Seeing Beyond in Santorini

It is very easy to see the luxury villas and hotels stepping up and down the steep hillsides here, like snow blanketing the brown landscape, but I came to Santorini to find a different type of photograph. The architecture provides such an incredible opportunity to find graphic compositions of shadows, shapes, and forms, and color and black and white are superb here! You’ll see pics of those soon!

While walking around looking for those kind of photographs, I couldn’t help but notice all the Asian girls, mostly Chinese, I believe, who were posing in wedding gowns. Many had been married back home but were now on their honeymoon and the girls wanted to have their pictures taken in their dresses in this iconic location, I’m told for Instagram posting. They are everywhere here, around any corner, you will unexpectedly find a girl posing in her dress, her husband (or soon to be husband) dutifully snapping away. It’s not just the brides, though; many women, dressed as if going to a wedding or a ball, are standing on rooftops, posing, like supermodels, while their men make their pictures. I won’t comment on all of that, but it has been fun to try and capture some of those moments, along with other scenes I am actually seeking! This church and bell tower were pretty enough, but who could resist the brilliant red dress of the bride (and in this case her groom) on a rooftop near the dome? I positioned myself to line up the cross on the gate with the back wall as best as it would fit, to complete the composition. 


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  1. Christos October 23, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    your photos make me wanna go there, here is a weather guide of the island for fellow travellers

    • Brenda Tharp October 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      Seems to me you already live there? Or at least live in Greece…thanks for the weatherguide link.

  2. wendy October 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Serendipity! Love this shot with perfect composition!

    • Brenda Tharp October 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

      Thank you! There is a lot here when you get past drooling over the hot tubs overlooking the ocean, haha.