Crete

I had my first encounter with Crete in the early 1990s. Together with my old friend Georg, a painter who owned a small fisherman's house in Matala in southern Crete, I was able to gradually experience the peculiarities but also the beauty of this island.
Georg, who could also have been my father, told many stories and anecdotes. From the days when Matala was still an unspoiled fishing village, through the invasion of the hippies, rock
Stars like Joni Mitchell, who lived there, up to the modern aera with tourists and Clubhotels.
What solidified for me was the rough area, the rocky coast with its roaring surf. The mountains, villages, olive groves, sheep, the silence and the unbroken hospitality of the Cretans. A human blow that only exists once in this world.

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Bay of Matala, Crete, Greece - Noblex 135 U, Ilford SFX, redfilter, developed in ID-11, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED.

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Red Beach close to Matala

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Maquis shrubland at the southcoast of Crete close to Matala. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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Rocky South Coast of Crete close to Matala. This is my haunt where I come again and again to refuel energy. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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A shady place to rest at archeological excavation of Phaestos in the South of Crete. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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A hugh boulder in the mediterranean sea close to Matala, Crete, Greece. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Rocks and boulders at the south coast of Crete close to Matala. One of my favorite places here - if you sit down there and listen ....you can feel the power of this place. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Dramatic clouds at the south coast of Crete close to Matala. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα (The look of Odysseus) is a series of pictures, which I made during long stays on the greek island Crete. Together with my old friend Georg, an artist painter, which had a house in Matala, me and my family had have wonderful hours here at this place. You can feel the power at any angle here. My old friend died last February and this series of pictures is a hommage to this great man, life artist and art painter. I made this picture, which shows a gate to give some shelter for goats and sheeps not to shut down in the sea in front of a dramatically sky with a Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Planar 2,0/110mm, Ilford Delta 400, developed with ID-11, delution 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα (The look of Odysseus) is a series of pictures, which I made during long stays on the greek island Crete. Together with my old friend Georg, an artist painter, which had a house in Matala, me and my family had have wonderful hours here at this place. You can feel the power at any angle here. My old friend died last February and this series of pictures is a hommage to this great man, life artist and art painter. I made this picture with a Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon 4,5/38mm, f stop 5,6, exposure time ca. 2 hours, Kodak Colornegative film ASA 400, converted to b & w, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. You can also see my picture Kreta223. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα (The look of Odysseus) is a series of pictures, which I made during long stays on the greek island Crete. Together with my old friend Georg, an artist painter, which had a house in Matala, me and my family had have wonderful hours here at this place. You can feel the power at any angle here. My old friend died last February and this series of pictures is a hommage to this great man, life artist and art painter. I made this picture, which shows a part of the Southcoast of Crete, where according to legend Zeus begat Europe in a cave, with a Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon 4,5/38mm, Ilford Delta 400, ID-11, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα (The look of Odysseus) is a series of pictures, which I made during long stays on the greek island Crete. Together with my old friend Georg, an artist painter, which had a house in Matala, me and my family had have wonderful hours here at this place. You can feel the power at any angle here. My old friend died last February and this series of pictures is a hommage to this great man, life artist and art painter. This picture shows goat skulls and thistles on the wall inside of my friends house in Matala. A nice still life which I made with a Hasselblad Flexbody, Zeiss Planar 2,8/80mm, Ilford Delta 400, ID-11, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα (The look of Odysseus) is a series of pictures, which I made during long stays on the greek island Crete. Together with my old friend Georg, an artist painter, which had a house in Matala, me and my family had have wonderful hours here at this place. You can feel the power at any angle here. My old friend died last February and this series of pictures is a hommage to this great man, life artist and art painter. This picture is made directly at the water front when the waves come with such a power that you become awesome. Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon 4,5/38mm, Ilford Delta 100, Ilford ID-11, dilution 1:3 All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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Το βλέμμα του Οδυσσέα (The look of Odysseus) is a series of pictures, which I made during long stays on the greek island Crete. This picture shows my old friend Georg, an artist painter, at work in front of his fisher house in Matala village, Crete. Odysseus was a central figure in his work. Georg died this year in February and the series of pictures of the past weeks is dedicated to him. He teaches me a lot and I will miss him. Καλό ταξίδι !! All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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A Cretan woman teeters barefoot in the bay of Matala. Leica M6, M-Summicron 2,0/50mm, Ilford Delta 400, ID-11, sol.1:1. Scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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A Cretan man looks on the bay of Matala on a windy spring day. Leica M6, M-Elmarit 2,8/21mm, Ilford Delta 400, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:1. Scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

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I first came into contact with Crete in the early 90s. Since then I've been there more or less forever. The sea, the landscape but also its inhabitants hold me captive with their aura and I have to return again and again. This picture is made during the winter month in February after a stormy night. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Distagon FE 2,8/50mm, Ilford Delta 100, Ilford ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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I first came to Crete with my old friend Georg, a painter, in the early 90s. We lived in his fisherman's house and he talked about art, painting and times past. I think this has also shaped my way of seeing and taking pictures. The house and life were simple and I came home cleaned every time. Hasselblad Flexbody, Zeiss Planar 2,8/80mm, Kodak PXP, D-76, 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Twins - These two boulders are always an indicator of whether the sea has washed up or brought in a lot of sand.The picture was taken on my favorite beach near Matala, South Crete. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Distagon FE 2,8/50mm, Ilford Delta 400, dev. with ID-11, sol.1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Old clay jug, thistles, feathers and sea urchin tests on the wall of my friend Georg's house. Georg had a fable for such things and they gave the interior something archaic. I took the photo on Polaroid material type 665 and washed the negative straight away in Georg's house in the sink section. Hasselblad Flexbody, Zeiss Planar CF 2,8/80mm, Polaroidfilmmagazine, Polaroidfilm Typ 665, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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A flock of sheep between Pitsidia and Sivas in the hilly olive groves in the south of Crete. Sufficient olives and sheep ensure livelihood for many Cretans. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss APO-Tessar 5,6/350mm, Kodak TP 25, TP developer, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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No school no job - sad truth for many people in Greece. Stavros Manoulakis and his grandson Dimitrios at the Moires market in the south of Crete. Stavros has been selling its wonderful cheese for decades. The currency changeover from drachmas to euros doesn't affect him. He weighs and his scales show drachmas. He then uses a calculator to calculate the price in euros. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Planar FE 2,0/110mm, Ilford HP5, dev. with ID-11, sol.1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Οι αθάνατοι - The immortals - this is how agaves are mostly called in Greece. This is an agave skeleton, reduced to the essentials by wind and weather. I found it at Georg's house and hung it on his shutter to take pictures. Hasselblad flexbody, Zeiss Planar 2,8/80mm, Polaroidmagazine, Polaroidfilm Type 665. Scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description.

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Carcass of a dog that was washed up from the sea into the bay of Matala on a stormy night. Life and death are sometimes very close together at the sea. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Distagon FE 2,8/50mm, Ilford Delta 400, dev.with Ilford ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description.

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Breaking of waves at the southern coast of Crete close to Matala. This place is one of my haunts and I love to sit here for hours and look at the horizon. Hasselblad Flexbody, Zeiss Planar CF 2,8/80mm, Agfa Pan 25, developer unknown (probably Rodinal), scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Tired from the long market day in Mires in southern Crete, Nikos is waiting to come back to his village. Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon C 4,5/38mm, Ilford HP5, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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The rock - This rock is so dominant on the rocky coast near Matala and I went back to it every time. When the surf thunders down on its flanks, you can feel very scary. Hasselblad SWC/M Zeiss Biogon C 4,5/38mm, dev. probably with Rodinal, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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The chat - Two old friends from Moires, a small town in southern Crete, talk about this and that while the weekly market takes place. Hasselblad SWC/M Zeiss Biogon C 4,5/38mm, Ilford HP5, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Άλως γύρω από τον Ήλιο - is an optical phenomena produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. I saw this while I was on one of the beaches near Matala. Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon C 4,5/38mm, Kodak TriX 320, D-76, sol. 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Annoúla and Maria at the farmer's market in the township Moires offers their delicious cabbage. The cretan cabbage is very soft and tender and and can be processed into a variety of delicacies. Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon C 4,5/38mm, Ilford HP5, ID-11, dil. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Rainclouds over the Libyan Sea close to Matala in the south of Crete. In times of the end of winter and commig spring there are very often strong wind sometimes storm floods. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Planar FE 2,0/110mm, Kodak TP, dev. with Formulary TD-3 Technical Pan developer, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Cretan people in township Moires are waiting for the bus to their villages. After the saturday market wich is well known in the area they are tired from stress of bargaining. Hasselblad SWC/M, Zeiss Biogon C 4,5/38mm, Ilford HP5, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Roaring sea at the rocky coast on a windy spring day close to Matala. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Planar FE 2,0/110mm, APX 25, dev. with Rodinal, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Market day in township Moires in the south of Crete. The market has different sections. There are household articles, clothes, fruits and vegetables, fish and small animals like chicken and rabbits. The market is well known and is warded every saturday. People com from their villages to shop but also to exchange news. Hasselblad SWC/M Zeiss Biogon 4,5/38 mm, Ilford HP5, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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I first came into contact with Crete in the early 90s. Since then I've been there more or less forever. The sea, the landscape but also its inhabitants hold me captive with their aura and I have to return again and again. This picture is made during the winter month in February after a stormy night. When I saw this motif coming down from a slope, I raised my hand and said: STOP - so that nobody would run around in the smooth sand. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Distagon FE 2,8/50mm, Ilford Delta 100, Ilford ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Ψάρια φρέσκο - fresh fishes at the market in Mires in southern Crete. Buying fish is always an experience, especially when the retailer puts more on the scales than you want. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Planar CF2,8/80mm, Ilford HP5, dev. with Ilford ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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I took most of my pictures in Crete with my Leica. Quick, short sketches with little effort. In this way, thousands of negatives were created. This picture of the so-called "Red Beach" was taken with a Leica M6 and the Elmarit-M 2,8,28mm, Kodak Technikal Pan, dev. with Formulary TD-3 Technical Pan developer, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Kostas comes to this small liqueur store every day to have a coffee and some small talk. Leica M6, Summilux- M 1,4/35mm, Ilford Delta 400, ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed!

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Everyday life in the small township Mires (Μοίρες) in the South of Crete. I captured this scene with a Leica M6, 2,0/35mm lens and Ilford Delta 400, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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... sings the wind and the sea - offshore wind at the Libyan Sea close to Matala taken from the Red Beach. Leica M6, Elmarit-M 2,8/90mm, Ilford Delta 100, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed!

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Jannis the eye of the law keeps a small talk in a kafenion in Sivas village. Leica M6, M-Summicron 2,0/50mm, Ilford Delta 100, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Have also a look at my Crete album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Weird shaped stones and a dramatic sky at the rocky coast close to Matala in the south of Crete. Leica M6, Elmarit-M 2,8/28mm, Ilford SFX 200, redfilter, Ilford ID-11, sol. 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed!

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A group of Cretan men in front of a tavern in township Moires while relaxing doing nothing. Leica M6, Summilux-M 1,4/35mm (ltd. edition), Kodak TMY 400, dev. with D-76, sol. 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed!

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Faded inflorescences of artichokes from previous year near of Pitsidia Village. Leica M6, Summicron 2,0/50mm, Kodak TMY 400, dev. with D-76, sol. 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed!

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Countrywomen from the mountain villages at the market in township Moires. Leica M6, Summilux -M 1,4/35mm (ltd. ed.), Ilford Delta 400, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3; scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed!

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Bay of Matala with a dramatic cloudy sky. According to legend when Zeus seduced the princess Europa in the form of a white bull, he crossed the sea and brought her to the beach of Matala. There he changed into an eagle and flew her to Gortys where he had sex with her. Leica M6Tit., Elmarit-M 2,8/21mm, Kodak Technical Pan 25ASA, dev. with Formulary TD-3 Technical Pan developer, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Two Cretan men in front of a tavern in township Moires while relaxing and drinking a cup of greek coffee. Leica M6, Summilux-M 1,4/35mm (ltd. edition), Kodak TMY 400, dev. with D-76, sol. 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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Snail shells in file, collected and arranged from my son when he was a child in an age of five or six years. Leica M6, Summicron-M 2,0/50mm, Ilford Delta 100, dev. with ID-11, sol. 1:3, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed! Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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For the time being, this is my last upload of my Crete series. It shows my son when he was in an age of five or six years and my old friend George when he tries to ignite his Petromax lamp. It was everytime a spectacle and my son is watching it with excitement. Leica M6, Summilux-M 1,4/35mm ashp.(ltd. ed), Ilford XP2, dev.with XP2dev., scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed! Please have also a look at my Creta album and the description. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.