Algis Kemezys

Algis Kemezys
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Ste Adele, Qu├ębec, 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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NOVEMBER 10, 2011 6:28AM

The Sacred Geometry of Aphaia

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aphaia temple

  Two handfuls of upright, semi-stable columns; a nave carved from time-polished marble; vandalized metopes that long ago lost their priceless sculptures to an unworthy German museum; this is the Temple of Aphaia anchored on an Aeginian hill overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Saronic Gulf, the not-all-that-distant shores of the Peloponnese, the pine forest that stretches all the way to Perdika on the southernmost tip of Aegina island: a fragile adumbration of the glory that was Greece some two and half millennia ago.

A precursor of the Parthenon, the temple conforms to the same 1:1.618 golden ratio as its more famous look-alike, and celebrates one of Zeus’ many goddess-daughters. Formerly thought to be Athena or Artemis (the prototypical feminists), currently archeologists have veered towards Britomartis, a virginal deity that aroused the passions of the lecherous King Minos of Crete. She is meant to have escaped by jumping into the sea to emerge on Aegina where she avoided detection by becoming invisible (Aphane: Aphaia). 

A fertility cult developed around her worship dating back to 1300 BCE. Her devotees built a sanctuary to her some seven hundred years later, with the frontispiece temple in wood, that was destroyed by fire; rebuilt quickly in marble that succumbed to the same earthquake that might have engulfed Atlantis; and a third time during the Golden Age (just ahead of the Periclean endeavors on the holy rock of the Athenian acropolis), yet another incarnation of a temple that stands (almost) intact to this day.

 

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Divine intervention

as the Muse of architecture

toys with the minds and souls

of little humans in need

of amusement 

and a quest for earthly rewards

that she’ll never fulfill

secrets that she refuses to ever reveal

even if the temple appears to levitate

the longer one contemplates

its fractured but unbreakable perspectives 

its permanence

its sacred geometry

 

 

 

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Aphaia is claimed to be the oldest still-standing temple of Ancient Greece, and like all their important sites, it is connected trigonometrically to other dominant locations. This one has a proven triangularity (albeit of the isosceles persuasion) with the Parthenon (Temple to Athena) in Athens and the Temple to Poseidon in Sounio (south-west of Athens). Aphaia owns another particularity: it is said that when it rains here it rains absolutely everywhere in Greece; as if the Ancients weep to this day that their uncorrupted goddess was barely saved from being violated by the self-important tyrant of their sworn enemy Crete, the island nation to the south.

 

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for more information visit: www.visitgreece.gr

 

 

words by Byron Ayanoglu

Photographs & Stone Sculptures by Algis Kemezys (copyright 2011)  

      

 

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As always Algis, a great photo essay. I hope you built your stone structures on solid ground, so they may last as long as Aphaia has.
R
Thanks OUT, It is very windy up there...I hope they lasted the night.
This is simply remarkable! (r.)
Fascinating. When it rains there is rains everywhere. Even in ruins there is beauty and maybe even more so because they are ruins.
Great photos, and that building almost looks alive, as if it's haunted. The stories it could tell....,
Stunning photos, as always.
this must have been a joy to photograph..
Wonderful.. HUGGGGGGGG
Gorgeous photos. Wonderful how such beauty stands over the centuries. It strikes me that we are the primitive ones and the ancients the civilized. Thank you for the view and history.
Algis, your posts are like no one else's, creative genius. Your eye is a gift.
Wonderful as usual, Algis (and Byron). I long to return to Greece...
Very beautiful and mysterious.
You make a great ambassador for Greece, Algis. Another beautiful photo post. I like Byron's verse too.
♥R
I see a very clear person in one of your stone sculptures. I always enjoy your photo essays regarding places; this is no exception. I learned some things as well!
Wow . . . I love the photos . . . what amazing history . . .
I love the way this is woven with such dramatic views and prose. I see a book with all your travels in it...
gorgeous as always my friend!
Beautiful photos and interesting commentary. Thanks for posting.
A beauty assay in a history lesson, Algis. Excellent post. Thank you for that. R
You've made this archaeology and classics enthusiast very happy with your post!
Another tremendous photo essay from you, along with good lessons in history and architecture.
Another tremendous photo essay from you, along with good lessons in history and architecture.
really nice photos, they almost look hyperreal in some ways.. do you use some special camera or post processing? it would be interesting to hear the techniques
Gorgeous. My favorite images are those using elements of nature in contrast to the ruins. The one with the hand holding a sprig is wonderful.
NOVEMBER 10, 2011 06:49 AM
This is simply remarkable! (r.)

Jonathan Wolfman, Thanks so very much JW!

zanelle Yes, there is something very unique and wonderful about ruins.I am so glad we have such a fine collection of them everywhere.
NOVEMBER 10, 2011 08:18 AM
Great photos, and that building almost looks alive, as if it's haunted. The stories it could tell....,

scanner Thanks S. Yes there is something about sacred gemometry that activates something in the brain. I am now going to explore the forest around the temple because people have been there for thousands of years and because they also have a haunted feeling to them. The goddess had the ability to be invisible and I am trying to attract her spirit by making those sculptures. Unfortunately I lost my pendulum there but am hoping to accidently catch her on digital film as I made one sculpture that has a good female presence about it.


divorcedpauline Thanks so much....more coming.

Linda Seccaspina You would have loved this place. I over stayed my time there and had to walk out missing the bus.



l'Heure Bleue I am using your healing formula up here and shall be singing out your name too...when I return.
Kathy Riordan, I am speechless but i can still type...Thanks a million.

Myriad Wish you were here I need some help summoning Aphaias spirit.


Dicky Neel, The vast forest all arounf this hill top temple is also very eerie and wonderful. WYWH.


FusunA, Your so good and certainly the ambassador of good taste and more.THX


keri h Yes, I am so glad you saw this. When one is getting close to an ancient strange and wonderful things happen to the stone erections I make. THX

Owl_Says_Who, Oh wish you were here...THX


SheilaTGTG55, Oh you tickle my fancy and wish I could show you the place...THX

tai..THanks!

Poppi Iceland, THX wish you and everyone who posts here were here for a gathering of OS majors.

hyblaean- Julie, Your beautiful for saying that.
mishima666, Your very welcome and more..

Thoth, I am so glad you enjoyed wish you were here buddy!


ChillerPop Oh this is nothing the grounds around here must have all kinds of secret treasures. I lost my pendulum or the goddess took it away so that I could not find them.I am not sure what but will be exploring the vast area the next chance I get.

Mary Stanik, Thanks so much...Wish you were here too!



vzn, I am using just basic contrast and over saturating with some Reds occasionally. This day had almost every kind of weather but no rain fortunately.ThX


Maureen Andrade Oh i wondered who would like this because it was meant to be something that allowed the feeling of admiration cross over and become refreshed at that moment.

So, I am going back to try to find my pendulum, I lost up there. I shall call out your names and offer you all fine wishes and you too Emily for choosing this. Even though my legs are sore I really want to wander the forest around there even though one could easily twist an ankle . When a place is this old and has some much going to it some secrets must be waiting close by and maybe even see the invisible goddess. Cheers and Thanks again...
Algis, this whole piece is feels like a love song to this place. Your photographs are wonderful. I love how you've explored this place in all angles and all lights, and even added a piece to it of your own-- something photographers do not tend to do. Fine work.
Spike, Thanks so very much for that. So glad you like it.
Gorgeous as always, Algis. Good to see you settling into the region.
Masterfully constructed! Pythagoras would have been proud. I loved the pics, style and layout. Easy to read and taylored to an ADD market, it punches hard, fast and clean into my awareness.

I have often felt that Geometry was the key to understanding a great deal more about the Universe...and as it turns out...I was correct in my assumptions. No big surpirse, the Greeks called it long long ago.

Thank you for reminding me of beauty and the surpremacy of the human imagination.
Fascinating, as Spock would say; I'm not sure about the "Sacred Geometry" but I still find it hard to believe that they could move all those megaliths with ancient technology; yet somehow it was done there and many other places around the world.
VariousArtists, Thanks so much unfortunately I have had to leave the island because it was just too expensive to stay there for the winter plus the bus service stopped making getting around expensive and difficult. Stay tuned for more thrilling stuff.


Doug Socks, Thanks for mentioning Pythagoras. I was reading about him last night and he indeed felt all buildings must have a musical vibration and a lofty visual design. This also added to my personal belief that when the right sound was played in these temples they acted as doorways to another temple. Fasinating stuff..I also read that the Jesus legend might have been fashion after Pythagoras himself who many believed was a god reborn on this earth to guide us to higher forms of thought and endeavors.


zacherydtaylor,Thanks, I was talking with some of the museum attendants on Kos the other day and we both felt they nutralized gravity through the use of sound. Spock might even be impressed with this one.
"A precursor of the Parthenon, the temple conforms to the same 1:1.618 golden ratio"

I was going to say that but you already knew.
I'm sorry I missed this earlier.
How beautiful these shots are of this amazing ruin...you are traveling among the historical periods I've been researching this year, lucky us to be able to see moments and places your eyes have been gazing over.
Might you at some point wander over to Gobekli Tepe?? : )
These photo's are breathtaking. I think it was a good idea to include a few shots with people standing in them for perspective.