*Tin Hau Temple*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
As a Western European, you’re used to grandiose places of worship, built in the middle ages in the glory of the Lord. In Hong Kong, most places of worship are tiny and mostly discreet, but no less beautiful for it. Tin Hau Temple on Hong Kong Island (there are many more temples to Tin Hau elsewhere) is one such temple, but when the doors close at night, it takes on a very different look. This is what I wanted to capture here.
*Incense for Tin Hau*
There’s a temple to Tin Hau just down my street. It’s interesting in more than one way, but the most fascinating fact (to me) is that it used to be by the shore. With reclaimed land it’s now at least half a mile from the shore ! There are often offerings, incense or burning candles in front, and I tried to compose the incense brazier with the temple in the background.
In the Red Shadows
Another dark icon bathed in red light. I really like how ominous these feel…
Lady in White
Fuji x100f, 35mm
In addition to red and gold, this icon from a tiny temple on the edge of Tai Hang has a white dress, which conveys a peaceful feeling.
Bathed in Red
The icons of Chinese religion are so different from anything western that I find them utterly fascinating. I guess you can see how Christian missionaries might have thought these to be demons…
Fuji xpro2, 35mm
Hong Kong is littered with tiny temples. There are three within walking distance of my house and many many more I’ve been to. The scenes are often red and gold, and lit with numerous candles or lights. This one was the first entirely gold colour icon I saw though.
Aesclepius Wakes Up
Fuji xpro-2, 60mm, f/13, 8.5s, ISO 200
When I was in Rome for work last year I discovered the Temple of Aesclepius in the Villa Borghese, by the side of a little lake. Back then I had neither tripod nor zoom lens, so this time I came prepared. I went there early morning, after the sun was up, but not too high on the sky. I used an ND400 filter to get this 8 second exposure, and I’m very pleased with the result, basked in glorious morning light.
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/850s, ISO 200
There are a lot of temples in Bali, and a lot of stray dogs in the temples. This one was very peaceful, sitting at the front of one of the temple doors. Mind you it was so hot the poor creature must have been overheating like crazy…
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
Fuji xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/110s, ISO 200
Temples and, sometimes, houses in Bali are often protected by guardian statues called Bedogol in Balinese. I loved their fearsome look, their coiffes and the fact that they all carried a mean looking mace in one of their hands. This one (in font of the Petitenget temple) was covered in moss, and added bonus in my book.