Contemplation_Buddha Statue_Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm lens @ 55mm. Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f7.1 ISO 400.I've long had a fascination for statues and statues of the Buddha are no exception. So far my favourite Buddha statues are from Thailand. They seem, to my mind, to represent the notion of the Buddha and Buddhist philosophy in the most graceful manner.

I particularly like statues that explore narrative (e.g. relationships) and the notion of The Human Condition which has underpinned much of my own work over the years.

I feel that photography has the power to bring statues and other inanimate bodies alive. In the process these objects become subjects and allow us to better understand our own existence.

I photographed the above statue up close to draw attention to its cracked surface and contemplative expression. To further enhance the emotive qualities of the image I employed Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 to increase local contrast, add subtle color hues and allow the statues face to stand out against the background.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru