I don’t have just one favourite photo for 2017; I have many of them from a memorial holiday last September to Western Macedonia and Epirus. But, not wanting to go down the route of showing a slew of holiday snaps, I chose one. Technically one plus a close-up. It celebrates both that Northern Greek holiday and the current holiday season, It is a photograph of an icon that caught my eye for its simplicity and subtle colours. The Kastoria Byzantine Museum had also done a great job with the lighting and the mounting on a neutral dark grey background, designed to show the rough wood and contrasting and scared gesso painting at its best.
It depicts the friendly face of the white haired and bearded Ayios Nikolaos or Saint Nicolas, the patron of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers and students. He was also noted for his numerous miracles and for his habit of secretly giving gifts to those most in need.
Wishing a very happy holidays to all!
2017 Favorites: The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.
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See my Photo Album: Greece for more photographic posts from Western Macedonia and Epirus.