I had the pleasure recently of visiting Athens with some of the TBEX team on a pre-conference recce. I was particularly excited for two reasons – one, I’ve never been to Athens before, and two, I knew I was going to be coming back here later on in the year to teach some photography.
You can’t visit Athens without at least noticing the Acropolis, given how this hill sits in the centre of the city and jumps into the corner of your eye at every occasion. I popped up here on a tour which gave me enough of an impression to realise I needed to come back under my own steam at a quieter time of day, if such thing exists, and take pictures at a slightly more leisurely pace. That, or find a hotel room with a spectacular view…
Sailing the seas
Greece has had its fair share of water based history, and any trip to the country should involve some time on the water, ideally exploring some of the many islands. I just had a brief day trip out on the sea here, enough to get the wind in my hair, and appreciate the views of Athens, including this shot of the old harbour of Athens.
Like any major city, Athens has some impressive markets. Whilst the meat market was not for the squeamish, the nearby markets selling spices and herbs were more stomach friendly. I loved the colours of these assorted spices.
The old stuff
Athens is where pretty much all the stuff we take for granted – democracy, philosophy, triangles – got itself going. It’s been around for a good long while, and has plenty of old stuff to admire, both stuffed into the museums, and, well, everywhere else too. These statues were outside the library, with a god looking rather threateningly at a philosopher.
The newer stuff
There might be a lot of old stuff, but Athens doesn’t feel stuck in the past. There’s street art and modern art, plus of course a lively cafe scene and splendid opportunities for eating, drinking and making merry.
The beaches and coastline
Finally, Athens is much more than the city. To the south of the city you’ll find the Athens Rivieria, home to large yachts, stunning beaches (some private, some not), and rather handy sunset spots, such as this one I found below. If you have a chance, I can recommend getting out of the city and exploring the coastline a bit!
All in all, Athens is a fine place for a visit, and an even better place to wander with a camera – there’s so much variety on offer in terms of things to shoot, from temples to street scenes, sunsets to cityscapes. Something for everyone – I hope to see you there!
Author Bio: A photographer, writer and traveller, Laurence has spent much of the last five years on the road, documenting his journeys and adventures at his popular travel and photography blog: Finding the Universe, which he runs with his partner Vera. He is also a founding member of Lightmoves Creative, a photography firm which offers bespoke photography and learning opportunities to brands and individuals.
Laurence will be leading a 2-day photo workshop at TBEX Athens, along with Daniel Nahabedian, as well as speaking about monetizing your photography.