Impressions of Lefkara

Just 40 minutes away from Nicosia and well worth a day trip you can find the picturesque village of Lefkara, set amid white limestone hills (lefka ori means white hills).

Middle Ages Lefkara was a health resort visited by venetian ladies. While staying here they busied themselves with embroidery, which they taught the local women.

One story tells of Leonardo da Vinci supposedly coming to the island in 1481 to order an altar-cloth for Milan cathedral.

So here we go a few images from the morning we spent in Lefkara in its surroundings, starting with a typical ‘tourist image’ of one of the traditional entrances, now restored, and my eldest daughter after I said to her “Please could you sit in front of the door on the steps and SMILE for me???” A message for my photography students ‘Yes, you are right, I taught you not to place your subject bang in the middle of the image unless there is a very good reason for that!’ Unfortunately with kids its often either a photo without them or with them sitting wherever they wish and nicely grinning 🙂

Stunning view over the valley with cherry blossom trees:

Typical embroidery:

The next couple of images are quite interesting. They are two snapshots and a special effect called ‘lomo’ has been applied to them in postproduction. What does ‘lomo photography’ means?

“Lomography is a commercial trademark of Lomographische AG, Austria for products and services related to photography. The 35 mm LOMO LC-A camera employed an unusual lens which produced large amounts of distortion at the edges of the image whilst keeping the centre sharp.

Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Accidents such as over-saturated colors, lens artifacts, and exposure defects are rehabilitated to produce swirly, abstract effects – a trait emphasized by practitioners. Others use the technique to document everyday life, because the small camera size and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage and photo vérité.”

Love this image:

Returning via the Troodos Mountains we stopped at Machairas, one of Cyprus’s most famous monasteries. It rises like a fortress from the mountainside of Kionia, almost 800m above sea level. here are just a couple of images as it’s, unfortunately, forbidden, to photograph within the monastery:

And as a final image a beautiful close-up of a cherry blossom:

Right, and now back to work, a new blog entry soon to be posted about classic family portraiture in the studio. Check it out tonight!


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