Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Talons - Pingtung

Chinese temples are interesting in that they are covered what we consider frightening images in western folklore: sharp-clawed, fire-breathing dragons, snarling lions, men and women with sharp swords and fierce expressions. Fear does play a part in local religious beliefs and everyday customs, as offerings are made to pacify angry monsters, avoid unhappy ancestral spirits, and feng shui guidelines observed to ward off bad luck.

*Obviously personal beliefs and practices vary, and I would not apply these generalizations to Buddhism or Taoism as a whole.


Blogger Myself said...

Fuji FinePix S5000
Date - 3/31/05
ISO - 160
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/550
Focal Length - 46mm

I tried cropping this several different ways on and off camera, all to the detriment of the imposing effect I was looking for. Bisecting the frame draws a line between the human and temple world emphasizes tenacity of the dragon reaching across.


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