Interesting meeting

Interesting meeting by V-Light

 

Hello my dear friends πŸ™‚

Β  With this photo we close the posts from Thessaloniki. Here we have another interesting meet of different styles of architecture, right in the heart of the city. Maybe the two lovebirds sitting at the bus stop had an interesting meeting as well πŸ˜›

Β  Day 12 of the V-Light Art Sale and we have reached the amazing 57% 😯 I had a little break these last 3 days, relaxing at the sea (photos will be coming up next πŸ˜‰ ) cause running an Indiegogo campaign requires more work than a full time job…There are still 20 days to go, it’s a lot of time but we cannot rest. I’m working on a new video and maybe i’ll also add a new perk…Any shares are always welcome and they do help the campaign to stay higher on the trending list.

Thank you all for your amazing support πŸ˜€

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What time is it?

Beer O'Clock
It’s Beer O’Clock

Hello my friends πŸ˜€

Β  In the Ladadika area of Thessaloniki, it’s always a good time for a beer πŸ˜‰ There are many little bars and taverns for every taste and at night it’s swarming with people. When you are there, you get the sense that you are somewhere else. The low rise colorful buildings and the stone alleyways make you feel like you are not in Thessaloniki. That’s the beauty of the city. There are many little paradises where you can escape the monotonous way of city life…

Β  Day 9 of the V-Light Art Sale and we have reached the crucial 30%! IndieGogo says that once reaching 30% you have 90% more chances or reaching your goal. I like the sound of that πŸ˜€ I have started giving out the Visions E-Book to all the people who claimed a print perk, so you can have something nice to look at until you’ll get your prints, in September. The E-Book alone is at 8$ if anyone is interested, it won’t be available for sale anywhere else. If you get a print you automatically get the E-Book as well πŸ™‚

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I believe in color

Church of  Saints Constantine and Helene
Church of Saint Constantine and Helene

Hello my dear friends πŸ˜€

Β  How is your summer going? I don’t know if you noticed a different look in my latest posts from Thessaloniki but i have been experimenting with a new workflow. I usually shoot with cloudy and dark skies but in my last visit i had to do my best with what i had and that was a crazy sunny day with only a few scattered clouds. When i got back to my village and tried to edit these photos, my usual workflow didn’t do them any justice, so i tried something different. Although i always do 3 bracketed shots so i can make an HDR file if needed, these last photos were all made using a single raw file. The newest camera raw in Photoshop is amazing in recovering shadows, i can tell you that πŸ™‚

Β  This was the darkest exposure of the 3, at -2 stops and i still got great detail in the shadows without getting too much noise. Next i’m using Color Efex Pro adding the amazing detail extractor, pro contrast, skylight filter, darken/lighten center and sunlight for that extra shine. What do you think? Are you liking my last photos? I’m not used into creating such vibrant and colorful images in city landscapes, maybe my mood is reflected in my post-processing cause i am feeling extra bright lately πŸ˜€

Β  Day 7 of the V-Light Art Sale and it’s one of the reasons why i feel so bright πŸ˜€ Your support has been amazing and i truly thank you for that! If you ever wanted a print of my photos now is the perfect time and you’ll get an e-book version of my book Visions as well! πŸ˜‰ Even if you cannot afford a print, consider contributing even 1$ and you will still gain the Artist Supporter perk. Your name along with all the other contributors will be featured into a unique artwork i’ll specifically create for this campaign. It will be displayed on my blog and you’ll be able to download it! I think it’s a nice way for me to say thank you and always remember your support πŸ™‚ Contributions over 1$ automatically gain this perk πŸ˜‰ Just visit the link bellow and show some love β™₯

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Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas

Cathedral of Saint Gregory Palamas by V-Light
A fine example of modern Byzantine art and architecture, located right in the heart of Thessaloniki

 

Hello my friends πŸ˜€

Β  You don’t know how many times i tried to take a photo of this Cathedral and miserably failed. It’s located on a very busy crossroad and it’s impossible to get a clear shot under normal conditions. In my last visit in Thessaloniki, it was too hot for most people to walk around and it was Sunday so anyone who has a car was probably enjoying his bath at a beach near by. So lucky me, finally got a decent photo of this beautiful building πŸ™‚

Β The Cathedral was built in honor of Saint Gregory Palamas who lived in Thessaloniki from 1325 to 1359. It was built in 1914, by the famous architect Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller. On the exact same site there used to be a Basilica built in the last years of the 13th century and in the late 16th century it was established as the Metropolitan Church of Thessaloniki but was destroyed in 1890 after a great fire.

Β  By the way, i always thought that with the palm-trees this looks more oriental than Byzantine. I can envision myself walking in a desert in Maroko and coming across this place πŸ˜› Maybe it’s just a mirage though, i’m kinda thirsty as we speak.

Β  Day 5 of the V-Light Art Sale and we reached 26% of the funding goal! Can we go to 50% now? With your help i’m sure it’s possible πŸ™‚ I really appreciate any shares on social media and if you happen to know any people who like to support artists, maybe they could give some extra help. Thank you πŸ˜€

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Architectural Fusion

Architectural Fusion by V-Light

Β  While doing my favorite thing, which is getting lost in every little alleyway i can find, i came across this view. One of my favorite contrasts is how totally different styles of architecture can co-exist in the same place. Thessaloniki has many such examples, where you can find neoclassic houses next to modern office buildings. There are very few buildings with a glass exterior so when i can find one, i’m a very happy girl πŸ™‚

Β  Day 3 of my Art Sale. If you want a V-Light signed print, now’s your chance! πŸ™‚ Visit the link below to check out all the sweet perks, even 1$ can get you something unique! Even if you cannot contribute anything, just sharing the campaign is greatly appreciated and can help a lot! Thank you πŸ™‚

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Globe Head

Globe Head by V-Light

 

Hello friends πŸ˜€

Β  Continuing my street art posts with another beautiful wall mural in Thessaloniki. This is one of my favorites! I absolutely love the colors and it’s quite impressive in size πŸ™‚ I think i do have some older photos of the whole mural but i cannot find them at the moment, will keep looking for them though πŸ™‚

Β  Yesterday i started my Art-Sale, to fund part of my moving expenses to Austria. It’s already going overwhelmingly well, i couldn’t even sleep from all the excitement πŸ˜€Β  It’s been only 24 hours and i already reached 22% of my funding goal. But we cannot rest, it’s important to gain some momentum in the first days so i can have a better chance of reaching my goal πŸ˜€Β  To do that i’m gonna need all the help i can get, so please keep sharing! πŸ˜€ If you haven’t seen my campaign yet, please visit the link bellow to read all the details and check out the sweet perks πŸ˜‰

http://igg.me/at/VlightArtSale/

it has begun

Thank you for your support πŸ˜€

Rise like a Phoenix

Rise like a Phoenix by V-Light

Β  Beautiful street-art in Thessaloniki, Greece. I wish more buildings would get decorated with such stunning murals. We need to get rid of all that gray…Maybe then we’ll have a chance to rise again…

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Timelapse: Thessaloniki Sunsets

Hello my friends! πŸ˜€

Β  I’ve been feeling extra creative the last few days so i decided to gather some rather old footage and make a timelapse with it. It’s mostly an experiment with tracking and panning within Sony Vegas Pro…I think it can create an interesting result. I will be working on my extra epic sky timelapse now…It takes forever because iΒ  must remove the birds, frame by frame or else you’d be seeing black dots all over the place. Being a perfectionist, i can’t live with that πŸ˜›

Β  Let me know what you think of this timelapse. Any comments are welcome. The quality was greatly degraded because of YouTube, maybe i didn’t choose the best export settings but oh well πŸ™‚

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The Red House

The Red House by V-Light
An abandoned beauty in the heart of Thessaloniki

Β  The so called “Red House” was built in 1926 by architect Gennari and engineer P. Stai on the account of the Loggos family. With four floors and strong influences from Art Nouveau, this house still makes a great impression to whoever passes by. It’s impossible not to notice in the heart of a mainly colorless city. The original design had only three floors but during the construction the owner decided to add one more. The name “Red House” was obviously given due to the red bricks and ceramic elements that were used in the exterior of the house.

Β Β  There are many stories about this building. Who knows which are true, if any… It all started like this: Mr.Loggos was the owner of a huge and very sophisticated textile company in Naousa, which was burned to the ground a few years after the “Red House” was completed. Paradoxically the construction company that built the house, unexpectedly went bankrupt at about the same time. The two incidents were enough to fuel the rumors that the house is cursed. Many people still believe that the house is haunted and that it is responsible for a number of suicides and men going mad. Some even go as far to say that it was inhabited by vampires…

Β  Until recently the house was owned by an old bizarre lady. It’s supposed to have been abandoned for over 30 years now but there have been reports that the old lady was still living inside the house, on the third floor, without electricity and running water. Maybe it was my imagination but i’ve seen some light coming from the third floor on rare occasions. My friends and i used to hang out close to this place and the house was visible from where we were sitting. Maybe the old lady was inside, walking around with a candle…or maybe one beer too many made us see lights where they didn’t exist πŸ˜›

Β  As with many of the abandoned buildings in Greece, this one has a crazy story when it comes to the law. In 2007, the then Minister of Culture issued an order to demolish it, even though it’s in great standing condition. Thankfully it didn’t go through and the next Minister of Culture canceled that order. I read somewhere that the house was recently put for sale and a rich private individual has bought it and plans to bring it back to its old glory. Let’s just hope he won’t stumble upon the ghost of the bizarre old lady and the vampires that haunt the house…

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The Rotunda of Galerius

The Rotunda of Galerius by V-Light
Path leading to the Rotunda, right next to the Arch of Galerius

 

Β  The Rotunda is a massive circular structure with a masonry core that used to have an oculus like the Pantheon in Rome. It has gone through multiple periods of use and modification as a polytheist temple, a Christian basilica, a Muslim mosque, and again a Christian church (and archaeological site).

The Rotunda of Galerius II by V-Light
The Rotunda is also known as the Church of Agios Georgios

 

Β  The cylindrical structure was built in 306 AD on the orders of the tetrarch Galerius, who was thought to have intended it to be his mausoleum. It was more likely intended as a temple; it is not known to what god it would have been dedicated. Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotunda.

Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. Source: www.greeka.com
Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. Source: www.greeka.com
Eventually, Galerius died in 311 AD and he was buried in Felix Romuliana, modern Serbia. In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine emperor Constantine I converted it into an Orthodox church and many frescoes were painted inside, some of which survive today on the walls of Rotonda. Source: www.greeka.com

The Rotunda has a diameter of 24.5 m. Its walls are 6.3 m thick, which is why it has withstood Thessaloniki’s earthquakes. The walls are interrupted by eight rectangular bays, with the south bay forming the entrance. A flat brick dome, 30 m high at the peak, crowns the cylindrical structure. In its original design, the dome of the Rotunda had an oculus, as does the Pantheon in Rome.

The Rotunda of Galerius - Minaret by V-Light
The preserved minaret from its use as a mosque

 

In the 14th century, the Ottomans occupied Thessaloniki and in 1590, the Rotonda was converted into a mosque. In fact, a minaret was added to the building that has been restored and survives till today. Source: www.greeka.com

Β  The structure was damaged during an earthquake in 1978 but was subsequently restored. As of 2004, the minaret was still being stabilized with scaffolding. The building is now a historical monument under the Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture, although the Greek Orthodox Church has access to the church for various festivities.

The Rotunda of Galerius III by V-Light

Β  The Rotunda is the oldest of Thessaloniki’s churches. Some Greek publications claim it is the oldest Christian church in the world, although there are competitors for that title. It is the most important surviving example of a church from the early Christian period of the Greek-speaking part of the Roman Empire.

Source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_of_Galerius_and_Rotunda)

 

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