In this otherewise sombre scene the flowers gave a touch of life.
This gentle and serene figure is known as Jizo, a Japanese Bodhisattva. Japanese Buddhists believe that Jizo assists the wandering souls of deceased children and those condemned to Hell. Jizo figures at Hase-dera in Kamakura are placed here by parents that hae lost young infants or have miscarried.
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fabio_ts (13694) 2005-09-12 8:11
WOW!! ..so beautiful..
a great graphical impact composition Elaine..
I love the way that you have added a touch of life to the Jizo figures with the flowers in foreground..
really original and well done, complimens!!
Paolo (41222) 2005-09-12 8:17
Hi Elaine, what a delicious image!
a great pattern style composition made of statues!
good POV and amazing colors and light.
ALSOM (6616) 2005-09-12 8:25
What a nice compo. very pleasant for eyes.
I like th flowers on the side that break the pattern.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2005-09-12 8:29
Nice composition and great combination between the figures and the flowers. Great definition too.
ChrisJ (94348) 2005-09-12 8:40
I like the repetition of the Buddhas, & the splash of color, afforded by the flowers. A superb pov. Well done!
hlaingwinnhtun (139) 2005-09-12 8:47
Great photo !!
ajcsousa (1804) 2005-09-12 9:12
Very nice composition. Really nice use of the repetition, with thos flowers in the lower left corner breaking it. Well done
zig (2456) 2005-09-12 9:31
The shot itself is very nice, great graphical patterns which I have never tried to take. Yes, it's great.
Maybe because I am Japanese so I don't feel easy when I see a shot of Jizos especially just as you said in the note, they are for assisting souls of deceased children and so on. I feel like as if I see souls of children in the shot... Oneday I happened to take shots of Jizos in a temple and it made me feel very uncomfy and scared as if my camera really caught some floating souls and I would see them in the shots.
I am telling you this because this one offers a good chance to know different ideas of different people on the earth. "Learn about the world through photography", you know. I assure you that the shot is very very nice.
clodreno (0) 2005-09-12 10:07
a nice image Elen.. I like it a lot,
the repetition of those figures is well organized..
starbug (6924) 2005-09-12 10:07
Excellent composition, the flowers are an unexpected but well fitted addition..really interesing image!
king (2905) 2005-09-12 12:09
Very often it's simplicity that makes a picture nice. Your picture confirms this statement.
Very often it's a contrast that makes a picture nice. Here: multi-coloured, disordered nature vs mono-coloured, ordered Jizo's.
In short: good shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Huub de K.
ishai (4097) 2005-09-12 16:05
Great repetition Elaine,
And I thought you did not like abstract
I like the original touch with the flowers here,
Good details and DOF
The POV is good too here
kinginexile (2598) 2005-09-12 16:58
lovely compo and informative note, great framing or cropping, the repetition of figures broken up by the flowers could not be livelier, in the context you shot.
hdl (6995) 2005-09-13 6:03
Hi Elaine. Good graphical effect and repetetive subject broken by the colourful flowers. Good contrast. I'll be back.
Albrecht (11281) 2005-09-13 10:51
What a great compo; I love the flower corner as a contrast. Well seen and composed.
< Greetings Albrecht >
flydragon (0) 2005-09-13 14:14
graphic and beautifull
i like this pattern
but the flower in the corner
is a real plus
very well seen
gaby (19819) 2005-09-13 15:38
Elaine amazing and wonderful shot - splendid compo and great tones -
Furachan (0) 2005-09-14 4:40
How incredibly well seen, Elaine. Magnificent compo here. Miscarried, yes or "aborted" to tell the whole, unvarnished truth. It's a heartrendering place, that...
Your framing, the muted colors, the dignity and compassion that emantes from this image, are outstanding. Into my FAVs it goeth...
designsoul (21492) 2005-09-14 10:18
What a beautiful image, Elaine, very well seen, very nicely composed. The diagonal of the little Jizos with the flowers make a superb pov...
ukasz (799) 2005-09-14 14:57
this is an interesting pattern of repetitive multitudinous figures and the flowers give a nice break to it :) nice idea :) greetings
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-09-16 3:00
Now I like the repetition here very much, and the addition of some colour is very good as well, but why did you pcik those really ugly chrysanthemums?? ;-)
Nice PoV, Elaine! I am very fond of the way they hold their hands, it looks as if (and they are, probably) carrying something very precious.
Mongolian people holds their hands like that when you give them something, and I know of countries in Africa who accept their food like that. I like it, it's a very nice gesture.
KevRyan (22952) 2005-09-17 4:32
our second Jizo -
the turning tide brings flowers
I've never physically been to Kamakura but I have exhibited some work there and have communicated with people living there (nearby) or visiting - I might have gone two years ago but life took different turns.Your picture connects me to something beyond the photography - fine and beautifully observed as it is.
For many reasons I feel connected with Kamakura - visually, through haiku, through friendships and collaborations, spiritually - this picture of Jizo connects me with the loss of two of our children who weren't to be - so it is a very emotional and a very gentle and beautiful picture to see such a place to give them a home. Sad but also comforting to see their Buddha nature amongst so many others.
If I ever do go perhaps there is something I would like to do now.
Many thanks Elaine
best wishes Kev
AmiBe (6042) 2005-09-23 18:01
very good pattern, the statues are well organized.
Good idea to include the flowers.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-10-05 17:52
This is very artistic and graphical. I like it a lot. nicely composed and titled. Well done!
maurazos (0) 2006-01-12 13:33
Great exercise of geometry.
The flowers in the corner gives the image a very fresh variation.
srpablillo (225) 2006-04-26 4:55
Vwey nice picture. Geometrical pattern picture, broken on geometry and more important: on colours with the flowers, semi focused, not to distract to much the viewer. Great shot, great idea.
s10001in (0) 2006-06-07 11:23
Great graphical presentation.
Very well done. TFS,
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14289)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-09
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DG
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2005-09-12 8:05
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