When the poets talk of Greece, το φως (“the light”) is a common leitmotif. A simple corollary to το φως is, of course, shadow. Therefore, one would expect quite a bit of Hellenic shadow to accompany this Hellenic light. For most of the year this is true. But, I’m not sure the poets reckoned with a northern Greek winter.
When The Daily Post announced shadow as the theme for its weekly photo challenge, we were heading north from Athens to Thessaloniki. For most of our stay in this wonderful city, it either rained or was overcast. Luckily, on our last day, the weak winter sun appeared in fits and spurts as we wandered around town. Finally, I was able to capture shadows at the cryptoporticus in the Roman agora – an underground arched portico, a kind of ancient subterranean shopping mall.
Rather anaemic shadows could be seen cast on the ground from ruined arches.
Beyond, a section of the cryptoporticus was intact. It was cloaked in shadows – only portions revealed in the weak sunlight seeping through the open archways.
By the time we emerged from the sunken ruins of the forum and headed further into town, clouds had obscured the sky. Shadows were distinctly absent in the modern equivalent of the ancient shopping portico.
Never fear, το φως will be back soon enough and so will the shadows.
Shadow: The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge