This little boy stands in front of one of the many similar sized drums in the Drum Tower in Xi’an. Inside the tower is a display of many different types of Chinese drums used for music and ceremony.
The Drum Tower marks the entrance to the Muslim Quarter, and was built in 1380 to house a huge drum which was used for telling the time of day at dusk. In later times the drums were used to give warnings to the people in times of war.
Yes, you can bang on the drums if you wish. The day was very hot and oppressively humid but storm clouds were gathering and the afternoon light was becoming eerie. The rumbling sound of the many tower drums being beaten by tourists gave the impression of a massive thunderhead about to break over Xi’an. It eventually did as we were crossing Bell Tower Square, drenching us and sending us running and laughing through the crowded Xi’an streets while scores of amused Chinese watched us from under the shelter of shop eaves.
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paulw (2016) 2005-09-11 5:56
Lovely photo. Great colours to the image. Really cute kid. Well captured.
ahmet54 (3113) 2005-09-11 7:55
cut little drum boy in Xi'an drum-tower. But a little bit closer would be better. You can imagine the dimension of the drum als if it is not seen completely. I've done a WS to show what I mean. I hope you don't mind.
erdna (5711) 2005-09-11 20:29
Photographing the boy gainst the drum emphsizes the largeness of the drum. Good photo.
cbeardmore (68) 2005-09-13 23:08
You've gotta love those asian downpours after a hot and humid day!
Nice photo! The child lends to the perspective of the drum being even larger than it is. Where do they get the skins for these drums from - it appears to be seamless.
dsidwell (9783) 2005-09-18 20:06
Super sense of graphism here, Sally! Composition works very nicely, and the boy is framed very effective.
msuess (615) 2005-09-28 12:24
great photo! I like the little boy standing in front of that huge drum. The colors and the PoV is very good too.
mafan (290) 2005-10-16 17:27
hi sally, nice picture, the kid's expression is good - slightly impish. i agree with ahmet54; i would maybe have gone a bit closer. i'd also probably crop out as much of that sign on the right, as is possible. this picture is communicating the difference in size, and the sign throws things slightly out of balance & would be better if it wasn't there. obviously, this isn't something you have control over...unless you're a PS expert (or enjoy lugging around great big metal signs!)