Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O ( Fountains )

This week’s photo challenge is H2O.

I like photographing water in its different forms and states.dscf0270

Photographing fountains is my favorite too.

The first one is a picture taken in the peace memorial park in Hiroshima.

I have adopted a slow shutter speed and a shallow depth of field.

At the bottom of the fountain, the water came bubbling up.dscf1165

The second photo was taken in Geneva, Switzerland.

I must admit my main focus was on the trees and the shadows although the fountain is an indispensable part of the photo.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare ( from the Atomic Bomb)

This week’s DP Photo Challenge is Spare.

This is a building spared from the destruction by the atomic bomb.

Anybody walks past it would be thrown into deep reflection of what has happened on that fateful day in 1945.DSCF0252

This building in Hiroshima was almost the only building that stood up and preserved.

Many questions were asked and still unanswered – why did the tragic war start and why such tragic measure was used to end the war?

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture ( Hiroshima)

Can’t leave this challenge yet.

This posts contains two images; both taken at the Hiroshima Memorial Park.

There was a long building which contains exhibits of the bombing of Hiroshima .

Because of the direct sun and high temperatures, I took refuge under the building.DSCF0269

I noticed that there was a long line of columns to support the building and they go in pairs.

What is more interesting is the texture of the columns.DSCF0274

Although the columns are in reinforced concrete, the texture of the columns have a wood texture.

They have taken very elaborative efforts to come up with a textured formwork against which they cast the column concrete, so on striking of the formwork, they left a timber texture in the columns.

Although, this technique is adopted in many places, this is especially done here as this memorial place clearly warrants it.


Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima, Japan

Here stands the skeletal remains of a products promotion hall designed by a Czech architect.

It was left as it is after the atomic bomb “Little Boy” left its mark in Hiroshima on the fateful day in 1945.


The building was the only structure left standing near the bomb’s hypocenter. Soon commonly called the Genbaku (“A-Bomb”) Dome, due to the exposed metal dome framework at its apex, the structure was scheduled to be demolished with the rest of the ruins, but the majority of the building was intact, delaying the demolition plans. The Dome became a subject of controversy, with some locals wanting it torn down, while others wanted to preserve it as a memorial of the bombing and a symbol of peace. Ultimately, when the reconstruction of Hiroshima began, the skeletal remains of the building were preserved.

This dome reminds us that peace does not come naturally; usually it comes at a price and sometimes the price is very high.