Greece Photos # 6 – A Modern Ruin

Long Beach, CA

I think this is one of the best photos I’ve ever taken. I shot it in Kolympari on the north-west coast of Crete. I had only been in the country a few days and was still suffering from jet lag. So I found myself wide-awake at dawn wandering around town. I found the north coast of Crete–huge stretches of it anyway–to be pretty depressing. Lots of it has been overbuilt and looks like an endless ramshackle Waikiki. Other areas that have been left out of this crushing commercialization seem run down, tired, lost (I should also state that there are parts of the north cast that are staggeringly beautiful and have found other, more dignified and sustainable, economic paths).

This photo, I think captures the reality of these “left out” places. At first glance this might look like a photo of some ancient ruin. But it’s actually the remains of a modern building. As I’ve said, I love this shot. Someday I’d like to use it on a book cover …

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Dawn, Kolympari, Crete – 2011