One in a series of pictures taken on a visit to Ayutthaya historical park from Bangkok.
The Ayutthaya historical park covers a large part of the ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. The city was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.
In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began working on renovation of some of the ruins. The work became more serious after the area was declared a historical park in 1976. The park was subsequently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
Thirty-five kings ruled the Ayutthaya kingdom during its existence. King Narai (1656 CE to 1688 CE) not only held court in Ayutthaya but also from his palace in the nearby city of Lopburi, from where he ruled 8–9 months in the year.
There are large number of separate sites within the historical park comprising a considerable number of temples, a few intact and still in use, a large number of others have been restored to various degrees, yet others are no longer visible. There is also a visitor centre offering information and guides for touring the park
Further information regarding the park's UNESCO status can be viewed by clicking here.
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Royaldevon (33389) 2013-04-18 0:39
Your Wikipedia link tells us that the Burmese Army sacked the city and caused its abandonment. I surmise that this what happened to the row of statues, which appear to have been systematically beheaded. It must have been a great trauma at the time.
The converging lines draw us into the shot, whilst the repeating statues confirm the devastation. We can, however, imagine it might have been.
A well managed, well composed shot.
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-04-18 2:27
an original and fascinating shot this. It is an intriguing perspective with such rich textures and shades. A clever observation and wonderfully creative presentation. Like it a lot!
Regards - Brian.
jhm (144374) 2013-04-18 3:18
These picture is very well taken, with all these stone seats get we a very nice view about these environment.
The old wall in brickwork gives a nice feeling of the time or when.
We get a lovely view on this old building.
Excellent presentation, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (67592) 2013-04-18 5:25
J'ai pris exactement la même lors de mon périple. Le mur forme une belle diagonale dans l'image ce qui donne de la profondeur à l'ensemble.
Silvio1953 (130564) 2013-04-18 6:17
Ciao Stephen, fashinating composition with fantastic perspective on old statues, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-04-18 6:28
beautiful picture of this place with magnificent perspective and I like the texture of the wall. Colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are greatly manage. Beautiful photo job. Like it a lot.
All the best,
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-18 6:36
Hi Stephen - a nice shot, with the lines leading toward an out-of-frame vanishing point. Good colors and an interesting subject. I assume these statues were of the Kings of Ayutthaya, and that they were destroyed in the invasion?
Nicou (130275) 2013-04-18 7:39
Toutes ces statue sans leur tête quelle vue et perspective avec ce mur de brique ocre superbe image et cadrage.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (27464) 2013-04-18 8:29
Great composition here, the lead in to the shot from the shelf the statues sit on is perfect. As bev mentions above, this does seem like the scene of a massacre, with the statues allmissing the heads. Impressive ruin, and the greenry in the wall looks great.
All the best
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-18 11:06
A beautiful view of old architecture. Very well framed the details in this perfectly well done photo. Very well managed the colors, lights and clarity.
pierrefonds (60456) 2013-04-18 15:36
The row of artwork is giving perpesctive to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the artwork and of the wall. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
fabbs99 (16817) 2013-04-18 21:35
Never seen beheaded statues like these.Great presentation.Very well done.TFS.
Cricri (111533) 2013-04-18 21:46
Un coté a la fois original et intéressant de ces statues en belle perspective sur le mur de pierres, bonne lumière qui renforce les détails, belle présentation
ourania (36490) 2013-04-19 10:18
a very intriguing archeological site with all these headless statues sitting in a row along the brick structure. Your composition is simple, direct and effective; you've captured the suggestiveness and fascination of this sight excellently handling perspective and lighting very aptly. Sharpness is superb and I like very much the shadow between the bright colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
delpeoples (55094) 2013-04-21 1:21
A fascinating pplace, what a pity that the statues have been damaged like that. it still doesn;t take a thing away from the beauty of the photo. I like the perspective and the converging line of the wall. The textures and colours have been beautifully rendered and you coped well with the problems the shade here presented.
Have a great Sunday
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (90030)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-18 0:25