Pic of the Week_Serenity in Stone
Built in the 7th Century A.D., by King Agbo IV, the Medirigiriya ruins are located in a quiet, peaceful setting thirty-nine kilometres north of the famous ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
While the above image is an old one, recently emerging from my film-based archive and given a new life on the desktop, it brings back memories of the day and the very act of making the image. I remember wandering around the site with my best friend Cutts (Darren Cuttler) and the trouble I took to compose the image with my camera, firmly fixed to a Manfrotto 055 tripod, with one of those silly three-lever heads. These days I find the ball head to be a smaller, faster, more flexible, and superior alternative.
The site itself seems to possess a haunting power. It’s off the beaten path and, therefore, somewhat isolated. I remember being taken by the quiet solitude of the site. It was as though its history, spoken through the ages, somehow remained in the present. I hope that the grim textured surface of the stone Buddha statue, contrasting with the lush green of the surrounding lake and trees, provides a sense of the underlying power of the site.
Sri Lanka is a very beautiful country. Despite a turbulent recent history, the people of this island nation remain true to their Buddhist beliefs. They are kind, gentle and compassionate. I look forward to re-visiting this marvellous country again.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography