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Lanterns

Taken outside the Grand Master’s Palace at the top of the Street of the Knights in Rhodes Old Town, Greece on 3 October, at midnight. I much prefer the place late at night, off season. Fewer people and less noise make for greater atmosphere.

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St. George

The church of St Mary of the Castle (Our Lady of the Castle) faces up Ippoton (the Street of the Knights) in Rhodes Old Town. Now a museum, it has had an interesting past. It dates back to the eleventh century, when it was the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Rhodes. By 1322 (when it was mentioned in a Papal Bull of Pope John XXII), it had become the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Mary. After 1522, the building was used for Islamic worship as the ‘Enderum Cami’.

I visited recently, alone in the building apart from an attendant in heated discussion with her mother on the phone. The structure has both a light and airy aspect, and an air of peace and calm (despite the best efforts of said attendant). It wasn’t my first time visiting and won’t be my last – the place appeals to me. To mark St George’s Day, I took these two photographs of the work of unattributed seventeenth century artists.

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Blue Views

19:00 on 05-09-2017.

The blue light at dusk, as seen through the windows of the Auberge de France, overlooking Ippoton (Rue des Chevaliers or Street of the Knights), Rhodes Old Town, Greece.

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Worldly Things.

Another summer evening at the Agence Consulaire de France in Rhodes Old Town. (My previous visit – here) This time to view Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, an exhibition of work by Nikos Papadimitriou and Christos Tsoumplekas. I enjoyed the work of both artists, but have to say the tactile humour and empathy of Tsoumplekas’ sculptures won me over. Needless to say, I was also happy to be back at the Agence Consulaire and even happier that I was able to view alone. That done, I spent the rest of the evening sharing a bottle of KirYianni Samaropetra and dinner with friends, before heading home to take the dogs for a walk. All worldly things must pass, after all…
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A Light Night

Agence Consulaire de France
Cosmopolitan #1
Panayiotis Skouloukas
Stelios Kalisperis
Stelios Kalisperis
Magdalene Kourti
Magdalene Kourti
Levels of light
Ippoton – the neighbourhood
Ippoton – the neighbourhood
Ippoton – the neighbourhood
Sunset over Mandraki
Evening in Mandraki
One day, one week in May, dodging guided tours on a walk down Ippoton in Rhodes Old Town to meet a friend for coffee, I caught sight of a flyer by the door of the Agence Consulaire de France. Advertising ‘Le Voyage de la Lumiere’, an exhibition of photo and video art inside, it was definitely my kind of thing. To be honest, I’ll use any excuse to gain access to that building (I like it so much). So, armed with this one, I resolved to return on Saturday evening and did. The three artists featured were Magdalene Kourti, Stelios Kalisperis and Panayiotis Skouloukas. I preferred their work in that order; video installations are a favourite of mine and Kourti’s was well-executed. Kalisperis’ photographs were highly evocative and (sometimes too) neatly composed. Skouloukas’ work I enjoyed on a superficial level, but I found it too contrived for my taste. The while, Ippoton remained busy with tour groups and gypsy children, the Consulate remained an oasis of calm – perfect viewing conditions in fact. Viewing completed, I walked out of the Old Town to Mandraki harbour, where I watched the sunset from the Kon-Tiki floating restaurant over a couple of Cosmopolitans. A night where the light definitely had it.