In 1977 I embarked on a summer trip encompassing the islands and mainland of Greece that included a sojourn to Italy and Egypt. These photos were originally photographed with color slide film and color negative film that was processed upon my return to Chicago. In many ways they are more beautiful in black and white which is my first love. To process the film in the darkroom and print the photos in an enlarger with chemical developers gives the photographer more control and is considered a more purist way to engage the viewer. Please refer to the original color images included on my website for comparison purposes.
When Margo and I traveled in 1977 it was to experience the backpacking adventures that were enjoyed by the international youthquake of the 1960s and 1970s. No where was off limits. We slept peacefully on the deck of ferry boats with our passports and cash safely stashed away in our sleeping bags. We enjoyed the pensiones with our Greek hosts that cost a mere $3.00 per night in rooms on the upper floors of family homes. Our relatives in Athens and Saronis and in the villages of Poulithra, Peleta and Kounoupia gave us sanctuary in the century old homes built by my Papou Dimitri Alexander where the original furniture and icons were still on view. The village life was alive and well and can be seen throughout the photos. Because we spent so much time on the ferry boats you will also see many views of Piraeus and other ports of call where travelers visit their patriko spiti (patriarchal home) during the summer months. What could be more beautiful that to travel by on the Adriactic, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas in calm waters in the summer? My diary entries supplement our adventures which are complimentary to the photos and will be added soon. Till then, enjoy!
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