Vintage postcards from Athens: a street photography essay

Vintage postcards from Athens: a street photography essay

This is a street photography essay with a twist.

It was shot entirely in Athens, Greece, in during about one month. I wanted to give the final images the look of old, monochromatic postcards, possibly coming from the 1950s.

Athens is, of course, instantly recognizable in many photos, due to landmarks and general atmosphere. Although image mood is, let's say, vintage looking, nobody will be fooled to think most of these photos were taken at an older time. Things such as dressing, smartphones, signs, etc, instantly give it away. It was this oxymoron that I wanted to emphasize with the photo styling decisions.

My intention was not to utterly destroy image quality, giving it an instagramy look, for instance. All photos were shot with the Fuji X-E2, and a variety of Fujinon lenses (35mm f/1.4, 14mm f/2.8, 18-55mm) plus the Samyang fisheye 8mm f/2.8.  They were then converted from RAW in Lightroom, processed for sharpness, contrast, exposure, etc and then passed through the brilliant Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4 (if you haven't downloaded the free copy, stop reading and do it now).

A vintage film simulation filter was used, with some added grain, plus a "postcard" frame added. This gave the photos a slightly aged, yellowed (or rather, "greenish") split-toned appearance, which was my final goal.

Here you have it: street photos of today's Athens, through the styling filter of old postcards. Hope you enjoy!


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