Thursday, 27 September 2012

Meditation, Nobody in Sight and Goods

"Turquoise Karma" is the first image for today. Quiet, tranquil and very peaceful. This statue sits with it's back to a lake in he temple complex of Wat Umong in the city of Chiang Mai , northern Thailand. Wat Umong is located against the mountains of Doi Suthep and is just outside the city center. The temple itself was built in 1297 by King Manglai of the Lan Na dynasty. The entire complex consists of 37.5 rai (15 acres) of wooded grounds. It's nickname is the "The Forest Wat" (Wat is Thai for temple).  The wat is famous for its ancient tunnels and large stupa.  These tunnels were supposedly built by the King and painted with bush scenes so they could keep a famous but mentally deranged monk within the grounds of the monastery as he had a habit of just wandering off into the bush for days on end. Wat Umong is unique in that the resident monks live in a very natural setting, and occasionally feed the deer that live in the area. Information and some of the text here from Wikipedia . I have been to this temple many many times as my step daughter love to go in the tunnels as well as feed the fish, turtles, and ducks in the large pond.

Because of the immense lack of people in this shot I decided to title it "Sans Tourisme". Brighton's distinct and very unique seafront look was mainly down to the 1800's and Victorian designs. As with most Victorian design ironwork was the main feature which is why many of the original Victorian structures and elements still exist to his day.

On this particular day it was cold , wet and windy and I found myself down on the promenade and seafront without any tourists or locals in sight. It was a rare opportunity for me to try and capture the Victorian feel of Brighton on the south coast of England.

"Warehouse" is the last image from me today. I like this shot. There's something very pleasing about the composition, lines and low buildings. At the time of capturing the image I wasn't sure if it would work or not. In fact I very nearly skipped taking it altogether but then decided to "give it a go" anyway and was pleasantly surprised when I got back, uploaded the shots and started to process them. This one seemed to stand out for some reason. I also like the fact that the only color other than the blue of the sky and sea water is the splash of red that the cap on the metal post provides. The shot is of goods bays & warehouses at Shoreham Harbor on the south coast of England.

All Photography © Justin Hill