A scene I spotted in the area of Theseion in Athens and had only seconds to capture before the little girls started moving again and the old lady walked out of the frame. I wasn't able to manage the lighting very well but feel very lucky because the little girls stood still for a moment and because a granny like this is not very common to see downtown.
The narrow street I was walking along was lined with packed restaurants and full of pedestrians too. The little girls stopped because a strange bicycle with a seat like a bench and three girls pedaling was trying to make its way through the crowd too. Behind them lie the tracks of the electric railway.
The Acropolis of Athens (Greek: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών) is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis comes from the Greek words ἄκρον (akron, "edge, extremity") and πόλις (polis, "city"). Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as "The Acropolis" without qualification.
While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site's most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike.
The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.
Thank you for visiting, a lovely weekend to all
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holmertz (56095) 2014-01-17 10:48
This photo has been here for three hours and has been seen by 93 people before me, but has received 0 points. What are people up to these days? It's a lovely street shot with two nice girls in colourful clothes occupying the foreground and the old woman, traditionally dressed in black, just about to walk out of the picture. We can see this very symbolically or just enjoy the composition. The Acropolis serves as a superb background and leaves us in no doubt where this was taken.
It's a beautiful photo with such good light and colours. You managed to combine cleverness with sheer luck. I think that is the secret of most good street-photos.
Cricri (122473) 2014-01-17 11:07
Deux générations différentes, un appel comme quoi il faut profiter de la vie tant que l'on sait le faire, car la vie passe si vite, trop vite ......ces enfants ne s'en rendent pas compte, mais la vielle dame surement, intéressante vue sur l'ancienne citadelle,
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-17 19:37
Yes, the gap is to some extent created a vast difference, but it is sometime feel closer when those childrens are trying to grab the experiences from the seniors. A nice image which is perfectly goes with your title. Nicely composed. Good depth and fine colour tone. Another superb one. Tfs.
abmdsudi (56298) 2014-01-17 22:54
It would be so easy to pass this by, this seems to invigorate the scene and a really good juxtaposition. In this setting I think the elderly adds the extra to tell a story while in general vivid colours of girls grab the eye more. Imho you title doesn't seem to match this shot as the vital subject i.e the lady, seems so insignificant walking away from frame and doesn't contribute much to this shot and there a missing link between them. Feel it works as street people or street life in general, Well done, Congrats
jhm (156458) 2014-01-18 1:12
I like your picture through the perfect show of the generation gap very well, maybe I belong through my age to the lady in background, but I try always to remain a little bit too young through photography.
These two young girls are wonderful models for your picture.
Excellent composition, lovely photo work.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
siudzi (34141) 2014-01-18 2:23
I was at this street few times and always enjoyed the view of the Acropolis. You were lucky to captured these cute little girls with such a natural way -- it's the key of your beautiful work. Very well done!
Have a nice weekend!
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-18 2:40
That is a such a nice photo and a original title. There is so much to admire over here. These lovely little girls, the old lady walking out of the frame the Acropolis on top of the hill everything suits in well to form a fantastic composition. I read in your note that the light was not very good, but I find it to be another nice attraction to this fine photo. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (32512) 2014-01-18 5:49
Nicely done to capture this fleeting moment so well, and you have expressed the meaning of the shot so perfectly well. As we look at the generation gap, the children and the old woman, it does make me think of the passing of time. But to enforce that, behind stands a symbol of the ancient world, and beside the girls, a symbol of the new.
As these great historic buildings stand here, I think of what they have seen, the passing of cities, emporers, generals, armies and states. As the world changed so much, it stands till proud, as impressive today as ever.
I guess the little girls look at the old woman and think that they will NEVER be so old. But the temple looks at the children, and in a blink of an eye, they are that old too.
Thought provoking shot Ourania. Thanks as always
Silvio1953 (148411) 2014-01-18 11:13
Ciao Ourania, graziosa scena con la contrapposizione di generazioni separata da una magnifica vista dell'Acropoli di Atene, composizione curata nei minimi particolari, bravissima, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (25584) 2014-01-18 22:06
What a symbolic capture! The bright colors of the girls' costumes vs the black dress of the old lady, the adventurous, carefree position of the girls vs the slow, deliberate motion of the old lady, the close proximity of the girls to the camera vs the old lady on the verge of walking out of the frame all combine to make your point. The Acropolis acts as a nice backdrop to this comparison.
Didi (60590) 2014-01-22 23:58
Un point de vue intéressant sur l'Acropole et une bonne perspective sur l'avant-plan
Les jeunes filles semblent poser pour toi
L'idéal c'est de les photographier lorsque leur attention n'est pas attirée par ta présence ce qui n'est pas facile :)
macjake (70515) 2014-01-27 1:17
I enjoy these style's of photos with the large varying ages of people.
its sort of a nastalgic scene, makes us think about the past and the future at the same time.
nice to see some of the classic architecture in the bg too, fits the theme well.
ikeharel (74733) 2016-03-29 10:11
How did I missed this one, Ourania??
I can remember the precise POV this was taken from, when walking from the place of the Jewish community monument towards the Agora along the RR tracks, with fantastic view of the Acropolis - but culminating above all are those two young girls posing for you upon the iron fence, their attractive look. The old lady slowly walk up the road, also made a good subject in contrast, a timely contrast on this picture, the "Generation-gap".
Bravo my dear, have a good night, Kalinichta.