec des contrastes, bleu, jaune ou moto, architecture et l'enfant.
holmertz (33511) 2014-02-27 13:46
A well spotted yellow motor-bike, perfectly placed to catch the sun. while the white and blue wall is pleasantly shaded. The colours are nicely contrasted and this deceptively simple composition has lots of fine elements to its credit, such as the child lingering by the window, the Italian plaque you mentioned, the painting on the wall and the nicely shaped grey area where the plaster has fallen off. The digonals are nice too, as they usually are.
daddo (21274) 2014-02-27 14:40
Hi Ourania. There is a strong sense of repose and idling the time here a sit does have a feel of summer.But on closer observation (the way the child is dressed) and on reading your note one sees that inside things are happening and it's not holiday time. Great colours of the expected and the unexpected. Best wishes. Klaudio.
mohammad_H (7940) 2014-02-27 15:03
buildings with beautiful architecture, eye-catching and has a nice view, and magnificent, light and color management
Best wishes to you
ACL1978 (6847) 2014-02-27 17:03
Nice to see the bright yellow bike break up the constant Greek islands theme of blue and white, Ourania - it stands out really nicely here, bathed in the sun while the building sits in shadow. And then the small boy as well, coming along - a well composed shot. Thanks!
jcpix (8350) 2014-02-27 19:01
As Noel mentioned, the placement and sunlight on the motorcycle is what first caught my eye...along with the contrasting yellow color. Taking a good look, this picture has it all...shapes, lines, patterns, color, contrast, textures...on and on, and to top it off with just the right touch...the small child playing in the window frame. I would tend to think this type of scene is nothing that stands out to most, particularly the locals...however, it's far removed from anything I'm accustomed to in my region.
Notwithstanding, you've composed and captured the essence of the every day surroundings with charm and character. I'm curious to know the rider of this bike...a bit more "rough & tumble", or "carefree & easy going??" Hope it's not actually the little boy! :) Enjoy the weekend ahead. Take it easy.
Corry (3402) 2014-02-27 19:58
J'aime beaucoup les couleurs contrastantes de cette photo. Jolie composition. Salutations.
SnapRJW (26088) 2014-02-27 22:00
All is quiet on a Sunday afternoon Ourania. The grownups are having 40 winks after a big lunch and one small child is restless and bored! That's how I remember Sunday afternoons when I was a child. Oh what joy when my aunt took me for a walk! This shot carries that type of feel. Simple observation where the yellow bike gives punch to a peaceful scene. Warm regards Rosemary
danos (80278) 2014-02-27 23:30
πολύ όμορφη αντίθεση του μπλε του άσπρου και της κίτρινης σταθμευμένης μηχανής εμπρός το Τελωνείου του νησιού.Το πιτσιρίκι που μπαίνει στο κάδρο δίνει ζωή στο κάδρο,καθώς το υπέροχο φως της ημέρας αναδεικνύει τις λεπτομέρειες και την ομορφιά του.
dta (59121) 2014-02-28 0:11
Hello Ourania ,
A fine composition . Excellent management of the contrasted lightings . The little boy in blue adds to the interest .
dip (22232) 2014-02-28 0:53
Γεια σου Ουρανία,
μία φωτογραφία γεμάτη όμορφα χρώματα,υπέροχο φως,πολύ καλή σαφήνεια αλλά και ενδιαφέρουσες λεπτομέρειες!
snunney (75072) 2014-02-28 2:55
The yellow motorbike makes a fine focal point and sits well against the whitewashed wall of the old customs house. I like also the presence of the child, who comes into frame at just the right moment. A well framed and well exposed composition. Excellent colours and sharpness.
ikeharel (46976) 2014-02-28 3:55
You had found a great contrast of the yellow motorbike against the white aand blue facade. Also, some light contrast on the shaded parts on photo.
Fien clarity, askewed angle upon and the outlines well collected. An interesting note, especailly its Italian domain years back. Enjoy the play on the weekend,
jhm (130642) 2014-02-28 4:08
Thank you very much for your excellent information about this building.
Everything is very calm alone the small boy in background is present..
Your picture is wonderful taken with a very nice view about these area.
Perspective and depth be superb.
Excellent detailed picture with a high sharpness made.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
mirosu (10186) 2014-02-28 6:32
Excellent house façade photo in very good light. I like the arrangement with the yellow bike in front and the child just at the edge of the frame. The tight crop is an excellent option and the light and shadow play is superb.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
dkmurphys (44082) 2014-02-28 7:26
I like this unusual composition of elements. Also, the colors are great. Well taken, have a good weekend.
pajaran (44354) 2014-02-28 10:18
Dobar tekst o mestu i arhitekturi, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na zuti motor i zgradu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak ,lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
A good article on the site and the architecture, with a description ...
Nice view of the yellow motor and building ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely shown the place and the moment, pretty colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Cricri (95391) 2014-03-01 6:15
Un ancien bâtiment intéressant qui reste pour d'autres belles occasions, bon placement de la moto et de l'enfant habillé de bleu, grand contraste des couleurs et en bel harmonie, belle présentation
Silvio1953 (109295) 2014-03-01 7:47
Ciao Ourania, bella composizione con la grande moto in buon contrasto con la facciata dai classici colori mediterranei, brava, buon week end, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (35340) 2014-03-01 7:51
The warm light produces very appealing result even in the rather simple street shot with all the important elements are at right spot with good back ground interest. Exposure works fine, nice warm colors and contrast with the yellow bike grabs attention as prominent subject. A fine effort. Congrats
krzychu30 (14378) 2014-03-01 9:22
ohh,I can feel here so well relaxing,leisurely atmosphere of Sunday´s afternoon.Even in its minimalistic form the scene has it and you were able to convey and capture it perfectly in this scene.
And one thing more-the color scheme of the scene and its strong graphics.Really magnificent!
The yellow motorcycle was here crucial for the scene.
Have a nice weekend
wolf38 (29666) 2014-03-02 1:40
Hello Ourania. Blue and white, a small child and a yellow motorcycle. My compliments for this beautiful photo. Fine composition and strong colors. Top.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
aliabazari (10492) 2014-03-02 12:12
I love the architecture, the history of the old building. A great combination of motorcycle and curious child.
Thanks for sharing
nikkitta (10418) 2014-03-04 11:49
Hola Ourania querida
I know is not the last post, but the color and composition call my atention
What can I said about the building but to congtrat your country to preserve in good way all beautiful buildings, like this one, it seems blue is new but white..
Of course the eye catchin is the motor but also ( my idea) the litlle girl and the woooden frame at the right
Muy bien hecho
Un saludo con cariño
mcmtanyel (7325) 2014-03-04 21:48
Your photo has two of my favorite elements here: An interesting architectural detail and a bright colored vehicle. Light management is quite impressive, TFS!