I don't mean to sound flippant using this title. This is a Chinese Buddhist temple and the people praying here are very devout worshippers. What I meant by it is that, as a Christian I also prayed in this temple. And the caretakers of the temple were happy for me to do so. I asked these people if they minded me taking the photo, and they didn't. In my very humble opinion, the example set by these people's acceptance and tolerance of people who are different is an important key to the continued survival of mankind.
This photo was taken at Thean Hou Temple on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur during the lead-up to Chinese New Year which occurs this year on 24 January.
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tyro (26142) 2012-01-21 19:12
We might often be flippant in our many conversations here but I suspect, like me, you must confess to having a lot more faith in the Almighty than many of our brothers and sisters.
And so it is uplifting that you have posted this fine photograph of people at prayer and even more appropriate that you joined with them in your dedication.
Tolerance and respect for others must be paramount in our minds in these troubled times and this fine picture is one of peaceful dedication. Your photograph has a fine intimacy to it: lots of fine detail, perfectly exposed and well composed too. The black and white suits the picture well.
May Your God go with you.....
tusharkmandal (3173) 2012-01-21 21:33
I really feel good about you that you have done so. And I find the title nice. Thats the essence of travel and knowing different cultures and people. Opening up out minds and hearts and embracing them.
Happy to see your efforts for human subjects again. :)
lousat (95996) 2012-01-22 1:01
Ciao Lisa,grande risultato in una posizione difficile e controluce impossibile,magnifica riproduzione del momento di preghiera con la grande cattura dei volti immersi nella meditazione del momento.Complimenti e buona settimana,Luciano
Silvio1953 (150439) 2012-01-22 1:36
Ciao Lisa, bel bianco e nero, splendide le espressioni dei ragazzi in preghiera, controluce ai confini della realtà, solo tu potevi riuscirci, bravissima, buona Domenica, un abbraccio Silvio
snunney (104877) 2012-01-22 2:22
You have captured a magical moment here; a scene full of peace and serenity and with a story to tell. Black and white was the perfect choice.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-01-22 2:26
hai affidato bene a B&W questa immagine di intima religiosità.
Ben inquadrata la scena con le espressioni dei soggetti ottimamente colte,
BluSimo (9392) 2012-01-22 2:37
e bentornata! :-)
Mi piace molto questa foto e soprattutto la tua nota, che condivido, anche se so che mai accadrà su larga scala quello che è accaduto a te qui in questo tempio. Tornando alla foto, mi piace la collocazione delle tre persone entro le due statue scure, e trovo ottima la scelta del B/W qui, quasi a sottolineare l'uguaglianza, che forse il colore non avrebbe reso possibile.
sei brava Lisa
un caro saluto
p.s. nel tuo profilo c'è una donna bellissima e dallo sguardo intenso, mi piace molto di più delle altre, forse perché è più vera :-)
ikeharel (76297) 2012-01-22 4:12
This is a common scene throughout SE-Asia, I remember people in a similar pose when I was in shrines in HK and Macau.
Face's expression collected well, B&W choise to offset sky on BG.
Have a nice week ahead,
diomed (13926) 2012-01-22 4:17
ottimo colpo d'occhio questo momento di concentrazione nella preghiera. Condivido anche la scelta del bianco e nero ed il tuo titolo.
francio64 (39888) 2012-01-22 5:29
ho visto una festa religiosa simile a questa a Melbourne.
Era per l'appunto la giornata del Budda, festeggiata dal popolo orientale.
In futuro posterò.
Ragazzi assorti nella preghiera, ben catturati.
bayno (18344) 2012-01-22 5:52
Ciao Lisuzza, molto toccante la tua nota, riguardo la religione credo che ognuno sia libero di credere e non credere a qualsiasi cosa, ma rispetto alla tolleranza, l'ugualianza e il rispetto per gli altri...credo che siano valori imprenscindibili...e senza di quelli non si vive bene e si diventa razzisti, un bellissimo scatto e appropriata la scelta per il B&W, un carissimo saluto, Valter
Sergiom (86177) 2012-01-22 6:01
I like the point of view a lot. They don't concern themselves with you or your camera wich is a plus. The black and white is well chosen.
Have a great day
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-01-22 8:02
Ciao ma chère Lisuzza-san,
I couldn’t agree more! What a touchingly thoughtful note accompanying this beautiful image. The key word “tolerance” is being well noted. Indeed, if we could accept each other with more tolerance, this world in which we live would be a much more rewarding place. If there are 100 people, there will be naturally 100 different opinions and beliefs. Instead of concentrating on the difference, we should be ready to make an extra effort to accept each other; the society in which we live would be far more united and less conflicted. The B&W image with notably well managed greys helps us to focus on the subject. And indeed the people praying at the temple are a reflected image of all of us. In spite of difference in belief, our desire to pray for a greater being than us is the same. I appreciate the image very much.
With my warmest regards,
Have a very nice week ahead, Lisuzza-san
P.S: I thank you Lisuzza-san.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-01-22 9:13
Ola Lisa ,
Uma imagem bem forte com estas pessoas a rezar , boa escolha pelo preto e branco , bons detalhes , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Royaldevon (41909) 2012-01-22 11:55
Acceptance and tolerance of others is a creed that we should all follow; if that were so, there would be so much less violence in the world.
I like your shot very much. The three people, totally absorbed in their worship, are nicely framed by the verticals. The photograph creates a wonderful sense of serenity.
My warm regards,
dkmurphys (62947) 2012-01-22 13:27
Fine capture from that exothic world. A good bw scene, well seen.
Have a good week.
vasilpro (41661) 2012-01-22 15:34
Beautiful scene with interesting informations about the worship in Malaysia, excellent POV and B&W presentation, lovely light management, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
macjake (71113) 2012-01-22 21:55
you know i have to get it off my chest first and foremost...i don't like the visual intrusion of the subject on the left, and i'm sure you agree.
but whats important here is the human connection that many people will experience. Its the human interaction, while even though not shared in communication its shared emotionally, and thats transferred through the photo.
well done my friend.
Zengi001 (2837) 2012-01-23 1:33
Good natural daily life shot.
Good B&W choice.
All the best,
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-23 3:24
I am a Hindu but I have lots of respects for Buddhism which in my opinion is a very peaceful and tolerant religion. Do you know in Buddhism, the prayers are done for everyone's welfare. It radiates love and peace.
This is a beautiful image showing the faith in the form of prayers. I like the concentration and the peaceful atmosphere.
BennyV (19783) 2012-01-23 4:56
The two verticals that frame the worshippers are great elements in the composition. The picture is certainly good enough, but your note strikes me more. Personally I don't really believe in any god (yours, theirs...), but I do find buddhism very appealing. What I love most about it, is that generally it is devoid of that us-versus-them feeling that I find so disturbing in religions. To me that's OK in football, not as a philosphy of life. Just my twocents...
Tolerance and respect are the essentials here, nothing more, nothing less.
Cheers & thanks for provoking thoughts.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-23 5:23
a sensitive and quite moving composition. Wonderful commentary to accompany the perfectly executed image and elegant presentation. Beautiful!
Hope you have a good week - regards Brian.
DjoleE_ (0) 2012-01-23 7:58
Hello dear Lisa.
and all that you do.
Excellent text that accompanies the image.
A good text that accompanies the image.
skippy007 (12510) 2012-01-23 18:19
Ciao Cara, I'm not sure what you experienced in this Temple, what I do know is that I found, not only the Buddhist Temples but also the Mosques, to be so calm, quite & peaceful, I always left feeling at ease with myself & the world. As a young man I remember telling a Priest that I had difficulty with religion & felt I had no need for it, he replied that it was important to believed in a supreme being, the road I take really doesn't matter because they all lead to the same place, something that we tend to forget at times. I like the BW treatment, I think it is symbolical of how were at times are distracted by colour. Well done, Compliments
Un caro abbraccio
kordinator (21569) 2012-02-09 23:14
And I commented this your work yesterday, she found a surprise to me is not rated by me.
A great group portrait.
Fine black and white composition.
Fantastic scene where they show people who pray in Buddhist temple.
Noel_Byrne (33148) 2013-03-01 3:47
beautiful note to accompany this fine B&W. We could learn a lot from these fine people. Certainly in Ireland, we are tired of religious intolerance, which thankfully seems to be changing for the better in recent times. It must be a nice thing to be able to pray in a temple with such wonderful peers.
Love the dragon detail on the column too, I'm a big fan of dragons!
All the best