A scene from The Persians by Aeschylus performed at the open theatre of the castle of Leros. The theatrical group visited Leros for only one performance directed by Varvara Doukas.
The Persians is a tragedy first performed in Athens in 472 B.C. It relates the desperation of the officers, royals and people of Persia after the defeat of the Persian Empire to the Greeks in the Battle of Salamis (480 B.C.) A very powerful and heartbreaking play about war and hubris, unfortunately still relevant to human reality, after so many centuries.
In this picture Persian Queen Mother Atossa is narrating her ominous dream to the Chorus that is bringing her horrible news from the crashing defeat. I love the eloquence of Atossa's hands, one pleading and the other one repulsing the pain and horror. The role was performed by Konstantinos Mitropoulos.
A more comprehensive scene in the WORKSHOP.
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CLODO (31606) 2014-07-17 1:13
A live ghost with no head looking for his way in the darkness. I like the gesture of the hands and the overall brown hues, perfect framing. Congratulations for the light management in this difficult situation.
have a good day
tyro (21634) 2014-07-17 1:29
This is quite different to your usual uploads of photographs from around Leros and very well done for managing to capture such an emotive scene in terribly poor lighting conditions - you've done exceedingly well here!
Because of the poor light, your picture is not up to your usual standards of clarity and sharpness, but the emotion of this moment is perfectly captured - those hands lifted aloft in passion, the head turned to one side - it is perfect and conveys exactly what you wanted this image to do.
And your workshop picture puts the whole thing in perfect context too. This must have been a wonderful performance to witness and you have written a very informative and engaging note.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-07-17 1:58
A truly original composition with great drama and visual impact. The striking colours and the strong light ad shadows together with the timing of your capture brings out the best in terms of atmosphere and dynamism too. Loved the workshop picture as well.
Thanks for sharing this superb picture.
Have a nice evening.
snunney (88465) 2014-07-17 2:56
An excellent capture of this character recalling a nightmare. Very well framed and with superb lighting. A lovely blend of warm harmonious tones. An image out of the ordinary for TE but still fitting in with its ideals.
jhm (142920) 2014-07-17 3:10
You did very well, with addition your second picture, on these way get we a better view about the scene.
Composition and subject make these picture attractive.
Colours and presentation are pleasant to look at.
very well done, TFS.
seres76 (1078) 2014-07-17 4:45
Nice capture. Good work... Tfs...
Sergiom (65369) 2014-07-17 5:28
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. C'est très théâtral et très artistique à la fois. J'aime beaucoup le rendu des couleurs terre grâce à la très bonne gestion de la lumière.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-07-17 5:50
Ουρανία, πολύ ομορφη παρουσίαση και αναφορά στο εργο Πέρσες του Αισχύλου..το χρωμα και το ιδιαίτερο φως δινουν μια εμφαση ξεχωριστη στην δραματική υφη της σύνθεσης σου!!
εντυπωσιακή φωτογραφική δουλειά αξια του περίφημου εργου του τραγωδου μας!!
καλο σου βραδυ
holmertz (43795) 2014-07-17 7:40
This is a dramatic and unusual composition. You have captured the Queen's gestures very well with the sparse light falling perfectly on the hands. The dark brown wall matches her brown dress and yellow veil very nicely. Considering the difficult circumstances you have managed a remarkably good photo.
ikeharel (61549) 2014-07-17 8:21
A dramatic moment in the play, I presume - though I do not know this story.
Both photos taken during the performance, are well done photojob. The golden light on the actor fabulousely collected.
aliabazari (16053) 2014-07-17 10:42
Hi Ourania dear
I like this portrait of the Queen Mother. Exposure was very good resolution. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this nice picture. Good and informative text.
Noel_Byrne (26651) 2014-07-17 11:57
You captured a lot of emotion in this, so bravo to you as the photographer and for the actor for their portrayal, even in a still this is a powerful view. Her face being covered like this is intriguing and definitely grabs the eye to go deep and explore what is going on. The light spread so well across the scene and illuminating the yellow is beautiful against the other darker elements.
Thanks for a great note to explain this :)
Silvio1953 (128528) 2014-07-19 13:19
Ciao Ourania, scena di gran fascino, fantastica luce, ottima esposizione e splendidi colori, ciao Silvio
Cricri (110295) 2014-07-19 23:43
Bonne note d'accompagnement sur cette scène dramatique, étrange et mystérieux personnage! bel éclairage qui rend bien les couleurs, belle complémentaire en WS
Passer un très beau dimanche
delpeoples (54471) 2014-07-31 23:59
The Persians was one of the first plays we studied when studying Ancient Greece at school. It has stayed with me ever since. Your photo is truly beautiful, exotic, mysterious and noble. Just like the play. I love the sharpness, the life-like colour and e subtle play of light and shad. The expressiveness in hands has been very skillfully captured and is my favourite element in the photo. Just beautiful, congratulations.
mcmtanyel (15647) 2014-08-02 21:10
What a lovely photo, great light management, crisp clarity, wonderful colors all in a night photo wrapped up with excellent composition. A true work of art, congratulations.