This week’s challenge is Inside.
Many of the images we saw for Angkor Wat, Cambodia pertains to the outside, outside of the temples – the Buddha faces, the ruins, the giant tree roots etc.
The interior of the temples is also interesting, if not more so. However, as the interior of the temples is usually dark, and therefore not very suitable for picture taking.
This image is taken inside the temple.
Have not done any research to find out what this bell shaped structure is. Have seen a multitude of stone bells at Borobudur UNESCO site, Indonesia. They are more finely sculptured, perforated with holes in them as well. These stupas housed 72 Buddhas at several levels.
However, at Angkor Wat, this bell is not perforated. Does it enclose anything inside?
It looks intriguing, does it?
This week’s photo challenge is Perspective.
We get different perspective of the same object if it is viewed from different angles, different light condition, different background, through different framing. In photography, the same object may have different perspective if the degree of exposure, contrast, colors, zooming etc. are adjusted.
Here is an image taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia while looking up a long flight of steep steps. It is also a truncated view of the whole temple. From this perspective, there is no way to know how big or high is the temple, how the steps are related to the whole temple and to the surrounding.
The next image shows the front view in its entirety and how the temple relates to the surrounding. However, from this perspective, we still don’t know what the side view is like, we have no idea as to the dimensions or scale of the sides of the temple.
The third image was taken to show the side view, it enables the reader to have a 3D appreciation as to what the temple is like instead of just giving a partial or truncated view.
However, pictures are not taken just to show what the reality is like. We need pictures to show what is interesting, to show what was on the photographer’s mind and what he wants to portray.
Hope you concur with my perspective of Perspective!
We were high up on one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains – Mount Emei (峨眉山) which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
It is located in Sichuan Basin (四川盆地), to the west of Emeishan City (峨眉山市) and Leshan City (乐山市).
Mount Emei gets the name because its curvy mountain profile which resembles a girl’s curvy eyebrow; although some said this is unrelated.
The highest peak is approximately 3,099 meters above the sea level. The patron bodhisattva of Emei is Samantabhadra, also known as Puxian (普贤大佛) in Chinese.
Here up in the mountain, we were surrounded by a heavy mist.
The mist was so heavy that I could only see, maybe, twenty feet in front of me.
Among the mist, I could see part of the Jinding Temple ( golden temple), but the roof just disappeared into the mist.
Obviously, I didn’t take many photos as the mist meant that many features could not be seen.
This week’s challenge is “Unusual Point of View“.
The first view was taken from a sampan. We were travelling through a limestone sea cave in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Inside the cave, my eyes, and my camera were directed to the rugged and dark surfaces of the sea cave. Natural light eventually came through when we were approaching the other end of the sea cave.
It was a moment of contrasting beauty – we have the dark rock surface on the left, transiting into a colorful layered rock on the right and through this, we have light at the end of the cave revealing the marshy area outside.
The second view was taken from down under in the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
The temple has sort of skylight so as to allow sunlight coming in.
I was viewing the sky from deep down; as if I was viewing it from a well. The stone blocks forming the four sides of the well are rough textured, non uniform and quite crude.
I was glad that I wasn’t stuck forever in a deep well!
This is the temple in Angkor Wat that was intentionally left in its natural state.
Minimum work was done to prevent further collapse of the structures and, at the same time, enough clearance was carried out to permit entry by tourists.
In many places, you can see there is a constant struggle between the trees and the structures; with the trees trying to take over.
There are only two basic colors at Ta Prohm: the green color of tropical tree leaves and the brown color of the tree trunk / giant roots and the temple structures including the walls.
You won’t lose a lot by turning the image into black & white. The B&W helps us to concentrate on the quality of the picture and the texture of the roots and the construction.
The original color version is also depicted here. Both versions convey their own but different mood. Roots like claws reaching out for the temple portal.
In the color version, the rust stain color water on the ground is more apparent and mystical.
The place is romantic, equally it can be described as eerie, mystical, declining and even crumpling. . . . . . . . .
How could I have forgotten this image when posting on “Patterns”?
As part of the Three Gorges Cruise in China, we stopped by this temple and have a good look in the interior.
Apart from the following which caught my eyes:
* four red timber columns supporting the roof with beams painted blue on the underside framing into them.
* four figures jutting out from the columns each with musical instruments in their hands.
* a Chinese lantern slung in the middle.
what attracted me most were the colorful patterns everywhere: on the ceiling, on the beams, gold-plated wood carvings near the bottom of the image.
Fantastic and colorful patterns!
The Angkor Wat temples are stunning and fascinating from both the inside and the outside.
The architecture as viewed from the outside is beautiful, but we spent quite a bit of our time in the inside. With every twist and turn, you find something which have not quite met your eyes before.
I like the warmth, the color and the texture in the picture above as well as the effect of looking through a series of openings.
When looking up the ceiling, it was a totally different sight; with stones arranged to form the apex of the roof structure.
Where sunlight comes through openings. It was sort of mystical to look up through the blockwork opening towards the sky above .
This week, Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge at Where’s My Backpack is “Light“.
I like the interplay of light and objects.
Last November, while in the HongLou Temple, Beijing we were enchanted by the effects of light on the yellow Autumn foliage.
The leaves were transformed into gold color while the light illuminated the artistic details of the temple beam,, the doors and roof tiles.
The light, in fact, is the main object of the picture and imparts a surreal feeling!
Word a week challenge : Light
Can’t help showing the photo below.
It was still morning in Beijing, the soft Autumn sunlight was playing its magic on the ginkgo tree. Some of the leaves were yellow, others gold, some translucent or even radiant. The light also revealed the fine details of the Chinese tiles on the roof of the HuangLuo temple, the decorated beam underneath, the column on the side and some Chinese screen window frames..
The combination of the soft light, the tree, the temple and the lamp behind just makes the scene magical and timeless!
Dazhao Temple, ‘Wuliang Si (Infinite Temple)’ in Chinese, is the oldest building and the largest temple in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. The construction of the temple was completed in 1580 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and it is therefore the oldest Lamaist Buddhist temple in Inner Mongolia.
Inside the temple, we came across several statues, representing the gods. They look very “foreign” to us. One of these in vivid colors, which we totally cannot relate to is shown above . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..