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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Richard Bangs Adventures’ photostream … Фотосесија од посетата на Ричард Бенкс

Macdonian shops -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
The goods for sale one such shop include brass lamps and ornaments, copper Turkish coffee utensils, clocks, knives, medallions and a mandolin. Photo by Christian Kallen
Случајно на интернет налетав на оваа фото сесија од посетата на Ричард Бенкс на Македонија, во постот представувам дел од фото сесијата – ако сакате целосно да ја видите одете на овој линк.                                    Повеќе »..... more ».....
Old Bazaar -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
The old quarter dates back more than 1,000 years, and despite earthquakes and armed conflict over the years still boasts a plethora of craftsman’s shops and cafes from many eras. Photo by Christian Kallen
Sopska salad -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

Macedonia’s favorite salad, at least during summer, is sopska, a mélange of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and grated goat cheese, usually with an olive on top. Photo by Christian Kallen
Stone Bridge -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

The Stone Bridge over the Varda River in Skopje is at least 500 years old, possibly built during the early half of the 15th century, in the location of a bridge built by the Romans in 518 A.D. Though it has been damaged several times over the centuries by warfare, it survived relatively unscathed the 1963 earthquake that otherwise almost leveled the city. Photo by Christian Kallen
Shepherd  -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

The Movrovo countryside, an area known as Mount Bistra, is fertile browsing ground for goats, sheep and cattle, and a prime producer of Macedonia’s cheeses. Photo by Christian Kallen
Greeting room  -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

The traditional houses of Galichnik feature a common room on the second floor, where guests are greeted and offered rakija and something to eat. This room belonged to Nora’s grandmother, and the antique look of its furnishings caught the photographer’s eye. The house remains in the family, though it is seldom used. Photo by Christian Kallen
Galichnik  -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
The mountainside village of Galichnik is the most famous village in the Mavrovo area, with its traditional architecture and celebrated mid-July wedding ceremonies. The rest of the year the village is all but deserted, as its remote location and cold snowy winters make it inaccessible and difficult. Photo by Christian Kallen
Smolar Falls -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
Outside of Strumika, in the southeast corner of Macedonia, Smolar Falls are over 90 feet high, one of the tallest continuous waterfalls in the country. Climbers such as Nikola Angelov enjoy the “rush” of abseiling down the slick spill. Photo by John Cannin
Fisherman -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
Another way to heal is to go fishing. Here, a fisherman sets up on the banks of the Mavrovo Lake near Mavrovo National Park, the nation’s largest protected area. The lake is artificial, and the old town chapel that was drowned by its rising still shows the roofline above the waters. Photo by Christian Kallen
Cross with a view -- Expedition Macedonia by  
In the steeple, a rounded Maltese cross frames the waters of nearby Lake Debar. The convent and monastery seem far from modern life, but somehow still linked to it. Photo by Christian Kallen
Bigorski -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

Monks at the Bigorski monastery live in this 18th century building, just steps from the orange-roofed chapel.
Photo by Christian Kallen
Hand fragment -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.rch dedicated to St. George, at Raychani, a tiny bone is surrounded by an elaborate setting representing the hand of John the Baptist. Such relics are often thought to smell sweetly, and remain in a state of constant preservation despite time and the elements. Raychani’s other relics are said to include slivers of the cross as well.
Photo by John Canning
Inspiration -- Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
In the Staro Nagoricane church of John the Baptist, near Kokino, Richard Bangs finds inspiration in his book of research on Macedonia, compiled by Richard Bangs Adventures head researcher Julia Romano. The murals of the church are among the most important in Macedonia, pre-figuring the realistic innovations of the Renaissance.
Photo by Christian Kallen
Can you hear me now? – Expedition Macedonia by  
Didrik Johnck takes a break from his videotaping of Richard and Aleksovski at a pre-historic basis to take a cell phone call, demonstrating that no place exists in the past any more: it’s all the present. Photo by Christian Kallen
Climbing into the past – Expedition Macedonia by  

Richard follows Dr. Aleksovksi up the ancient carved steps to the higher reaches of Tsotsev Kamen. Some worked stones have been placed on the shelf in the foreground, but almost every square foot of this rocky knob has felt the tools of man, with hand-holds, footsteps, and basins found everywhere. Photo by Christian Kallen
Shady stream –Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

Some relief came when we reached Kratova, itself a pre-historic town built in the crater of an extinct volcano. Aleksovki’s home and research center are located here. Photo by Christian Kallen
Diggers – Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
A collage of photographs shows Bilbija’s students in various stages of the dig at Govrlevo. In the center a student mugs the posture of the site’s greatest find, Adam of Macedonia. Photo by Christian Kallen
Archaeologist and art - Expedition Macedonia by  
Miloš Bilbija holds what he believes is his most significant find, a small figurine he calls Adam of Macedonia. The spine, ribs, and buttocks are clearly representative of a naturalistic approach to art, in contrast to the female figurines that preceded it. Photo by Christian Kallen
Female figure – Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

This Neolithic female figurine in the Museum of the City of Skopje is representative of the combined concerns of fertility and sustenance of the early agrarian settlers of Macedonia. The figurine was found by Miloš Bilbija in a dig not far from Skopje. Photo by Christian Kallen
Lecture hall – Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
Aleksovksi paces the floor of a stone hall, which bears a superficial resemblance to the open rooms of Mesa Verde. But according to the archaeologist, Tsotsev Kamen dates to the Neolithic age, over five thousand years ago. Photo by Christian Kallen
Sunrise at Kokino - Expedition Macedonia by  

This photo of the sunrise as seen from the throne demonstrates how the notches in the ridge “point” to the exact location of the sun’s appearance on certain days. Photo by Ljupco Ilievski
Kokino cameraman - Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
Photographer Ljupco Ilievski of Skopje points out the view from the “throne,” where priests are thought to have sat to observe the cyclical rising of the sun and moon through the notches cut in the mountain’s ridges. Photo by Christian Kallen
Now you see it – Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.
A playful Dr. Kuzman holds the golden mask to his face, to demonstrate its life-size scale. Such masks were used to mark the ashes of cremated royalty, to identify the remains to the denizens of both afterlife and the living. The mask alone is thought to be worth up to $18 million. Photo by Christian Kallen
King’s Helmet – Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

Dr. Kuzman tries on a polished Macedonian helmet from the era of Alexander the Great. The horned sheep on each side was a sign of royalty – a general or king wore this helmet in ceremony or battle. Photo by Christian Kallen
Mosaic Detail –Expedition Macedonia by RichardBangsAdventures.

A close-up view of a Roman mosaic shows the small stones cut and placed to create the image. The closer you look the less visible the image is; moving farther away reveals the face. Photo by Christian Kallen
Illuminated Frescoes – Expedition Macedonia by  
The walls inside St. Bogorodica Perivleptos, the Church of the Holy Mother of God, are festooned with frescoes of stories and saints from the Bible. Iconographic arts are one of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity, illustrating the stories for an illiterate population.Photo by Christian Kallen

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