Several times while displaying my images here in America, people have commented on the blue doors in some of my Mediterranean scenes, and asked if I’ve “painted them in.” No, there’s no need – people on Greek islands just like having blue doors. Sometimes I just take out all the other color, like I did here, to make the blue stand out more.
Kayakoy, in the Mediterranean hills of southwest Turkey, was populated until the first part of the 20th century, when changing world events saw all Greeks depart for the western side of the Aegean Sea. Greek settlements like Kayakoy became ghost towns, their religious buildings empty monuments. The Lower Church shown here was built in the 17th century; frescoes of saints and carved crosses preside over crumbling plaster and a congregation long gone.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-400, f/10, 1/15 sec. (handheld, 18-200 Canon IS lens @ 18 mm)
Departing from the theme here a little bit because this is not really Anatolia. It’s not actually Turkey either – this picture was taken on the Greek island of Castellorizo, just off the Turkish coast, which the Turks call Meis. The town and especially the harbor are beautiful – this view looks down the harbor street on the left side. Still, when we visited in early May it was a ghost town and before noon not a single cafe was open. All to be found on the streets was a few fisherman and some lonely blue Greek architecture.
Departing from the Anatolian theme here a bit: Castellorizo (or Meis to the Turks) is a tiny Greek island sitting just a few miles off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. I found these flowers growing against a whitewashed stone wall a couple of streets back from the harbor. The texture, randomly enough, is a closeup of a page from an old Jewish hymnbook I found in a desk somewhere.