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Patras | Photographer: Enri Canaj

Patras | Photographer: Enri Canaj | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

In the port city of Patras, there are hundreds of immigrants who were deliberately denied the slightest assistance (housing, food, medical care, freedom of movement) -even those that have already been legally recognized as refugees.

Most of them have fled conflicts in Darfur, Afghanistan and Syria, and when they saw the squalid living conditions in Greece, they tried to continue their journey to other countries of the European Union, risking their lives again.

 

Trucks transporting goods between Italy and Greece are the only way to access the ferry linking the two sides. The increasing militarization of Greek ports forces immigrants and asylum seekers to improvise the most unlikely and risky maneuvers in order to hide in the basement of a truck.

These people have left their countries thinking that Greece would be a short station in their trip to Italy, France or Germany. But, six years have gone and they still remain in Patras, living all together in an abandoned factory next to the port... - Enri Canaj



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Enri was born in Tirana, Albania in 1980. In 2003 he graduated from Leica Photographic Academy. He worked as an advertising photography assistant while pursuing his own projects .

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The holy mountain | Photography : Travis Dove

The holy mountain | Photography : Travis Dove | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

I felt exhilarated and terrified at the same time, but managed to calm myself down by getting to work. Several emails, a few phone calls and a couple of minor miracles later, I had virtually unprecedented access (for a journalist) to a tiny peninsula in Northern Greece called Mount Athos. Mount Athos is a semi-autonomous monastic state and the spiritual center of the Orthodox Christian faith. In many ways the place has not changed since the middle ages, and it has been off limits to women for more than 1000 years. When it was all said and done, I had spent about 10 weeks in the monasteries and homes of the monks there, including Christmas and Easter.

 

 

The Simonos Petras monastery 800 feet above the Aegean Sea.

One of my favorite pictures from this story is an image of two monks sitting on the beds in their modest cell. This simple image took more work than any other picture in this story. Monks go to Mount Athos in an effort to remove themselves from the outside world and devote themselves completely to God. It is counter intuitive for them to cooperate with the media. I was rejected by more subjects in Mount Athos than my entire photography career combined. I wanted to photograph the monks of Mount Athos with a level of intimacy that I hadn’t seen before, but most monks wouldn’t let me raise my camera, much less camp out in their bedroom. I had a hunch that persistence would pay off, and eventually it did. The two monks in this picture have shared the same room for more than 50 years, and after multiple visits to their home and several chats over Greek coffee, they allowed me to share the room with them for two nights. It was the most rewarding period of my trip to the Holy Mountain.

 

-Travis Dove, National Geographic Stock photographer

 

Complete article of these photographies : http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/12/athos/draper-text

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