The earthquake memorial in Tianjin, just one of the cities severely affected by the 1976 earthquake, in which 26000 died in this city alone. In 2004, Tianjin had 10,240,000 people. The memorial is the pyramid shaped structure in the bg.
"The Tangshan earthquake (Chinese: 唐山大地震; Pinyin: tángshān dà dìzhèn) of July 28, 1976 is one of the largest earthquakes to hit the modern world, in terms of the loss of life. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Tangshan in Hebei, China, an industrial city with approximately one million inhabitants. The earthquake left 242,419 people dead, according to official figures, though some sources offer estimates as high as 750,000" Sources & more info here:
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bostankorkulugu (41838) 2007-09-07 0:35
hello chris... what a contrast between the grey and dull concrete block on the background and the flowers in colour parade in the foreground... very eye-catching one, congrats...
all the best
Gustaw (21670) 2007-09-07 0:50
Hallo my friend!
This time photo from China. Very interesting view. In comunism time in Poland was many comunist pictures... Good composition and interesting colours. Well done.
snunney (78641) 2007-09-07 1:30
A very colourful composition of this memorial to the many. I like the choice of the low angle of view.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2007-09-07 1:41
Nice contrast between the colours in the picture and the background.
Muse (34938) 2007-09-07 1:52
Superbe tapis de fleurs.
De très belles couleurs.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-09-07 2:49
Very nice picture with these colourfull gardens. I like the contrast between colours and the background
TFS and have a nice weekend
jhm (134384) 2007-09-07 4:47
I like flower gardens certainly with a lot different flowers as well as here.
A pity for all the people during the earthquake but you took a very lovely picture from this symbolic keepsake, very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
bracasha75 (24517) 2007-09-07 6:12
Great view and lovely colors...
Thanks for so greath image
UnTrained (0) 2007-09-07 6:17
what a colourful flower memorial. Well presented by your capture against that building in the background. A clear difference to European culture as I won't expect any memorial such colourful.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
danos (82615) 2007-09-07 8:09
nice this colourful decoration of this memorial monument for all 242,419 people that dead according to official elements and all the others until the number of 750.000 of unofficial number.A great composition with all these flowers.Informative your note too.Well done Chris.
Leo71538 (552) 2007-09-07 11:16
Really amazing. Sorry for the shake but this photo shows that life is an ongoing stream.
Greetings from Iran.
Cricri (100205) 2007-09-07 12:12
Bon détails et couleurs dans cette jolie image
un contraste avec le fond, belle réalisation
Have a nice Weenkend
alvaraalto (5475) 2007-09-07 15:02
Nice combination these colourful flowers and the Chinese characters.
Attractive composition full of cheerfulness.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2007-09-07 16:51
Nice colorful memorial garden.
Very good POV and framing. Great sharpness.
Have a nice weekend
siolaw (38018) 2007-09-07 17:49
An interesting shot of this garden with nice colorful flowers.. weather didn't help you but colors came nicely and sharpness is ok. The Chinese script on the wall tells us where we are..
berek (32605) 2007-09-07 22:15
lovely colorful garden. beautiful flowers. have nice weekend.
tsti003 (285) 2007-09-08 3:30
Hi Chris Jules
I'm sorry if I seem to be rather hypercritical here, especially as you have received so many wonderful comments from other members. But frankly, I just don't get it.
This photograph doesn't command my attention or communicate any feeling. Your notes helped a lot of course, but without them, this shot would have been meaningless to me.
My main criticism is that there is no unity here. There is nothing that I can see that gives this picture some sort of order (to all or even to some of the elements here). Nothing, I can see here contributes to a unified aesthetic effect when I try to look at this image as a whole.
What I see here is chaos; there are just too many conflicting elements here. The flowers are quite lovely and the reds and yellows compliment one another very well but they lack sharpness and texture.
And then beyond this we have a miscellany of sculptured trees that should, at least have provided some sort of balance to the scene. But they don't.
And finally, there is that background, that gray sky and that ugly construction site. It’s too overpowering and distracting and when I let my eye scan this picture it always stops on that construction site, because it is the most dominant feature of this photograph and therefore becomes my point of interest.
I do apologize for my bluntness and I sincerely hope that you are not offended by this critique. Clearly, there will be many who will want disagree with me and that of course, is there prerogative.
But when I read comments like, good composition and interesting colours, great view, great sharpness, good POV and framing. I have to ask myself what is it that I cannot see in this photograph.
toto (0) 2007-09-08 10:56
Belle photo de cette place si bien décorée par des centaines de jolies fleus colorées et ces superbes montages. Magnifique prise qui ravit mes yeux et presque mes narines tellement j' ai l' impression d' y etre grace a votre belle photo. Merci Amitiés Thomas
Matthew-Watt (6043) 2007-09-09 16:11
I find this quite a dynamic shot. There is certainly a communist feel about it, but with the sickle and hammer looming I suppose that is stating the obvious. I like the faded background board with the large characters written on it, and the strange topiary structures on the right side. My only criticism is that that strange tower-like thing on the right and the palm under it be either fully included or totally omitted. I think the hazy skies help turn the focus to the plants in the FG. Certainly a good deal of history, so thanks for the detailed note. Well seen and captured.
batalay (34571) 2007-09-09 16:13
Resplendant colors mask the tragedy that the site memorializes (but didn't you mean 260,000 instead of 26,000 lives lost in Tianjin). I remember the earthquake well, and in 1983 when I visited that somber memory was omnipresent. Great shot, Chris. Have a good week,
stego (22558) 2007-09-09 20:18
That beautiful colours and the shapes of the garden and the communist logo enabled you a eye catching tidy compo, despite the ugly sky and bg. Anyway, the building is really there and one of the things that we appreciate in TE is "knowing about the world", so that doesn't reach the point of being a flaw.
Emile (20350) 2007-09-10 22:29
A beautiful colorful picture, very good colors contrast and great composition with the presence of the garden and the memorial sculpture in the back. Good shot.
Well done. TFS.
danyy (0) 2007-09-23 14:25
une belle photo su le plan des couleurs, mais je trouve qu'elle manque vraiment de netteté au premier plan, dans les fleurs.
Le sujet est interessant, les fleurs, c'est ce qui manque dans certaines villes, surtout en dehors des mémoriaux.
Bel hommage aux victimes.
Angshu (54489) 2007-09-27 20:43
The FG is colourful thanks to the flowers. Interesting shapes in the BG. The contrast with the dull grey BG is strong. The building in the BG is an eyesore, but little you could do about it. Nice work!
Graal (95007) 2007-10-20 3:46
unusual pattern, amzin composition with flowers, interesting place and theme. I like it. Good work.
magiqa (1292) 2007-12-22 15:42
Beautiful with all those flowers! Lovely colours! But such a sad history about that terrible earthquake. Good that you remind about how unsafe the earth is, with or without human violence. Nature is not trustable either.