The Agiou Mina arcade | Thessaloniki | 15.10.2018

The merchants of the Agiou Mina arcade left a long time ago. Once it was a vibrant commercial center, but that has since been moved to the modern city center. The gate is often closed but today I was lucky. Curiously I went inside and walked through the empty corridors, waiting for something to happen. Suddenly this man with the briefcase came in and kindly said something about the art of photography. He walked up a staircase and disappeared. A moment later an elderly man walked in, opened the shutter of what appeared to be his former store and took place on a chair in front of it. Later that day he was still sitting alone in the empty gallery. When I passed by a day or two later I almost bumped against the man with the briefcase who just walked out. Over his shoulder I saw that the shopkeeper was still there. As a restless spirit waiting for customers from a distant past.

Bart Rijnbout | ©2019