People Pictures – Greek Island Farmers

When it comes to taking pictures I like doors, statues, balconies and washing lines, Kim on the other hand likes people pictures so I thought I might share a few of them with you.

This one was taken on the Greek Island of Amorgos….

“I would stare out the window at these telephone wires and think, how civilisation had caught up with me and I wasn’t going to be able to escape after all. I wasn’t going to be able to live this eleventh-century life that I had thought I had found for myself.” – Leonard Cohen

As we climbed we passed through what might be loosely described as fields with rows of derelict terraces and dry stonewalls that separated the hillside into equally measured individual plots of land.  Amorgos is mostly inhospitable rock that has been baked hard in the sun for thousands of years but as recently as only fifty years ago people here were scraping away at the thin soil and removing the stones to try and make a living or to feed the family by growing fruit and vegetables.

Amorgians have a history of preserving the past and resisting progress.  There is a sense of collective defiance perhaps explained by the fact that during the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas (1936-41) the island was used as a remote place of exile for political prisoners.

Fifty years ago the island didn’t have electricity, the tarmac roads that link the villages weren’t constructed until the 1990s and the modern ports which today welcome the large ferries are relatively recent additions.  The island has a desalination plant now to provide fresh water but up until 2015 fresh water was shipped in and delivered by tankers.

Go to a bar today in Amorgos and they will serve you a glass of fresh water because they are proud of progress…

Click on an Image to scroll through the Gallery…

27 responses to “People Pictures – Greek Island Farmers

  1. Well, with our revised schedule, and if everything stays in order, we should be reaching Amorgos in about 3 weeks’ time


  2. Lovely images, Andrew! They capture that Greek feeling in spades.


  3. Fabulous gallery. So full of atmosphere.


  4. It does not look like that today, tough times with the fire!


  5. Progress as late as the end of the 20th century….


  6. Good selection of doors


  7. A great set of pictures. You each have a good eye in your own way


  8. Your link goes to the Polish nuns! You found some interesting islands, I have never heard of Amorgos. In fact I have never heard of Evia either, the one with the horrendous fires that’s apparently the second largest island.


  9. Any post that quotes Leonard Cohen has to be doubleplus good.


  10. The photos make me want to travel again Andrew! I laughed at the three butt shot. Or maybe it was two butts and an ass. Grin. –Curt


    • I yearn to travel again Curt but I guess I may need to be patient for a little while longer.


      • I know how much a part of your life it is, Andrew. We are keeping happy with wandering in the US. Peg’s brother John has made it to Uzbekistan after brief stops in England and Turkey. But it has been a major pain in the tail. Our neighbor enjoyed a month in Greece without too many headaches. –Curt


  11. Beautiful photographs. Number six would look stunning enlarged and framed on a wall, if the man was removed from the image. I also love the blue chairs and the sleeping cat.


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