Two little boys playing on the basketball court of Ayia Marina. When they asked why I was pointing my camera downwards, I said that I was after their shadows. This was their instinctive response to my downward looking camera.
After a couple of minutes, one of them followed his mother home. She was very upset because of the recent redundancies in the state hospital of Leros. Some families are packing and several are about to make the painful decision to leave Leros for the sake of job opportunities. The children are caught in the middle of these life changing processes. All children deserve to be happy and safe no matter what.
Thank you for visiting, a great weekend to all
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ikeharel (62925) 2014-04-11 7:41
A fine chosen subject, and a super artistic approach on the well collected scene.
Not happy to know, but also in Israel some Hospital with 100 years of record, also undergoing what called "effective measures" to lower increasing costs of medicare.
I like your idea, superbly done.
Have a nice weekend,
holmertz (45187) 2014-04-11 7:44
This is a very amusing picture but unfortunately you have a sad story going along with it. But as long as the fun lasted the boys provided you with very entertaining shadows. You planned this very cleverly and B&W must have been an obvious choice for this kind of composition.
Thanks for sharing. I hope you can enjoy your weekend despite the sad news for some islanders.
imageme (1790) 2014-04-11 7:46
HI Ourania, Very nice captured shadows of these boys. Another inspired perspective way to view life. The B/W conversion fits well the moment. The white lines on the ground give pattern to the flat ground. Well exposed and good light management. Thank for sharing
snunney (89926) 2014-04-11 7:47
A clever capture of these two dancing shadows. Perfectly exposed with just the right amount of contrast. I hope their lot improves soon.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-04-11 12:21
A very original photograph with the shadows of the little children revealing their true nature and free spirit. The black and white treatment is superb in the sense of clarity and at the same time the shadows are soft enough not to hurt the eyes. The painted white lines are an attractive and important part of the composition. The feelings that you express through your notes are true for children in many parts of the world today. We definitely need more tolerance and kindness in the world.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-11 12:44
This is so funny, with these kids shadows and them asking you what you are doing.
On a serious note it is very sad when trouble comes to folk and disrupts their life's.
But on the plus side they pull together and find a solution.
Well managed, Tfs,
mjw364 (2) 2014-04-11 13:06
Now I like this! Creative and funny and original. Very well done! It looks like the hall of mirrors the way the subjects are posing here. Nicely done.
Noel_Byrne (27396) 2014-04-11 13:30
A thoughtful picture when read in conjunction with your note. At first glance, these poses are of happy, carefree children posing for the camera and having fun, and that makes everybody smile. But reading your note brings a hint of sadness, when we look at what is happening with closures and emigration, are these children really anything more than shadows, the faces and individuality of whom will never really be seen by those who make these decisions.
Poignant and beautiful. Thanks as always
macjake (61434) 2014-04-11 13:35
almost looks like an Alien :)
funny to see how the legs bow out on each side. Its almost how I walk naturally haha
fun shot, well seen and posted.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-04-11 14:47
Ουρανία, η εικόνα σου μου θυμίζει τα παιδικά μου χρόνια που δεν ειχαμε πολλά παιχνίδια και παίζαμε κι εμείς συχνά με τίς σκιές μας δημιουργώντας σχήματα και προκαλώντας τον ηλιο!! τι ομορφα χρόνια!!! νάσαι καλα πού μου τα θίμισες!!
abmdsudi (46898) 2014-04-11 18:29
A good inverted image and a fine attempt playing with light and shadows! Shadows are always mysterious and ever-changing; you have found good shadows that grab and keep ones attention--while one wonders what this is all about! and conveyed its mystery well. Very well observed and captured the range of tones and textures is beautiful, whilst at the same time the shadowy detail fits in perfectly within the frame The mono helps the shadows to really stand out so much better, glad you've explained the image even without it would still have intrigued and pleased! Well done
jjcordier (79002) 2014-04-11 22:59
ce jeu d'ombre donne une image originale et très amusante.
Cricri (111373) 2014-04-12 0:51
Malheureusement les enfants subisse les désagréments de la vie.....
Un jeu amusant pour ces deux enfants jouant avec leurs ombres, bien pris en bonne version N/B
jhm (144250) 2014-04-12 1:33
These picture must we look upon as art.
Excellent captured, nice presentation too.
Good contrast picture too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-12 2:32
A wonderfully playful monochromatic shot. I do so enjoy your unique way of capturing and expressing your world. Your sad message is very informative and tragically certainly quite common in these uncertain financial times.
Have a nice weekend
eldancer1 (32033) 2014-04-12 7:44
Creative, original and good composition showing only parts of the legs while exposing the whole shadows. I like the textures and it has good details. Well done, tfs.
CLODO (32170) 2014-04-12 11:26
Nice amusing shadows with a big head. good idea to turn the picture 180°
fritzi007 (8685) 2014-04-12 13:38
really a super photo with good commentary, fantastic idea
jcpix (13814) 2014-04-12 15:14
This instantly caught my attention yesterday when I snuck a peek at TE while at work, but unfortunately never had the time to comment until now. What a fabulous shot...so full of fun and spontaneity! Even though these two youngsters played it up for your camera, there's still very much an air of candid play. The two different postures are delightful. The little guy on the right looks quite presidential with his arm upright as if he's about to deliver a speech to his countrymen, while the misshapen shadow of the kid on the left looks almost alien-like. :) A result that is chuck full of childlike enthusiasm and character, one which you just can't help but smile in return. :) Love the idea to invert the viewpoint, making the shadows really come to life in a their natural positions. Great choice for black & white as well, emphasing the contrast with an artistic flare. Love it! Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take good care.
Antipodean (1658) 2014-04-12 17:18
Kia ora Ourania (greetings from New Zealand),
a very clever capture. On first glance from the thumb nail I thought they were drawings. The unrehearsed stance of the boys makes this even more remarkable. Cheers, Neil
Silvio1953 (130330) 2014-04-13 6:01
Ciao Ourania, bella ed originale, geniale gico di ombre, bravissima, ciao Silvio
tyro (22140) 2014-04-13 6:11
This is a delightful and very novel photograph which just breathes childhood happiness and carefree fun on a bright and sunny day - but which is in sharp contrast to your poignant and emotive note. That the poor, the young and the innocent should suffer through greed is despicable - whether it be the greed of politicians causing wars or, in the more recent scenario, the greed of bankers causing worldwide bancrupcy and poverty.
But this is a novel and joyful photograph, so appealing by its sheer simplicity, very well seen and very well taken!
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-13 7:38
absolutely amazing and creative shot!
Really like the way you play here with the light and shade as well as with the form to achieve so expressive and strong graphical effect.
For me-a real masterpiece among other pictures on TE!
Wish You a nice sunday
Didi (59066) 2014-04-16 16:03
Un instant décisif bien capté, scène humoristique
Il ne manquait plus que ton ombre dur le sol, mais ce n'est pas autorisé sur Trekearth :)
tenretin (2545) 2014-04-25 5:48
Good fun idea more ... the effect is guaranteed! Well done and good work!.
mcmtanyel (16625) 2014-05-06 10:20
When I saw the thumbnail, I thought, "Karagöz and Hacivat" knowing that the tradition is shared in Greece, too. Well, it turns out it a a live version of it.
If I had to venture a guess, I would say this image is turned 180 degrees or you were hanging upside down when you took the photo.
I am sorry to read about the reduction of health services in Leros. Not only does it affect the workers being laid off, but also the public who depend on those services. There does not seem to be any end to these economic hard times.
adores (40960) 2014-05-06 15:31
You got a very good composition with a simple subject! Great shadows, I like their poses and the way you framed them.