Algis Kemezys

Algis Kemezys
Location
Ste Adele, Québec, Canada
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June 28
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Co-Director
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BAK
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Internationally exhibited Photographer/Documentary filmmaker, Sculptor, Dowser, Scrabble enthusiast, Geomancer, Iatromant, gourmet chef

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Ephesus: A Passage through Time

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           Ephesus (Ephesos; Efes) is arguably the most famous and most significant ancient site of the Mediterranean world, with a history that spans Greece, Rome, Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire. Once a city of a quarter million souls, this five-thousand year old settlement has never been surrounded by a populous modern city (like Rome or Athens), and despite assaults against it by earthquakes and Christian vandals, many of its original buildings (with one notable exception) are in recognizable shape today. It is possible to wander around this marvel of Antiquity and, with little imagination, feel entirely part of a long-forgotten time (were it not for the hordes of visitors stomping every inch of it).


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      Situated near modern-day Izmir, Turkey, Ephesus is home to the frilly, two-story Library of Celsus, a forty-four thousand capacity amphitheater (the largest anywhere), two agoras, an odeon (for recitations), a bouleutherion (City Council), countless smaller temples, triumphant gates, one of the seven great churches of Asia (built by the Byzantines), the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, and the now-totally destroyed (see below), magnificent Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world and in its time the largest temple of the Hellenistic lands.

 

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       Famous citizens of Ephesus include, among many others, Heracleitus (the Dark Philosopher), Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Maximus the Magician, Julian the Apostate (who tried to bring back the ancient gods to Byzantium and paid the ultimate price for his efforts), and the Apostle St. Paul, the grand-daddy of the Catholic Church who kick-started the Christian attack, eventually to be completed by the Byzantine thugs, Emperor Theodosius and his cohort, so-called-Saint John Chrysostom, who notoriously razed the Artemis Temple to the ground for the sake of saving their constituents from idolatry.

 

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      This is my second visit to Ephesus, the first having occurred some thirty-five years ago, when I and the world were much more innocent and I had the site almost entirely to myself. I was mostly ignorant of the history and folklore of the place then, free to weave my own phantasies around it. 

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           Now, somewhat wiser and burdened by too-much knowledge, I approach the ruins with reverence and an active search for its extra-terrestriality. I am looking for the portals to other realities that places like these offer to me. My visit this time around is part of my over-long goodbye to a wondrous winter in this magic land that is embroidered with so much history and such a wealth of artifact, such a profusion of tradition and myth and mystery, it makes me want to fragment into a million pieces and examine all of them in turn, to become one with each story, to understand the inexplicable, to find out where I come from, and maybe, just maybe, where I'm headed.

 

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Words by Byron Ayanoglu

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One final thing to mention here is that more than any other aspect, Ephesus was known as the city of magic. A place where one went to learn and practice this ancient art. This magic had anything to do with the likes of Harry Potter or David Copperfield; it had to with spiritual mysteries like those practiced in Eleusis. The cave of the seven sleepers, is also near-by. See my previous post on Time Travel if you would like to know more about those time travelers.
If you decide to come here be reminded that it is the least crowded in the months of January and February. And if these kind of places tickle your fancy remember that there are a dozen others spectacular places all within 2 hours driving time from this one.
This is indeed a magical tour, so full of history and such astonishing beauty. You always amaze me./r
Christine Geery, Thanks so much and indeed it is. Hope you make it there one day for your penchant to ancient and old things.
If you've answered this before, I apologize, but you must tell us what type of camera you are using! The quality of your photos are stunning!
Shanghai Baby, As it would turn out I am using my resurrected the Canon G11. It was broke from a fall a month or so ago but after visiting the temple of Hecate and posting a story about it , it magically came back into operation. See that post a few back for more info. Thanks again SB!
There was one face that looked like Artemis wasn't totally razed, and didn't she like cats? I seem to remember that from somewhere. Lovely trip that you're on. I would love to see this firsthand. And I have to say, the hordes of visitors made it easier to see into the past, for me.
Algis,excellent work here..It is as though I sρend a day in Eρhesus too...never been there yet..The theater is such a magical stucture...Makes one wonder why these beauties are not built today..So thank you for sharing..so much work in your images...and in the words...Rated with many thanks...
Algis, This took me on a beautiful journey and as always your shots beautiful. Must have been hard to get the ones without people in them. Did you take your cat?
Thanks for sharing this beauty, Algis and Byron...it just feels like I was there. The photos are incredible... :)
One wonders why Paul and his compnion ever wanted Rome after being there.

r.
No shots of the stone mass-occupation toilets?

I was also impressed by the condos.

Beautiful evocative photos - but that purple flower puts to shame all human art...
Beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us. R.
I have known the power of the magic of spiritual mysteries. I have traveled through time. These places all have stories to tell, that can only be heard when one stands among the ruins to feel the energy, to hear the whispers that time can never destroy!
bnzoot. I agree. Simply Beautiful.

You use a 'Kodak' Instant- 60- min?

That camera (still) takes great photos?
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I must confess . . .
Last eve I popped a cork-off a wine jug.
It was to be a gift . . .
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I'll have to replenish by buying some more.
Cheers . . .
It's a 2008
BOUTARI
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Red Wine Of Crete - KRETIKOS -
I noticed the winery is in Greece -
Thessalonika, Greece. (Boutari) -
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The inspiration comes from the site:
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Knossos in Crete - a "Kotsifali" grape.
The grape ripens on the north shore.
The Aegean Sea and fertile coastline:
The bottle label is worth the red wine.

Your photos/words are fit for children.
cc
I'll share. It's not easy getting `out of town.
Thanks again.
No sip any gin.
Be sober minded.
Wasn't St. John exiled here, to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the the 4th book and book of Revelation, and then returned to Ephesus and died?The place of magic, would explain his fantastic visions in Revelation. At least that is one of the legends, others believe he died in Jerusalem.
Stellar photos, Algis. Was that kitty trying to grab your camera? My husband and I were in Ephesus on our honeymoon--brings back fond memories. Thank you.
I have not visited that part of the world. I fly there in my dreams only. Thank you for this exquisite visit. Closing my eyes now to travel.
Its to bad Julian failed but what do they say? If you want anything done right you have to do it yourself. As far as Ephesus is concerned any city that harbored the diseased and highly contagious brain of Paul should have even its ruins razed to the ground and be quarantined eternally. I don’t care how beautiful its statuary is.
I can't think of enough superlatives to say how much I LOVED seeing these pictures.
I love the ancient cities of Turkey.
You are an OS treasure, Algis.
Thanks for sharing this with us. The words fit well Ayanoglu's words fit perfectly with your images.

Btw, I thought the images of the tourists hamming it up next to the statues were hilarious. The cat looks like he is the care-taker and he tired of people taking pictures. LOL.

R
Idolatry! humph. I like magic too. It is there in the rocks. I feel it from your photos. Thank you.
Great ruin, great post, great pics especially the flowers and cat!!
Thanks for another incredibly fascinating and magical tour. I still say your work belongs in one of the big travel publications.
Algis,

Your photographs are stunning!

The ruins in Ephesus were some of the best that I saw when I was traveling in Ancient Greece, which is now Turkey. There was one epitaph near the Gates that was my favorite of the entire trip--a carving of "the pen is mightier than the sword" that I photographed.

I have so many memories of visiting the monasteries there and being required to put on the burlap coverings before we entered to cover up our bare arms and legs. Years later the person I traveled with said the only thing she remembered from visiting Ephesus is that it was an itchy experience. :)
Stunning and informative - thank you for sharing your talent
Spectacular. Thank you for taking on such amazing journeys.
As always I loved this photo essay. It is another window to the ancient. However I also got a kick out of the cat! The cat seems unimpressed!
algis - was there a couple of years ago...mesmerized...and bitter as to how we have regressed from the peak of civilization achieved then and there...thanks for the visual memory.....
I absolutely love your pictures! The face of the little girl in the sun dress is so beautiful. Turkey is one place I do hope to visit one day.
Gorgeous photos. We tend to think we are so 'advanced' as a civilization, that we have evolved, yet looking at these buildings, I don't sense that we imbue much of anything we do these days with this amount of artistic sensibility or patience or time. Makes you wonder if we are advancing as a society or rather morphing into something altogether different....
I clicked on this thinking it was 'Esophagus...A Passage of Thyme (to my stomach, sprinkled on my chicken breasts)'...Boy was I wrong! You got a bunch of old statues and crap here! Who could digest that?...wink
I loved these photos - but though the ruins call to me and make me want to visit more than ever, the best part for me is the way you captured all the tourists in action. We can feel such a fondness for humankind and human nature. And also for cats, of course! :-) Thanks for taking us on another wonderful journey.
Also, the ending lines about breaking into pieces - I loved those, too.
Another treat for the eyes!

Imp 1 is going to Ephesus with friends to celebrate their graduation in June--I am dead envious. Must plan a getaway with FOTI soon.

Love the portraits in sculpture. My old art history teacher once said "individuality in sculpture didn't happen before the Romans" hah!
Another wonderful travel packet. What a gift to all of us! When I was there in 2007 I was frustrated by the huge numbers of tourists and the inability to get photos of the ruins without all kinds of other tourists in them. I saw them as distracting elements. You beautifully incorporated the people into your photos in a way that adds life to your images and makes the connection between distant past and the present. I admire that decision and the way you did it.
I think this is as close as I will ever (probably) come to being there. Thank you.
Algis, your beautiful post brought back many memories for me with the stunning photos. I'm glad you had a second chance to see Efes again and spend an unforgettable time in Turkey. I'm looking forward to it myself one day soon.
R♥
I never made it there in my travels Algis so thanks for the pics and narrative. It's magnificent looking.
Thank you, Algis, for such a fantastic tour. You made my day. Excellent post. R
Lovely! Thanks for the walking tour (and celebrity sighting!), Algis!
Just was in Petra in Jordan, and this reminds me of the same grandeur. I visited Ephesus twice and enjoyed walking amid the ruins and flowers. But don't remember a cat!
Stunning presentation, Algis. I have to go there. A sense of living history, of souls having passed through there rises in the way the miasma heat of day meets your senses. Very compelling. One of my mentors told me, years ago, that Turkey is the most fascinating place he has ever seen -- my Uncle Tom was very learned and well traveled.
Thank you so much for sharing.
what a blissful tour...thank you for this!
You two gents make a great team, taking long looks forward and look looks backward ~
Thank you for your photos, Algis. When I look at photos of magnificent, ancient buildings and cities I can't help but imagine myself transported back in time and what life was like then. If I was there, as you were, I think I could get lost in my daydreams for hours and hours.
phyllis45's Bright Eyes, Maybe your right here. I did carry a pocket of cat food with me and fed several cats along the way. Those were some of the best moments other than spotting the heart mosaic which might be one of the first times it was used. Thanks again P45!

STATHI STATHI, yes the amphitheatre was totally amzing the second time around as was the whole place. What was the most fun was having a deja vue upon being in some place and saying oh yes I was here 35 years ago...Thanks so much S!

tg within, Yes the decision to include people doing what they do there was the most rewarding because there so many at time but nothing like what happens in the summer months I am sure. Thanks again TW!

clay ball Thanks so very much for that. Wish you were there to with me. Thanks CB!

Jonathan Wolfman, Thats a very excellent point. I am wondering that myself but he left his mark indeed and burnt oh so many ols books of magic and mystical writings. Thanks again JW!

Myriad, Yes the toilets. I was by them, but they did not inspire me so I never photographed them. The heart is by the rich folks condos and that one flower in particular really tickle my fancy! Thanks so much M!
I cannot type the right words to say my appreciation for these excellent photos Algis.
But I can add a thank you..
Par excellent...
Bnzoot Thanks so much it is my pleasure as well B!

SpiritManSF That sounds so interesting.Do you know anyone who has any teachings of the Elusian Mysteries? Thanks SM!

Art James, Children friendly and more your so beautiful for saying those things. Thanks AJ!

Anne Cameron Cutri, Thats a great question. I am wondering myself now? Thanks for that and more ACC!

Erica K,Thanks so very much EK! No that kitty was after some of the cat food I was feeding them. They followed me all over the place to and ate what I gave them lovingly.

Ande Bliss, You must be having a great time because that place is just so fasinating and surreal. Enjoy your trip and thanks AB!
Jack Heart, Yes I feel sorry too that julian failed and St paul burnt all the book of secret knowledge. Thanks again and more JH!

Miguela Holt y Roybal, OMG your so fine for saying that. Thanks big time MHR!

Seer, Yes I think your right here. Thanks S!

Harry's Ghost , They really are the best and oh so many of them.The temple of Zeus at Euromos is just great. Thanks HG!

Scarlett Sumac, OMG thanks as are you my cherished one. Thanks Big time too SS!

Trudge164, Yes B. and I do make a good team. That cat was just after more of the cat food I was feeding them . Thanks again T164!

Zanelle, OMG wish I was there with you so could could make a puja! Thanks so much Z!
Jmac1949, Yes that cat is obviously the real star here. Thanks again for the comment JM!

Mary Stanik ,Mary, Mary do you want to get Married? Thanks so much for that MS!

Diary of a Hopeful Starving Student, OMg now I remember that from so long ago. I was really strapped for time there but this place stays with you forever and a day. Thanks again for the quote here and more DHSS!

LammChops, Thanks so much, I do what I can and I thank you my good LC!

Deborah Méndez Wilson, OMG it is my pleasure and reading this is a greater pleasure too! Thanks DMW!

Dicky Neely, That cat is breaking comment records. Wish I took some more of the cats there they loved my cat food I brought. Thanks big time DN!


roberto luigi ,OMG glad to have brought back some fine memories then. Thanks again RL!

asia rein, Oh she would like that I shared a seat with her on the bus getting there and back to bodrum. Thanks so much AR!
CrimsonK, I agree with you, I think we are morphing into something different and boy I think I am scared for those down the road. Thanks again for the fine comment CK!

Jejune Podiatrist, Your a foodie at heart and I wish you could have had the luch I had there...You would be oh so satisfied. Thanks again JP!

Alysa Salzberg, I agree with you and I am so glad I made the right choice to include the folks doing their thing there at the ruins. That Cat is the winner of the post and I do hope you get a chance to go there but it is still the best in Jan and Feb when the tourist count is down. Have a good one and thanks AS!

Alysa Salzberg, Great I shall pass that on! Thanks again for the fine words AS!

V.Corso, I hope imp has a grand time and I am sure Imp will. Thats a nice thing about the romans as well. Thanks for sharing VC!

Donegal Descendant, yes I know what you mean and I thank you for mentioning it because I too feel that my decision was a good one to deal with the whole as it was without going through the frustration of having to wait and ask people to move. Thanks and Big wishes you make it there some day too DD!

tr ig, Yes indeed. Thanks T!

Bellwether Vance, Well if I win the lottery I shall take everyone who posted here there on me. Mind you I better win upwards of a few million to do it royally. Thanks BV!

FusunA, Oh Fusuna thanks so much As I just told BV above if I win the lottery when I return home, which I need to do because I am so broke that I shall take everyone there on me and we shall have the best OS gathering that ever will or could be.

Abrawang, See the above and hope I win the lottery because I would love to take you there and to many more place near by equally great and detailed. Thanks A!

Thoth, So glad to have done that Hermes! Thanks T!

Lucy Mercer, So glad you caught that. I only saw this person from a distance without my glasses and never went over just zoomed in with my small camera and thought ..well you never know. I heard RR got married awhile ago...do you think? Thanks LM!


Lea Lane, You know one person I was with was so curious if this building was the same as that in Petra? You have been having a great trip and thanks for sharing all those places ypu have been . Your rock and thanks LL!

SheilaTGTG55, Thats because your equally fantastic and I appreciate that big time S! THX!

Inthisdeepcalm , There is no place like Turkey because it has everything and then great food as well. Remember if I win the lottery when I get hoem guess where I am taking you ? Thanks again ITDC!

MichelleD, So glad you enjoyed it and more. Thanks MD!

catch-22, So wonderful of you to say that. Your the best C22!

Little Kate, Well guess where I am taking you if I win the lottery when I get back? To the greatest OS gathering of all time bar none. Thanks again LK!
Mission, You bring tears to my eyes with that one. Your a great pal and thanks again bigtime M!
Jealousing here, Algis, but with your magical photographs I feel transported. That cat photo is surreal.
Fascinating again, Algis. Favourite pics: #4 of the statue and head; the cat at the ruins lunging for the camera; and the shots of the incredible front space of the building.
I also have enjoyed two visits to Ephesus, alas 20 years ago now. Remember that it is also the place that Paul was smuggled out of town overnight for fear of being run out of town by followers of the goddess. That amphitheater is where he was shouted down by townspeople shouting "Great, great is Diana of Ephesus!"
About the burning of the temple, our tour leader gave us a lecture on Ephesus and told us of the burning, ending with "and I will not tell you his name." He did not want to add to the fame of someone who committed such a crime in order to go down in history as the destroyer of one of the wonders of the ancient world.
Magnificent. It's nice to see that people can literally touch a piece of history.
Thanks for this. On my list of places to visit that I will probably never visit. Beautiful.
Lovely photos, lovely writing, gross font.
That was really great, thanks :>]
What an amazing place, when I went to the Colosseum in Rome I stayed for hours and hours, sitting and breathing in the air, thinking of the ancients.
That could be me in a younger time Algis! I like her hat. Thank you for thinking to direct me here it's a gorgeous post, I dream of seeing all these places some day.
"...so-called-Saint John Chrysostom, who notoriously razed the Artemis Temple to the ground for the sake of saving their constituents from idolatry." Beautiful pictures and very educational.
The story of the Temple of Artemis is another sad chapter in early Christian ignorance and zeal.
This, the torture and murder of Hypatia, and the destruction of the library at Alexandria are all stories in a chapter left out of our history books. R
A wonderful treat, thank you both.
Delicious series of images. I especially liked the lady with the curly hair and yellow sunglasses, the cat and the botanicals. I went to Scicily a few years ago. I went to all of the temples. I was very fortunate to get lots of images of ruins without random tourist heads in the shots as no one was there. I had a nearly out of body experience there. I understand. Nice work and congrats on teh EP. Rated RRR
What amazing place! Great work.
Matt Paust, Matt if I win the lottery when I get back, which I need to then I am bringing everyone who posted here to Ephesus. Hows that?

VariousArtists , Thanks so much VA. They serve expensive dinners in front ogf that facade as well. And maybe Neil Young concerts in the Amphitheatre.


JanetMN, yes that history is tragic and quite depressing. I have read they took the story line from pathagoras and attached it to Jesus. Which makes me wonder about a lot of things and who is pulling the strings here? Thanks again JMN!


Stim , Well said and thanks big time for that S!

Bernadine Spitzsnogel , Well you might be going there if I win the lottery. Wish big and your dream might come true. Thanks BS!

Richard Tracey, OK two out of three is not that bad. Thanks RT!

RicTresa , hey Ric, Thanks so much hope your fine and more?
rita shibr Well, maybe you will see it someday if I am lucky. Yes, when I saw that lady sitting there, I immediately thought of you. Thanks again RS!

escrito por nada Thanks for that info. It really was something back then in those days, I am sure. Thanks again EPN!

Kim Gamble So glad you enjoyed it Kim! THX!

Robin Robinson, Great so glad you enjoyed that . I found, in the end, I liked using the folks in the images because everyone was having such a special time that is filled the images with extra energy. I think if you try to get them without those folks, some of the life is missing and the images might be a little empty but who knows originally I was upset so many people were there. Thanks again RR!

victor HARINGTON really appreciated that remark. Thanks VH!
I never knew this city existed - never heard of it, so this was like entering a portal to another reality for me. Really breathtaking, all of your photos, and the juxtapostion of the modern tourists with the ancients and among the ruins is such a cool contrast.
The magic for me is the magnificent and overwhelming sense of calm I get when visiting places where spirits, flora and fauna flourish from ruins.
Beautiful photo essay. I was there last December - on a gorgeous day. I did go off the beaten path somewhat - to the Church of Mary ruins - and it doesn't seem that you had any pictures of that. Definitely a highlight of my Mediterranean trip - but then, all the sites were (except maybe the filthy Nile on the way to Cairo or the streets of Cairo itself).
Beautiful photo essay. I was there last December - on a gorgeous day. I did go off the beaten path somewhat - to the Church of Mary ruins - and it doesn't seem that you had any pictures of that. Definitely a highlight of my Mediterranean trip - but then, all the sites were (except maybe the filthy Nile on the way to Cairo or the streets of Cairo itself).
Wow. The magic is working on me. Not a good thing for a lunch break at work! I can only imagine the thrill of being there, but thanks to your photos, I don't have to imagine so very hard. Excellent. Facebook bound of course.
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How fabulous to be at one of the seven wonders of the world! And with a cute guy in the first picture. :) The pink flower with the yellow center is beautiful. Do you know what it is? Thank you for sharing this.
Margaret Feike, OMg thanks so very much and i am glad to have shown you this place. It is indeed worth the trip because in this area are a dozen magnificent sites.
Your wonderful photos are better than being there!
Fabulous, magical. Thank you so much, Algis and Byron
With all the ancient wonders of the Mediterranean it is hard to guarantee that this is the most spectacular but it is a contender.

Some of those columns look like their solid not drums which makes them tough to erect; not the biggest they've erected one way or another, but its no easy task.

Great photos as usual!
Thank you, Algis!!!! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures!