Once in China it's quite worth to get up early (and I mean really early) because early in the morning the streets and the parks get full of people and life. We can find the most incredible things. This is a scene I found near the Heaven's Temple, in Beijing. An old man was writing on the pavement and some others were watching him. I asked someone what it was and I was told that it was a poem. It's very common there, to see people showing their writing skills on the pavement, using just water.
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ruisc_pt (10890) 2008-07-08 15:11
Uma imagem forte com uma mensagem enérgica deixando o observador deambular por muitos e subjectivos aspectos da realidade chinesa.
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worldcitizen (7209) 2008-07-08 16:38
This is an interesting daily life scene. It is a good idea to write with water!! I like the nice, clear view of the Chinese characters in the foreground, and the activity going on in the background, too.
Charo (51210) 2008-07-08 17:45
Original capturar e única maneira de passar o tempo. Excelente leva muito enérgico e boa profundidade.
skippy007 (12510) 2008-07-09 0:27
A very interesting scene showing us some of the customs of people from this part of the world. A nice clear image capturing this activity with good light & detail. Good note.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2008-07-09 0:44
Indeed it would be interesting to see such daily life scene early morning. I wonder what the writing in the pavement translates to. Well captured and presented. I like the overall image and color quality. Well done! tfs
dareco (17134) 2008-07-09 1:33
A very unique scene! An excellent capture. First thing in the morning and he's writing a poem? He must have a very happy heart! Very good detail! TFS and have a happy day!
Jardim (3243) 2008-07-10 14:12
Eu acho que captaste de uma forma muito interessante este costume chinês de escrever no chão com água.A foto está com umas boas cores e nitidez.
Por outro lado acho que este costume tem um lado romântico e efemero.
batalay (35875) 2008-07-10 17:27
The man creating calligraphy makes a most compelling sight. The others watching makes it even better. What a trip you had to China, that you can keep sharing and sharing with us all, giving us the vicarious feeling of having visited China ourselves.
Waylim (25368) 2008-07-10 18:23
When I learn Chinese brush painting they make us use just water to practice our strokes and same goes for Calligraphy. You can see very well the shape when it was wet and it disappear as it dry. Not bad of an idea really. No waste of ink and paper. You get to enjoy it for that moment, a good philosophy too. Seize the moment before it's gone. Great daily life shot. Technically all if just fine, but I love the depiction of the scene and life style. Thanks for sharing.
siolaw (38290) 2008-07-10 21:55
An interesting daily life scene, showing us this strange way to show one's calligraphic skills! Light is excellent and colors follow suit!
Sharp and clear too.
A good TE spirit post
riclopes (35577) 2008-07-11 2:05
Espectacular, Anabela. Uma cena destas nunca tinha visto, mas são coisas destas que me fascinaram na cultura chinesa. E sim, levantar bem cedo é essencial, uma coisa que também gosto muito nos chineses. Boa foto documental. Devia estar um frio de rachar... ;-)
danos (88347) 2008-07-11 3:41
i have seen this kind of painting with water in pavements in China and i can say that it is very impressive but at the same time difficult one. Very good the presentation with the artist on the work.Well done.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-07-11 7:44
Estas letras tem arte. Muito intetressante esta cena do dia a dia. O angulo e as cores estao magnificos
Abraço e bom fim de senana
xuaxo (6846) 2008-07-14 9:56
Que actividade tão interessante!
Uma foto completamente nos objectivos do TE: mostrar-nos o mundo, em especial dar a conhecer coisas que nem imaginamos.
Angshu (56190) 2008-07-17 20:48
You've captured creativity here, which would unfortunately vanish after some time. Something very different & interesting from China & in perfect synch. with the motive of this site. I like it a lot.
stego (24030) 2008-07-18 10:55
Esta não sabia eu! Estes chineses são doidos, mas ao mesmo tempo muito interessantes também! Com que então escrever poemas no chão com água? Já tinha ouvido falar de arte efémera, mais nunca pensei que pudesse haver arte *tão* efémera. Bemapanhada, valeu a pena teres-te levantado cedo.
Um abraço, José.
maloutim (9637) 2008-07-20 1:11
Une photo et une note très intéressantes, qui nous montrent bien les coutumes pacifiques de ce grand peuple! même si leurs dirigeants le sont moins.
Joli gros plan sur ce groupe de retraités et sur cette avenue qui mène au temple du firmament, bordées de lampadaires typiques qui mettent un peu de couleurs dans la grisaille du matin.
Un très bon dimanche et bien amicalement.
paura (47166) 2008-07-23 11:52
Mis do que interessante sua fotografia. A composição está excelente para mostrar tão incomum visão.
banyanman (7789) 2008-08-07 8:32
Hi Ana. Yes, you are right this is very common in Beijing, and you have captured the scene well to show both the script on the pavement as well as a man holding one of the brushes, so we can see what the writing instrument is like. It's such a pity that the script dries out so quickly and disappears - sometimes I wonder if they are tempted to replace the water with ink! CHeers . . . David
es841 (2113) 2008-08-21 23:36
Très jolie photo... J'aime beaucoup le concept de l'écriture éphémère... merci pour le partage et l'explication très enrichissante.
casperduppy (1590) 2008-11-16 12:41
Street graffiti that just fades away without anything left over.
What a wonderful way to express one's self. I do like subway/street/spraycan art, but writing with water must be quite special. It is not as if your work will remain for ever, like ink from a pen or paint from a spray can. For the writers it must be quite humbling to finish your poem, your work, only to see the water marks evaporate and drift off into fresh air. As if making a wish, or saying a prayer... like blowing out a candle on a birthday cake, that sort of thing...
It is a nice capture of something I never knew existed. It is nice to keep learning :-)
TFS - Casper
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (38709)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-02-20
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-08 14:48