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Black n’ white

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     As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m stuck in bed for a few days due to a medical condition. So I was wondering all this time. What can I do to be creative and productive? And then it hit me. I have a ton of images I shot during all these years I do photography, which I never published a) because I thought they suck b) because I was too lazy to edit and c) because I didn’t have a real editing program. So now that I cannot shot new images and have a lot of time -literally- and an Adobe Photography subscription -AT LAST!!!!- it’s time for me to go back, review all the photos one by one, choose the ones I feel I can do something with them, practice my editing skills and at the same time posting here, on instagram (@thearcadiangirl) and on pinterest (Stamina Scar) -btw, you should find in other social media and connect in more ways!-
     So my first few edited photos are these black and white. Who doesn’t love it after all? It’s like transfering to another time, like it’s giving this special feeling to the image. Plus it can make an image from okay interesting actually -and most of the time takes less time to edit. What can I do, I’m a pretty lazy person-.
     What do you think?

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Underwater magic

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Hey!

There is this beach, a 45 minutes drive from Athens, that feels like an island beach. Under some cliffs with crystal clear water. I have felt in love with it! The last time I went for a swim there I took my action camera with me, a cheap Rollei, and I went snorkeling around a bit. The first time I took an underwater view there. I was really surprised when I saw there were a lot of fish which were not scared and following me around.

Unfortunately, I hadn’t charge the battery (what a fool I am!) and these are the only images I managed to capture. They are not enough, but I hope they are good!

What do you think? Let me know!

 

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Athens by evening

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A grimpse of Athens, but at a different area. Usually I photograph Plaka, which is my absolutely favorite neighborhood, but today I spent my afternoon in Eksarheia, a more boho and artistic part of downtown Athens.  Actually I had my coffee there with my bestie and then we started walking around and taking photos.
So, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of the results. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my dslr with me, but my phone has a really good camera and the amazing thing is that I have the option to play with the aperture, the  shutter speed and the iso! How cool is that?
I hope you like the images. Can’t wait to read your comments.
And if you share the same passion for photography with me, don’t forget to let in the comments the link to your blog or everywhere you post your images, so I can check them out and share my opinion.

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Unexpected turn

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Hello, here I am again! The past week was a difficult one, very very stressful. And what I do when I need to relax? Simple. I grab my dslr and go for a walk in the centre of Athens. My favorite neighborhoods are there. So, last Friday I took my camera, hopped on the metro and 20 minutes later I was at Acropolis station. I took a walk around Acropolis hill to Thisio, and while I was ready to go on my usual walk, I took a turn I never had before! I don’t even now in what neighborhood I ended at.

The point is I made it to relax, think of few things and now I feel brand new (almost)!

Do you have any tricks to relax?

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#Grisis

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Greek crisis. What are your thoughts when you think of this? “Poor Greeks”. “Greeks stole our money”. “Greeks are lazy”. These are some of the comments I hear from people from around Europe. Let me explain you why non of this is right.

Greece has a full history. 400 years of slavory, 100 years of war for freedom, 5 years war against the Nazis, 4 years of civil war,7 years of dectatorship. And all this is the modern history of Greece only. There are a lot of people who remember the butchery of women and children from the Nazis. My grandmother lost a couple of brothers in this war.

Anyway, as you can understand our ancestors had to fight a lot for freedom! And I am really proud of them! And our parents had to fight for their and our labor rights. And then on 2001 Greece enters the eurozone. Euro is our new currency and everybody believes that our problems are over. Well, ok, not everybody!

When we entered the eurozone some of the fiscal data were fake. But the EU leaders knew all about it and they still let us in. (Would it be too extreme to think there was a plan all this time?)

But we held the Olympic Games of 2004. You know, the Games returned home. What a dream! I remember the thrill I felt the first time I went to the Olympic stadium to watch a game and the olympic fire was on and all were just amazing. My mother was volunteering back then so I got to hang around a lot. It really was the golden days. Fake, yes, but everybody could live what Americans call ‘The American Dream”. You know, a car, maybe two, a home, vacations on the islands, good studies for the children and so on.

Then 2009 came. “We have a debt problem” the government said. We had to sign a memorandum with the so called Troika (a word to hate!). So to sum it up a bit, after 5 years of programs in Greece we count:

-6,000 suicides (due to economic difficulties)

-6,3 million Greeks are living in the limits of poverty (that means less than 980 euros for a 4-member family)

-650,000 children starve each day.

-30% unemployment, but 60% unemployment for the young people (under 35 years old)

-200,000 of economic immigrants

-586 euro the minimum wage (when my rent is 250 euros, the electicity, water and telephone is extra!) Of course education and experience is just in pros to get the job, not to get the proportionate wage. Plus, the full time jobs are so few nowadays.  

Oh, and for those under 25 years old is 15% off. (When I was not unemployed I was working 6 hours a day, 5 days a week and my wage was 320 euro!)

-All pensions have been cut. Some maybe even by half. Everytime I go to the super market there are old people outside aking for food. You know there is no more dishonorable thing than cutting pensions. These people can’t work, but they had been working for 35 years and paid all their contributions and taxes.

-The VAT has raised these years 4% . That means at least 4% more expressive everything.

-Every year since 2013 we have to pay tax for our homes. It is like we rent the houses we own, these houses we bought after years and years of work.

-There are people who have no homes anymore. Everywhere you go you can see people sleeping on the road. Homeless people that 5 years ago had a decent job, a beautiful home, a beautiful life.

-The education system is to cry for. The universities don’t have money. But the worst is that elemenatry schools, secondary schools, high schools don’t have even heat for the winter months. The schildren have to wear jackets and scarves and gloves during the lessons. Plus, if someone wants to enter to the univerity he has to pay tutorials for all 7 or 6 lessons in the final exams (the cost in more than a 1,000 euro per month, but as I said earlier the wage is 586 euro) 

-And the national healthcare system… I don’t even want to talk about it. We just wish we never get sick.

Do your country’s media show you the lines outside banks after this weekend? Yes? Were these past 5 years showing you people searching food in the garbage or, maybe, the lines for the free meals? Or the children passing out in the school? Or did they even bothered to show you the demonstrations and what the riot police was doing?

And now you are probably asking “but my country lended you money, where did these money go?” THE BANKS!  90% of the money we borrowed with the programs went to the banks! If you don’t believe me you can watch HERE the talk of a member of the Belgium parliament.

And now we have the chance to vote on a referendum and everybody in Europe is against it. Well, sorry but this is DEMOCRACY.

And I do not fear the “NO”. No to memorandums and no to extortions.

As Kazantzakis said “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”

The reason I started this post with a reference to the Greek modern history is because every time Greece falls is due to traitors. Not the Jon Snow style though. The modern traitors are the governments that tromped out dignity by voting almost 200 new laws in one night and non of them had read those laws (yes, this is what they said about memorandum no. 1).

V for Vendetta said “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”  I am waiting for this moment.

I am sorry if this was too heavy for you to read. I just felt the need to share with you. I hope my images from sunny Athens shot a morning some months ago from the Acropolis hill can make it up!

Although if you read the text, I would really appreciate any kind of comments. All opinions are accepted. You know, democracy!!

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Couleur locale

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Hey all! It’s a new week. A hectic one. Not only for me, but the whole Greece as well. A referendum has been announced and the propaganda is massive. So me and my friends felt the need to talk about it. We talk a lot about politics! But it was Saturday and we were all so bored of staying indoors to study the whole week thus we decided to have a drink. This is how I went to this roof garden bar for the first time in my life. It’s really well hidden. And I felt in love with this place and this is why I want to share some images I took with you!

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Oh, and just look at the Acropolis’ view from up there!!

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P.S: I was thinking that my next post should be about the greek crisis and the way the greek society experiences it, would you be interested? Let me know on the comment section!

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Almost empty street

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It has been a while since my latest post here. Life goes too fast lately and I feel like I have to run sprints the whole time. It’s not that I have too many things to do. But with what happens with politics and economy lately in Greece, it’s like the disappointment I feel paralyses me. This is really bad, especially now. In fifteen days my exams start and I want to succeed in as many lessons as possible. It’s time to graduate from university. It’s time for me to go on.
So please forgive me if I don’t post a lot here for the next one and a half month! Although, you can follow me on instagram (@thedreamerblog) for daily updates!!
About the image now. It’s hard to count how many times every week I cross this street. Till last time I never thought to take a photo. But, last time I walk through it was empty. If you have ever been to Athens centre you know that traffic jam is an understatement. So I got the chance and stood in the middle of the street and here it is! A beautiful day in my city!!

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