Monday, January 19, 2015

Modern Babel

The two modern buildings seem to look upon the old Coptic church with sullenness. However, the old building seems to withstand the pressure overbearingly.

I thought this was an interesting view of three different buildings, modern and old, religious and urban, standing together side by side, forming a unique urban landscape. The photo was taken in Vienna, Austria, near the Vienna International Center (VIC) and St Markus Coptic Church. On the left is the E wing of the VIC and on the right of the church there is a glass business tower, the IZD Tower.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.

modern Babel
modern Babel

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015 !

Happy New Year 2015 !
May everything be bright and beautiful in your life!

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.


bright and beautiful

Monday, December 29, 2014

Distant Lighthouse

This is a night view from near where I live down to the bay. In the middle of the bay lies the small uninhabited Raftis island after which the whole bay and the seaside resort town of about 10,000 inhabitants takes its name, Porto Rafti. This place used to be my beloved summer holidays resort as a child and ended up being the location of my permanent residence today.

The Raftis island is like a cone-shaped hill that that's grown in the sea like many other Greek islets. On top of the hill there's a lighthouse comforting approaching seamen that are about to enter the safe waters of the protected bay, or otherwise waving Godspeed if the journey just begins.

There's something mystical about this scenery at moonlit peaceful nights, when the sea is still, no wind at all, the silence is dense, and far in the distance all you can see is the lighthouse sending its monotonous, yet so soul warming, signal.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.


Lighthouse, Porto Rafti bay.
Lighthouse, Porto Rafti bay.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Prague in snow

This is one of my early digital photos taken some ten years ago, back in 2005, in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. A couple of hours after midnight, it was really cold and windy, and the view of Tyn Church (or Church of Our Lady before Tyn) was majestic fading out through the snowstorm. I set up a small tripod I was carrying while trying for my fingers not to freeze and used back curtain flash hoping to capture the snowflakes and render some of the landscape's wintry atmosphere. The photograph really brings back memories and feelings of that trip.

It is said that Tyn Church inspired Walt Disney for Sleeping Beauty Castle!

Happy Holidays and warm Season's Greetings!

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.


Prague in snow - Tyn Church
Prague in snow - Tyn Church

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

On the way to Bratislava

This picture was taken from inside the train covering the distance from Vienna to Bratislava. It was a cold January with temperatures at -7oC, after it had snowed, but the weather was then calm after the storm with no wind at all. The landscape looked still, peaceful, and white. I thought the silhouettes of the nude trees lined up in the distance and the parallel vertical lines in the fields composed an interesting frame. I was pleased to see the result on my Nikon's screen.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.


on the way to Bratislava
on the way to Bratislava

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Color in snow

This shot was taken at a railway station near Old Town Bratislava, Slovakia, in a chilly January with temperatures under -7 oC. What caught my eyes instantly was the beautiful contrast of graffiti colors in the totally dressed-in-white landscape. Old Town Bratislava is a beautiful place that is worth visiting when the weather is warm enough to enjoy walking in its picturesque (pedestrian only) streets and a sip of coffee in one of the many cafes, served outside in plain air.

Photography by Sotiris Spyrakopoulos.


color in snow
color in snow