Everywhere one looks at Bayon, one sees stone faces looking into eternity, smiling enigmatically as they brave Time and temporal corruption.
B&W photo given a sepia treatment from a scanned film used with my old Minolta SRT101.
The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.
The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.
The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes.
The current main conservatory body, the Japanese Government team for the Safeguarding of Angkor (the JSA) has described the temple as "the most striking expression of the baroque style" of Khmer architecture, as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat.
According to Angkor-scholar Maurice Glaize, the Bayon appears "as but a muddle of stones, a sort of moving chaos assaulting the sky."
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francio64 (39675) 2012-10-28 12:51
sono sempre stato attratto da questi luoghi e da tutto ci˛ che Ŕ archeologico e sono veramente pentito di non aver proseguito gli studi con l'universitÓ.
Fare l'archeologo sarebbe stata una bella professione per chi come me ama tutto questo.
A volte vorrei anche poter fare un salto indietro nel tempo all'epoca degli antichi cambogiani, giusto per vivere il periodo florido di questi luoghi.
Ottimo punto di ripresa che ben mette in vista il sorriso delle antiche sculture che come scrivi nel titolo, forse sorrideranno in eterno.
Bello il trattamento in bianco e nero.
Well done and TFS!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-10-29 2:35
Bayon temple is such a rich photographic playground and you have captured a lovely image here. The main smiling countenance placed well in the foreground and then echoed with the second face behind . My only comment with regard to the composition is i wonder if it might have been possible to move the main face more to the right so as it was closer to the third rather than in the centre. however having said that it is quite likely that it was impossible to move further to the left as access to some areas here can be tricky, and we wouldn't want you falling off a temple ledge. It is always easy to say "maybe you could" with these pictures but we don't see the limitations outside of the frame. These images cry out for the sepia treatment and I have a number of mine treated similarly- yours is outstanding. I wish I could visit again as I am so much more engrossed in my photography now than the first time I visited.
Thanks for sharing
PecoBud (3824) 2012-10-29 13:35
Klaudio, thank you so very much for your kind words and keeping me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. As I try to get back into the mix of things here on TE, I read the critiques of my last two photos and find it very hard holding back tears. It's nice to have an extended family that hasn't even met me before, which makes you all even that more special to me.
Gorgeous B&W photo, showing happiness. Superb clarity and presented perfectly and at the right time for me..........Thank you again Klaudio!!
TFS.......Your Friend from California.........Buddy
wolf38 (31284) 2012-11-01 10:57
Hello Klaudio. Faces chiseled in stone. One look is enough to see the world-famous facility in Seam Reap. I was a few years ago with some friends there. It takes a lot of time to explore all the temples. Rgds wolfgang.
pajaran (54536) 2012-11-01 23:59
Kod nas je poceo lep jesenji dan sa suncem.
Lep pogled na skulpturu ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepo pokazana skulptura.
Dobar rad sa filmom.
Prijatan dan i sve najbolje za vikend.
batalay (36719) 2012-11-02 19:19
In B&W this photos works especially well. I remember from my childhood seeing B&W images in old encyclopedias of Bayon. Those haunting hidden faces were precisely the memories I brought with me. I would love to see Cambodia, and of course its unquestionable gem Angkor Wat.
Incidentally, I posted a photo of Montenegro with you in mind. Thank you for the lovely note you wrote last time about your ancestors. My grandfather was born in Thesalanicca in 1881, and was a childhood friend of Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk). They attended the same schools, and even spent time in jail together for publishing anti-Ottoman literature. My father was born in Ohrid, then part of the Ottoman Empire, in 1910, when my grandfather was posted there. If you get a chance, take a look at A Love Story Lent a Helping Hand....
macondo (18623) 2012-11-03 22:59
This one's probably a little more successful than the other, with the faces closer to the camera, its slightly sepia look, and the way the stone stands out against the slightly hazy trees (they could almost be gums) behind, giving greater depth and focus. Plus, the lighter bits of stone seem to have more effect. There's no doubt that b/w does provide that sense of eternity or timelessness.
ikeharel (62081) 2012-11-04 2:24
At first I thought it was only my imagination, seeing a face carved on the rock - but reading the note, realized the whole.
Good choise of Sepia, sky's were not allowing good WB.
*** On the Baha'i shrine I had to apply "noise-reduction" due to strong light, "grained" the image.
Silvio1953 (129304) 2012-11-05 0:34
Ciao Klaudio, great POV on fantastic sculpture, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (20701) 2012-11-09 10:38
It was only a few days ago that I was standing in front of these stone faces. I like your sepia treatment that brings out the textures and detail very well. A super reminder of an outstanding place.
Kind Regards, Ann
kato (11630) 2012-11-24 22:42
Hi dear Klaudio,
You're capturing well the group of this stone face by good angle and excellent cepia tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the mysterious Buddhist's face minced by the huge stone. Considering whether it was built with a king's authority or it was built as incarnation of a Buddha, it is interesting.
leo61 (0) 2013-03-07 10:19
I`ve been there twice and never forget these smiles.I spent hours at Bayon and loved it.
Good composition with this tree and nice grey/sepia tones.