Let me start by saying that I have NOT taken this picture! It was taken by my grandfather, somewhere around 1930, in a village called Milies, close to Volos, Greece. As my grandfather died long before I was born, I know very little else about it.
I remember seeing this picture as a kid, hanging on the wall at my grandmother’s house before it was demolished in the ‘80s. This is a shot of my grandfather’s original 24×30 mounted print:
When I recently scanned all my grandfather’s stereoscopic 6×13 glass plates, I came across the original – well, close to the original, as this would have been produced from the same negative as the printed version. I have not found the original negative yet. This also gave me the information about the location:
Starting from the 6×6 scanned plate, I have tried to reproduce it here, staying as faithful to my grandfather’s printed interpretation as I could, including the toning and the various bits of retouching that he did on the printed version.
I am biased of course – this was my grandfather after all – but find that this 80 year old picture, easily puts a lot of our more modern work to shame. I think that the composition,. the lighting, the detail, and the atmosphere it creates, are just excellent!