What can you do when you have travelled halfway around the world to get photos of the famous Parthenon on top of the Acropolis only to find it is being restored. Nothing to be done but 'embrace the scaffolding' and enjoy the extra element it brings to the place
Lines and more lines
I'm so glad that we waited until the late afternoon to climb the Acropolis, not just to avoid the worst of the heat but to get these lovey shadows as the sun was low in the sky.
The rocky ground that makes the Acropolis gives an almost other worldly feel to the landscape. The temple of Erechtheion breaks up the stark and barren landscape. Black and white accentuated the textures and contrasts.
Boulders in context
I was actually just wanting a photo of the often overlooked flattened boulders at the base of the pillars but they needed context, so the pillars made it into the final cut. It just looked better in black and white, well to me it did anyway.
Pillar with Graffiti
I don't condone graffiti even if it is ancient graffiti but I do like the pattens and shadows the writing makes from being chiselled into the curves of the ancient pillars.
Curves and more curves
The bases of these strong linear pillars finish at the bottom with beautiful curves and patterns.
The 3 randoms
It's not hard to see that these three pillars, or the remains of them, were not originally in this position side by side but now they will remain that way for a long time to come. Something about the randomness of those three together I love.
Towering over the city
As the light begins to fade it changes the city below the Acropolis from a grey white mass of jumbled buildings to a warm golden glow that softens the background.
Details of the pillars
I just loved the shadows created as the light was shining in from behind and bringing up all the details.
I know these pillars have been standing for along time but...
There's something magical about the sun setting on ancient structures such as these, they were made for it!
We were one of the last people off the acropolis as they close right at the best time of the evening for taking photos, that 'golden hour' before the sun goes down. It was worth being rounded up and herded off, just to get that last shot