Greece * Summer 2006 * 35mm
I was 21.
Freshly graduated from university.
Terrified and anxious to catapult into adulthood.
Preferred to dwell in existential angst.
Fascinated by everywhere I hadn’t been.
Felt entitled, actually, to these undiscovered places.
So I delayed my launch a bit longer.
And went to the most beautiful place I could think of.
It would be nice to be surrounded by beauty, I thought.
I can still taste the octopus. The yogurt with honey and walnuts.
I documented my Grecian odyssey with my mother’s Olympus camera.
Due to laziness or financial prudence or both, I never developed the film.
8 years and 6 NYC apartments later, I discovered the rolls of film from my Mediterranean meditation.
Armed with Homer’s Iliad and a lonely planet guide, I journeyed.
To the monasteries of Meteora.
Pink sand beaches. Strawberry-Yahoo-drink-hued beaches.
Overnight ferries. Catamarans in hurricanes.
Inns once mansions of sea captains, who smoked tobacco out of pipes and had white beards, I imagined.
I befriended a sage named Carmella, who crafted jewelry and ceramics. Adorned feathers from her ears.
And owned the chicest shop in Crete.
I promised to return one day so she could teach me all that she knew.
I hunted every single beach--on foot, on quads, on boats--on each island I visited.
Swam to the farthest cove I could manage. To giggle in solitude.
I can still taste the octopus.