the mesolongi-aitoliko lagoon complex is located in the northern part of the gulf of patras in the central west coast of greece. with its shallow area of 150 km2 extended between the acheloos and evinos rivers, it is one of the most important wetlands in the mediterranean. the ecosystem comprises of six lagoons that are part of the natura 2000 network, protected by the ramsar convention.


all images © pygmalion karatzas

 

 

the photographic series were taken by architect and photographer pygmalion karatzas during april 2017. in this project, he fuses the boundaries between topographic/representational and expressionistic/pictorial iconography in its exploration of the integral perspective.


it is one of the most important wetlands in the mediterranean

 

 

the open and closed type lagoons communicate with the sea along channels and receive fresh water from the drainage pump system of the region, creating a unique aquaculture environment. fishing is mainly done with traditional methods by local fishermen in fish-pools called ‘divaria’. the area is also rich in black salt marsh and hosts one of the biggest salt factories. the mineral mud and sea-salt make the agia triada and alikies beaches an ideal place for natural spas, which is a daily ritual for locals.


the mineral mud and sea-salt make the agia triada and alikies beaches an ideal place for natural spas

 

 

the name of the settlement ‘tourlida’ was given after the marine bird species that were found in the area, the tourlides, or eurasian curlew. this islet connects to mesolongi by a causeway stretching 5 km. a landmark of tourlida is the houses on piles. they are stilt houses built by fishermen, named ‘pelades‘ in greek.


a landmark of the tourlida settlement is the stilt houses


the name of the settlement ‘tourlida’ was given after the marine bird species that were found in the area


the ecosystem comprises of six lagoons that are part of the natura 2000 network


this islet connects to mesolongi by a causeway stretching 5 km


the tourlida fishing settlement built by local fishermen


fishing is mainly done with traditional methods by local fishermen in fish-pools called ‘divaria’


this complex, with its shallow area of 150 km2, extends between the acheloos and evinos rivers


the mesolongi-aitoliko lagoon complex is located in the northern part of the gulf of patras in greece


pygmalion karatzas fuses the boundaries in its exploration of the integral perspective

 

 

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