Temple of Apollion

justineb

Sydney, Australia

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“If you head up to Apollion’s Gate, on that headland over there, at about 6pm, you’ll see a really nice sunset” our skipper said. That’s the thing about the Greek Islands, all the sunsets are really nice. Beautiful and stunning, in fact.

But a sunset with Greek ruins? I’m there! My tour buddies and I obediently headed to the ruins of the Temple of Apollion, along with what seemed like the rest of the tourists in Naxos. We scrambled up the hill rushing to beat the sun from dipping into the ocean, leaving us in blackness – and without a decent photo. As the ruins were fenced in, the hordes of tourists zigzagged the many paths, jostling and shoving to try and get that ‘perfect photo’; the red sun, nearing the horizon, perfectly framed by the ruins. Without anybody else in the picture of course.

Cries of ‘it’s too dark!’, ‘Move!’, ‘Turn off the flash then!’, ‘It’s almost gone’ were heard as the headland of tourists concentrated more on their technology than on nature’s wonderful event occurring in front of us. I took many shots; black and white, flash on and off, sunset positioned in the gate (oops I got that girl’s head), posing with tour buddies, etc etc.

Much later, when doing the mandatory end-of-the-day digital photo review, I discovered this image. The best shot I took, without even intending it. I love how it captures the sheer size of the Greek ruins, the last seconds of sunlight, and the tourists, who seem still and statuesque like the Greek sculptures themselves. The little tourists seem so insignificant besides a grand structure from an ancient world, and a peaceful day’s end.

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