communion with monks
photographs from Mount Athos, 1991 - 1995
STORY TEXT GABRIEL NICOS PENTZIKIS
Born in Chalkis, Greece in
1961, Kostas Argyris first visited Mt Athos in his late twenties. He
went there to 'stay for a month' and ended up spending five years among
Athonite monks working as accredited photographer.
Gabriel Nicos Pentzikis
(Thessaloniki, 1952) works as a free lance interpreter and translator.
one who is unmixed with the world,
And continually speaks with God alone.
Seeing he is seen, loving he is loved,
and he becomes light glittering unspeakably.
Blessed he feels himself more poor,
and, being close, yet goes a stranger.
O miracle strange in every way and inexplicable!
For immense richness I exist penniless,
and having as I thing nothing, possess much,
and I say I thirst, in the midst of waters.
(949-1022), Hymn 3