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In the fall of 2005 I traveled through the Greek Islands. I walked to a lot of small country chapels where I found Icons and many works of original folk art, many in a state of disrepair. I got into a flow of photographing the ones that really caught my eye, many at night by candlelight.

This was a venerated image in a large church on the island of Kea. I was amazed at the reflections in the glass that covered it and took this shot.

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  • Avalone
    Avaloneabout 4 years ago

    This is amazingly beautiful and ethereal Blake. I love icons and have painted a few in my time. This is so wonderfully done with the light coming through the windows. x

  • Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment very much!

    – Blake Steele

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Blake- wow! How incredible this is.

  • Thanks Rosie!

    – Blake Steele

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    oh my

  • Thanks Lisa. I went to Oslo and my hands didn’t shake even though I was not on-line here at the Bubble for 3 days. Is this a good sign? I think it is. :)

    – Blake Steele

  • annamora
    annamoraabout 4 years ago

    yes … that’s how it should be :))

  • Thank you so much Anna. Sorry for the delay of response.

    – Blake Steele

  • Albert
    Albertabout 4 years ago

    well done….

  • Thanks Albert… I appreciate it.

    – Blake Steele

  • rafaelvargas
    rafaelvargasabout 4 years ago

    great capture!

  • Thanks so much Rafael. Sorry for the delayed response. Good to you.

    – Blake Steele

  • Tiznar
    Tiznarabout 4 years ago

    I love icons, but this has such a direct and warm, living feel – unlike the stiff variations. So beautifully done, and how fortunate to have the opportunity to explore these chapels.

  • Yes… I don’t like the Byzantine ones just because they make everyone look so stern, as if becoming liberated was a stern thing. It is interesting that the word salvation in Hebrew means to be made wide open and free. Where are the icons with dancing and laughter? Perhaps we need to make new ones.

    – Blake Steele

  • Tiznar
    Tiznarabout 4 years ago

    I guess if the saints were all cheery and doing their thing they would get no respect! Here’s to “modern icons!”

  • Modern Icons… that really hits a chord with me. I believe we need to make new windows to the spirit that are celebratory and all embracing. Let’s do it.

    – Blake Steele

  • © Andrzej Goszcz,M.D. Ph.D
    © Andrzej Gosz...about 4 years ago
    “Fill me with Your light until I glow with abounding thankfulness~ author {tinhearts}Thank you Blake for your cheerful joy for life …~ smile and warm ( hugs ) a lot(Great lover of SCANDINAVIA) Stockholm .Lofots.cheers…. Andrew from Cracow (PL)..:p
  • Thank you Andrew for your warm words. All good to you and all those fantastic artists and writers of Poland.

    – Blake Steele

  • Tiznar
    Tiznarabout 4 years ago

    This is so funny…I was working on an icon of sorts today, but she isn’t too cheery – must have a deep-rooted thing about those Byzantine ones! Carry on: great idea.

  • yes… how can the one who lives in infinite laughter have stern eyes? Thanks Tiznar. Let me know if you put on a “new icon.” :)

    – Blake Steele

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