Detail from The Wheel of Life inside the sculpture garden of Salakaewkoo, or Wat Kaek, in the town of Nong Khai, Thailand.
The park and all of its sculptures were designed and created by a Laotian shaman named Luang Poo Boun Leua Sourirat and a group of his followers. His work reflects his spiritual beliefs; Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, animism, as well as a very strong distaste for communism, which was sweeping across his home country of Laos.
The sculptures are mostly brick with stucco, and not very old or graceful. Regardless, it is, perhaps, one of the most photogenic locations in the northeast of Thailand.
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BrianGraney (1738) 2007-04-07 9:54
Very unusual composition and very effective.
It's a bit dull and flat in B&W, but this could probably be corrected in PS - I may have a go later.
But nice idea!
Kenggaroo (849) 2007-04-07 10:10
Impactful image, Mike
Good image of guardian angle in front of the big buddha face. The simple center composition is very powerful and effective with a shallow DOF. Looks like double portait.
puzzle (700) 2007-04-07 20:24
i liked your choice of choosing black and white,cause it deduces the details,the expression of the statue which would be missed under amazing colors..
nice photo again..
Silvio1953 (120494) 2007-04-10 12:25
Ciao Mike, fascinating B&W of lovely architecture with splendid focus, very well done, ciao Silvio
kinginexile (2598) 2007-05-10 22:11
Nice eye again there, though maybe it misses a tad contrast. We have a few shots of this place in the Nong Khai page on TE. It is certainly unique, but I appreciate that you privileged here a sense of strentgh thru composition out of few elements, rather than trying to take it all in. The old monk died in 94, quite a character, yet, he was disliked in Nong Khai, where all sorts of rumours circulated about him ( I put a shot of him as a WS on ChrisJ's posting).
- Copyright: Mike Coburn (Tilapia) (176)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-01-03
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon Powershot S3IS
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-04-07 9:26