The theme of this Photo Walk is the life –through buildings- of a village under the “shadow” of a major city, like Izmir.

Credits: AthanasiosVlitas

This is an old Greek house which now –after the Catastrophe of 1922- is empty and ready to be demolished. We can easily observe that its structure is made for a family. It is closed by a wall that protect not their security but their products (garden etc.).

Credits: SinemXiymaz

On the opposite of the old houses, we face a new reality in which the buildings are made as the ones in the nearby city. They are not made for a family of farmers but of employees in companies and little shops. The wall now protects the safety of the –scared- people!

Credits: Serkan Cinar

In the local market we can notice the aforementioned changes with the most representative way: from small buildings (more “human” I could say) to the huge faceless buildings and in the “middle” the people who seem weak in front of these changes.

Credit: Haris Tomac

At the top of the hill there old mosque stands. The thing I observed here is that it is the only place in a –big- village that nature seems to have the same importance as the built environment.

Photo: Athanasios Vlitas

We leave the city and we could not let unnoticed the sculpture. It is a common practice around the world to place these “ugly” sculptures in public areas. At least this one spreads… love!


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    Athanasios Vlitas is from the historic city of Sparta in Greece and currently lives and works in Izmir, Turkey. He’s a highly motivated professional who has traveled to many cities for academics like Dublin, London, Stockholm and now Izmir. He also has a varied academic background in Philosophy, History, Law and Heritage. He is interested in European history and is also researching on it. He also likes to volunteer for cultural institutions and NGOs, like teaching Modern Greek to Refugees. He has a humanist approach and his life goal is to be an “interpreter” between the native people and the “newcomers”, namely the refugees and the immigrants.

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