Nonetheless a trip to Athens is not a complete without at least day spent in and around this area.
Plaka is the picturesque heart of old Athens – a collection of narrow, winding streets, pretty yellow houses and cafes. It’s the Athens people have in their minds before they arrive, and in many ways it does not disappoint. It is certainly an oasis of space and colour within a city of tall gray offices and apartment blocks. And like other old towns centres across Europe it is where tourists tend to congregate in their thousands. This can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand Plaka always has a vibrant, lively feel to it – on the other, the restaurants and cafes overcharge and you sometimes get the sense that there are more tourists around you than Greeks.
That’s not to say you cannot find some gems hidden in the labyrinthine streets. My personal favourite is a cafe called “Klepsydra” that sits high up in the area, about halfway up to the Acropolis. Tiny tables and chairs spill out from the cafe into the quiet street where you can sit with your freddo cappuccino and watch some of the hundreds of wild Plaka cats wander by.
In many ways Plaka is a paradox. It is incredibly beautiful, yet every single wall is smothered in graffiti; it is illegal to drive there, yet impossible to enjoy a walk without having to move to avoid passing motorbikes. If anywhere deserves to be entirely pedestrianised it’s Plaka, but it falls just short and so never quite becomes the people’s refuge from the city that it hopes to be.
Doug DuBois spent five summers photographing the small neighborhood of Russell Heights in Ireland to capture the essence of coming of age: the inevitable loss of youth and the imminent transition into adulthood. Those four years resulted in his latest book, My Last Day At Seventeen. The book is a visual tale told through a collection of photographs and gives an alternative perspective through a comic narrative around the same subject. This creative combination of two distinct narratives in one book not only works wonderfully in visual terms; it also serves as an essential tool that lets the reader dig deeper into the story being told, making one go back to the book over and over again, yet from a new perspective, every single time.
In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.
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Every year I get the winter blues. I start imagining the feel of the sunrays, ice cold beer after a long summer day, and the endless hours spent on the beach. I have captured moments, memories, and dreams this year, which is my favorite thing to do. This is a short version and visual diary of my year 2014.
My wife and I suffered a family loss in October 2013 so we decided to shift things around and have a celebration of life—a wedding, actually—to associate our loss with the beginning of something positive and memorable. We have been together for nearly 13 years and after getting married, we headed off on a three-month trip to South America and a few other stops to complete a round-the-world loop back to Australia.
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For three months last year, I traveled to 11 cities of eight Southeast Asian countries. My first destination from my hometown of Seoul was Vietnam. After 10 days in Hanoi, I joined a group tour to Sapa, an area known for its hill tribes. This is a photo story of my two days and one night in this remote but vibrant place.
One of the things that make a trip to a far-flung place truly memorable is getting the chance to interact with the locals and share fun moments with them. Five years ago, disdis was able to do exactly that on a trip to Zinguinchor, Senegal, and it goes without saying that it was most certainly one for the books.
Pei Ketron is an incredibly talented photographer based in San Francisco. She was born in Taiwan and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Pei spent her childhood in the deserts in the southwest and spent summers embracing the monsoons of the tropics. She teaches photography on several platforms like Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and The Compelling Image, and has an impressive list of clients including Apple, Adobe and Bloomingdale's. Read on to find out what she has to say about her adventures around the world with the Lomo LC-A 120.
Packing all his essentials in a van, Michael Roy Harris is currently on a road trip around South Africa with his beloved girlfriend before heading to Sri Lanka to exhaust his hard-earned travel fund. To continue exploring the world, he wholeheartedly does all sorts of jobs - from delivering pizza to cleaning barnacles off expensive yachts. In this interview, he shares why the Minolta SRT 201 is the perfect match for his adventurous soul and carefree lifestyle.