White Churches of Oia Village at Sunset, Santorini, Greece #ansharphoto#oia#santorini#greece
February 2017, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 35mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 30 seconds, ISO 100, tripod
To walk the winding streets of Oia was to be continually reminded of the beauty that sometimes comes from tragedy. The island of Santorini is famous for its blue-domed churches, and there’s no denying their charm. The image of chalk-white churches and their blue domes against a clear blue sky is perhaps the quintessential postcard image from Santorini. But as with the island itself, there’s an element of the tragic behind the island’s iconic churches.
Perched high on a caldera cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, Oia was once a village of fishermen, and the lives of fishermen were filled with dangers and uncertainty. The sea that provided for your family could turn deadly; there were no guarantees.
And so the people of Oia did what people have always done in times of distress: they prayed. To keep their husbands, fathers, and sons safe at sea, the families of Oia — the wealthy ones, at least built churches. Year after year, one family after another built churches, many of them named for the saints that the fishermen looked to for protection. The lucky fishermen who returned safely brought all manner of treasure — religious icons, crystal chandeliers — and as a result, the churches of Santorini often house remarkable valuables. Most of Santorini’s churches are still owned by the families who built them; they’ve simply been passed down through the years.
Like the fishermen who made their living in the Aegean and were keenly attuned to its dangers, to live in Santorini is to live with an understanding that the sea is violent, unpredictable. Many of the tourists who come to Oia and take their postcard-worthy photographs of the town’s sugar cube white buildings are unaware that in the not-so-distant past, Oia was nearly wiped from the earth, and that one of the only things keeping the town alive today are the tourists themselves.
Es ist echt verrückt, was in letzter Zeit so abgeht. Anfang des Sommers war ich in Spanien (Mallorca), danach habe ich mein Abi bekommen, bin nach Norwegen gereist, war eine Woche in Italien und heut geht es an die Ostsee 🌊
Was will man mehr. Wo ward ihr dieses Jahr schon?
It was really cool getting to explore this canyon for the first time, but next trip out I’m going to be super extra and do the whole tour in the red dress so I can shoot it in there. Bet it’ll give all the tourists something to talk about💃🏼
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Burning Man is coming in a couple of weeks! 🚶🔥 The art that’s on the playa is simply amazing. I mean where else are you going to find a giant vintage record player 😂😂😂 #burningman
I’m here on the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time and excited to be exploring around the island for a few days.
This was last night’s sunset over the beautiful beach in front of @MaunaKeaHotel.
Check out my stories to see our experience on the boat you see down there.