new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


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'you're an interesting species. an interesting mix. you're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. you feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. see, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.'
— carl sagan, contact

the sun just set, at saronida, greece. it's on the map.

©2010 helen sotiriadis


  1. We are an interesting species indeed, but very uneven in our quest for improving the human condition.

    Now compare Carl's saying(s) to the mummified sayings of holy people, like:

    «Όλα αυτά τα 88 χρόνια» σημείωσε ο κ. Βαρθολομαίος «η ακοίμητος καντήλα της μνήμης και ευλάβειας προς τη Σουμελιώτισσα έκαιε και επότιζε και καθοδηγούσε την πορεία όλων των Ποντίων, όλων των Ρωμιών, όλων των ορθοδόξων που έλεγαν στην προσευχή τους ‘Σουμελά μας Παναγία, την εικόνα σου εγώ, τη σεπτή και την αγία έρθα για να προσκυνώ’».

    How do you deal with the whole country's obsession with Δεκαπενταυγουστο?

  2. i find that the entire country's obsessed about it, but in different ways.

    there are those that stick to the religiosity of it, but most are simply happy to have the time off to rest. it's kinda like christmas... i enjoy the secular it's-too-hot-to-work-let's-sleep aspect.

    greece is a very frustrating place to live in, but especially now, when there seems to be even greater insecurity and cynicism. there is an immorality that pervades every aspect of public -- and personal --life and the church is so entangled in the hypocrisy and corruption that abounds that i'm repeatedly amazed how it feels it can proclaim and orate its values to us.

    personally, i ignore it as best i can.

  3. I try to understand why people stick with an institution that has failed them in so many ways. It's obvious that the "holy men" are often worse than the "average" person. It's not only the bad individual apples but the church orchard produces toxic fruit.

    I think fear and insecurity has a lot to do with it. It can't just be ignorance alone. Like an abusive relationship that lasts...

  4. fear, insecurity... and a whole lot of apathy

  5. This image does remind me of that movie. It is a neat movie, I have to watch it again soon.