Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half ( B&W)

Which half do you belong?

The white half which represents light and happiness?

The black half which represents dark and imprisoned?DSCF0051

This is my only departure from my usual landscape / seascape photos.

A picture I have taken of the sculpture by Ju Ming.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

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This week’s Photo Challenge is Endurance.

Looking up the dictionary, endurance means:

: the ability to do something difficult for a long time

: the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time

: the quality of continuing for a long time

The challenger shows a Maya building that has endured the environment for a long time.

In my view, it shouldn’t be that difficult to show structures that lasted for thousands of years, the Great Wall of China and the Saqqara pyramids of Egypt are classic examples.

Humanity was the subject of last week’s challenge.

It think it is a bigger challenge to show Endurance as a human quality.DSCF0012

With that in mind, I am showing two sculptures of Ju Ming.DSCF0036

Both shows a man in waiting.

But they have different postures.

They are enduring the passage of time – as many of us here are, waiting, while time just tickling away (instead of cherishing every minute of it) !

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

I am afraid of submitting an entry for this week’s challenge: Humanity, as I don’t think I actually know its meaning.

Looking up the Wikipedia, Humanity means:

The virtue, humanity, is a set of strengths focused on “tending and befriending others.” The three strengths associated with humanity are love, kindness, and social intelligence. Humanity differs from justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than the fairness found in justice. That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically person to person strengths while fairness is generally expanded to all.

I have seen many entries with a bunch of people, spectators in the stadium, people on the street etc.DSCF0020

I am at a lost to reconcile that these represent humanity.

I know what this is not about – humanity is not just a bunch of people (as in my picture on Ju Ming’s sculpture).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

This week, I am running pretty late for submitting entries for the WPC: Work of Art.

Here are two pieces of art –  both wood sculptures by my favorite artist Ju Ming.DSCF0042

It appears that the artist has retained a lot of the original trees; minimum sculpturing to give us these wonderful sculptures.

The first sculpture is for a couple lying on the ground.

The second one is a vertical one, representing a seated girl.DSCF0031

Since 2007, Ju Ming only painted his sculptures with white color only.

Please enjoy 🙂


Bring Back the Girls!

The world always seem to be in a bit of chaos:

Around 250 girls in a boarding school in Nigeria were kidnapped and nowhere to be found!

The Malaysian airline MH370 seems to have been hijacked with over 200 people on board and no where to be found.

A ferry capsized in  seas of Korea, killing over 250 people including many students.

Mine exploded and killing as many in Turkey.

Such is the world we are living in!DSCF0047

I was reminded of Nigerian girls when I saw the sculptures of the school girls, posing outside their school. They were smiley and chatty!DSCF0016

Two of the girls, in particular, are happily taking to each other.

The sculptures of Ju Ming have again shown this quite vividly.

Ju Ming has reminded us of the lighter and happy side of the world we live in. Let’s smile and enjoy 🙂

Ju Ming’s Sculpture for Mother’s Day

Have I been insensitive to upload a photo about Marriage is like being inside a cage when today is Mothers’ Day (at least, in our part of the World)?

Ju Ming is great in portraying the human side in his carved wood sculptures.

This photo is for Mothers’ Day.DSCF0038

Ju Ming shows how much we have been cared for and how much we would like to cling to our mothers when we were children.

Happy Mothers’ Day 🙂

Ju Ming’s Sculpture – Marriage

Just went to the local Art’s Museum to have a good look at Taiwanese Ju Ming’s sculptures.

This one is quite thought provoking – it shows a couple within a cage.DSCF0052

I suppose those outside the cage may like to be married and bounded by the cage.

Though at the same time, some people inside would like to get out of it.

In any case, it is up to you to choose whether you want to be in the cage or not.

The door lock (not clearly shown in my picture) is inside the cage, so for those who want to go out, they can do so at their own discretion.

PS The figures are carved in foam.