SILVANUS (Greece b. 1957) First Day 2010 Mikra Mantinia - x +

CN: Silv2010firs

MT: digital print on paper (21x21 / F:30x30x1)

TX: signed with felt pen at lower right of frame in Greek <Spyros - Silvanus>

DN: Dr. Fotini Georgousi - 2012

CM: Mikra Mantinia is a small coastal settlement of the Peloponnese and is one of the most beautiful resorts of the Messinia Prefecture. It belongs to the Municipality of Kalamata and is considered to be the western gate that demarcates the beginning of the Messinian Mani. As a typical Mani landscape, it charmingly combines the wild beauty of nature with the temperate Mediterranean climate. There, Silvanus loves to spend the summer period. His photograph presents as if through a square window prospectively three successive horizontal layers of the aforementioned landscape – the land with clearly defined pebbles in the bottom half of the picture, above it the sea with occasional waves on one third of the picture and in the distance the sky with the sun low in the small remaining upper part of the picture. In its wilderness and absence of color, the landscape seems primordial. This quality inspired Silvanus the title First Day, as Moses in God's revelation describes in Genesis the first day of the creation of the world: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5).

[Megakles Rogakos 07/2012]