Photographer's Note


The scene is a beach in Yalta, the gem in the crown of the Crimean Peninsula. I had been giving lectures on the Serenity, a cruise ship belonging to the Crystal Cruise Line, when the ship visited the port of Yalta for the day. In seeing the sheer density of humanity that was sharing the postage-stamp size rocky beach, I was both fascinated and sympathetic to the bathers, everyone trying to cool off on that hot and muggy day in August. I imagine the claustrophobic experience would be similar to bathing in the sacred Ganges River during high holidays, where the expression elbow room has to be taken not figuratively, but literally.

The individuals strolling in the foreground are important compositional elements for the photograph, as is the reverse Z created by the diagonal of the boardwalk.

Later the same day I traveled by bus on the Yalta-Sevastopol road for a view of the Swallows Nest Castle. Finally, it behooves me to point out the most important site in Yalta is the Livadia Palace, where in February of 1945, the Yalta Conference took place. The summit meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin took place, led to the map of Eastern Europe being redrawn. The history of Livadia Palace can be seen at the link, Crimea.

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