Buddha_Statue_and_Flower_Bali

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 105mm. Exposure Details: 1/20 second @ f11 ISO 640.I've long had a fascination for statues of the Buddha. In particular the gentle, yet stylised representations of the Buddha from Thailand. As well as the compassion and meditative qualities evident in this artwork it's the expressive and delicate nature of the statues that I find appealing. The hands, for example, are full of poise. It's no co-incidence that these same traits and characteristics are evident in traditional Thai dance.

Interestingly the above image was made in Bali. Even though the dominant religion in Bali is Hinduism its common to see beautiful representations of the Buddha in stone and wood thought the island. Perhaps this a response to meet the needs of the tourist trade.

I found the above Buddha statue at the entrance to a restaurant high in the hills in the north of Bali. The scene was, with the exception of the flowers, quite devoid of color. To highlight the potency of the red flowers I employed Adobe Lightroom 3 to remove all other color within the scene.

By moving in close I was able to remove any distracting elements from the background and, in doing so, explore the relationship between the statue and the flowers. It's a very simple image. Perhaps that's why it works.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru